Arctic Peppermint Mocha Shake and A Little Help for the Holidays from Kraft

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Preparing for the holidays seems to be the same every year for me.  I enter with the best intention to develop a thoughtful plan for gifts for all on our family list.  To have extended sessions of homemade gift creation.  To have everything in the mail extra early. To be thoughtfully frugal with my purchases which is much easier to do when starting early.

Inevitably it ends the same.  I’m devoured by the month of December.  School performances, sporting events, someone gets sick and I end up throwing money at the situation to make it all come together.  This year is really no different other than I feel determined to save money in my last minute frenzy.  I paid attention to Cyber Monday savings and coupons when available.  I feel sure I can fulfill my gift list and save a little in the process.

Arctic Peppermint Mocha Shake -  BoulderLocavore.com

The same goes for holiday treats.  I shudder to imagine the amount dropped at our favorite coffee chain that is conveniently located in every possible store where I’d shop.  Their list of tantalizing holiday treats is unending and expert in lulling one into feeling they are celebrating the season each time a frothy seasonally-flavored latte is consumed.

I must admit I love a good Mocha from time to time but conversely to the season, I like it cold.  The last time I was digging out $15 to treat my brood in holiday refreshments it struck me it would be easy to make these drinks at home…..and for a fraction of the cost.  Four simple ingredients and we are now drinking Arctic Peppermint Mocha Shakes (with whipped cream) in the cozy privacy of our home.  And you can too!

Arctic Peppermint Mocha Shakes

Yield: 4-12 ounce milkshakes

These shakes are easy to make in minutes at home and a great way to celebrate the season! The portions make 4 large 12 ounce shakes with a bit leftover and can be served in smaller glasses to make the treat serve more!

Because all brewed coffee is not created equal, and everyone's taste for coffee is different, I suggest starting with 1/3 cup brewed coffee and adding more if desired once the milkshake is blended.

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups Chocolate Ice Cream
  • 1/3-1/2 cup brewed Coffee, cooled
  • 1 teaspoon Mint extract
  • 2 1/2 cups Milk
  • Optional: Whipped Cream

Instructions

  1. Place the ice cream, coffee, mint extract and milk in a blender. Blend until thick and creamy!
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Arctic Peppermint Mocha Shake Gevalia Coffee |  BoulderLocavore.com

I remember when Gevalia coffee first came out. I believe it could be ordered and mailed at regular intervals and seemed quite exotic. With the myriad of boutique coffee options that have bound onto the coffee-drinking scene over the past decade, I’d honestly forgotten about Gevalia until recently when I have become completely humored by their cheeky commercials with a good looking Nordic man suggesting to unsuspecting woman at the grocery store or book group that she really should try a cup of ‘Johan’. I smiled when I saw it on the shelf at Target and picked some up to use in the Arctic Peppermint Mocha Shake (discounted with a coupon I might add!)

From shopping for gifts to planning family dinners, it’s hard to keep up with all your holiday to-do’s. This year, Kraft is helping out with great weeknight meals and entertaining ideas to make the season a little bit easier. Plus, Kraft is offering up to $20 in coupons, redeemable exclusively at Target, to make food shopping easier and to help you have a happy holiday season.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kraft. The opinions and text are all mine.

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