Peppermint Patty Milkshakes

Here’s the deal. I’m turning 40 this week. I don’t see this as a thing to hide. I think every single day I’m alive is empirical evidence that I’m okay at this being alive thing and is a reason to brag. I’m here! And to celebrate this week, I’m posting some of my favourite foods and have some SERIOUSLY fabulous giveaways. I kicked it off with fried pies yesterday, and today? Well, today, I am giving you another of my favourite foods -a milkshake- that is DIVINE. Today’s milkshake is a Peppermint Patty Milkshake full of one of my two favourite candy bars -York Peppermint Patties-, chocolate ice cream, chocolate syrup, and a splash of milk only big enough to keep things moving. It’s topped with a ridiculous amount of whipped cream, more chocolate syrup, and a frozen peppermint patty. And this amazing milkshake recipe is topped with a GIVEAWAY of epic proportions. Read on, friends…

Cool, chocolatey, Peppermint Patty Milkshake from

I have a long, sordid history with York Peppermint Patties. I used to take my allotted lunch money and divert it to the purchase of a full-sized Peppermint Patties plus Andy Capp’s Hot Fries on Monday and Wednesday, a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and Hot Fries on Tuesday, and a KitKat and Hot Fries on Fridays. I’m sorry, Mom and Dad. Please don’t make me pay restitution on this.

I always loved that cool peppermint filling juxtaposed against the bitter-sweet dark chocolate outside. When I discovered that they were even BETTER when stashed in the freezer, though? It was all over but the purchase of the stretchy pants. I just can’t handle a muggy, hot, summer day without a bag of frozen peppermint patties in the chill chest. It was natural that they should make their way into a milkshake, then.

One hot and steamy day last week, I re-upped my stock of peppermint patties at the local store. I came home and the only way I could make room in the deep freeze for the new stash of candy was to remove the almost-empty half gallon of chocolate ice cream from the freezer. Lacking any other freezer space (something which I must remedy before picking my 100+pounds of blueberries next week) I decided to toss it into my blender and zap it along with a couple of peppermint patties that had partially melted on the way home. A splash of milk went in along with chocolate syurp and ZAP went the blender. A smooth, thick, ultra chocolatey, freshly pepperminted milkshake came out. The only possible course of action was to top it with an insane cap of whipped cream, another drizzle of chocolate syrup, and one of the larger peppermint patties stuffed onto the side of the glass. It’s okay. I shared. I let the boys each have a sip before barricading myself in the bathroom to finish it off.

Peppermint Patty Milkshake from

Hey.  You only get one 40th birthday month, right? RIGHT?!?

Cook’s Notes

  • The darker your chocolate ice cream, the closer your end product will be to the flavour profile of the peppermint patty. I’m thankful that we can buy Dark Chocolate ice cream at our local store. If you can’t find it, just use regular chocolate ice cream and a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • There may be some tiny little flecks of the peppermint filling in your milkshake no matter how long you blend it. I find this charmingly refreshing.

Cool, chocolatey, Peppermint Patty Milkshake from

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Peppermint Patty Milkshakes
  • 6 miniature peppermint patties
  • 1½ cups dark chocolate (or regular chocolate + 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • ⅛ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
  • ⅛ teaspoon peppermint extract (or 1 drop peppermint essential oil) -Optional, but boosts the peppermint flavour
For garnish:
  • generous whipped cream
  • drizzle of chocolate syrup
  • one peppermint patty for the side of the glass
  1. Add the miniature peppermint patties, ice cream, milk, chocolate syrup, and peppermint extract or oil to the blender. Blend on the milkshake setting (or on low for 15 seconds, medium for 20 seconds, then low for 10 seconds.) Pour into a glass or jar, garnish with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and a peppermint patty. Serve immediately.

 The Giveaway


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To help celebrate my 40th birthday, the good folks at Blendtec are offering the same blender kit that I own and use daily: the Designer Series Certified Refurbished Blender with both Wildside and Twister Jars. This is a serious piece of kit, friends! I use my Blendtec daily. Sometimes I use it multiple times each day. Ask anyone who owns one; they’re simply amazing.

So how do you enter to win? It’s simple! Please leave a comment below saying what the first thing is you’d make in your own Blendtec blender!! If you need a little inspiration, visit the Blendtec recipes page. Or visit the Blendtec Blog for an idea! Yours truly has something up there involving even MORE milkshakes!

UPDATE: Between facebook, instagram, and email, I’ve had at least 40 requests for a link to the glasses in the pictures above since posting this this morning! I’m nothing if not observant, so here’s a link. (Affiliate, of course!)

Fine print: This is NOT a sponsored post. Blendtec has offered one Designer Series Certified Refurbished Blender with both Wildside and Twister Jars as a giveaway to one Foodie with Family reader. This giveaway is only open to residents of the United States. I’m sorry to all my international friends! One winner will be chosen on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen and notified.

I am a Blendtec affiliate, though, and if you purchase a blender after clicking on the product link, I will receive a small commission.


  1. Sara says

    A mango smoothie. Made with mango yogurt, milk, pineapple and enough frozen mango you need a spoon to eat it! Yum.

  2. bekah says

    I would use it for your S’mores milkshake. I’ve made them twice and used my immersion blender. It can not handle the marshmallows. They just get caught in the blade and make an awful mess.

  3. Heather Iantorno says

    Since my kids LOVE smoothies, a strawberry banana smoothie would be the first thing I would make.

  4. Sharon Taylor says

    The first thing I would make would be a coffee milkshake. I enjoyed these as a kid and they bring back happy memories of family vacations in New England.

  5. Lori S says

    You’ve slayed me!

    The first thing I would make is probably a strawberry smoothie. I’d have a sip, then pass the healthy drink off to a kid. Followed immediately by a peppermint patty shake which I would secretly hoard while the kid is otherwise occupied.

    Happy birthday! Enjoy your 40s – they are the best!

  6. Alaina J says

    So many things!! Probably a coffee protein shake. And then I would make some pesto, I think! Mmm.

    PS I hope you have the happiest of birthdays!

  7. Sarah M says

    I’d make this milkshake. 😉 But I don’t like chocolate ice cream, so I think I would use peppermint ice cream instead and add some cocoa powder.

  8. MotorCityMich says

    I’m thinking a mango margarita would be a great way to break in a new blender, though in reality I’d probably end up making my usual protein shake for breakfast.

    I’m not exciting, but I’m honest! LOL

  9. Diana Cote says

    I am the mother to a picky toddler and my husband us pretty much the same, I Jude a lot of veggies in their food. The first thing I would make depending on the time it arrived it would be a smoothie packed with fruits and veggies or a marinara sauce packed with lots of veggies! Haha I have to make sure we are getting plenty of nutrition. :)

  10. Nikki S says

    This might seem strange, but I would blend up some black forest kale pancake batter (nobody likes strings of kale in their pancakes).

  11. Julie says

    Arggg! I’d be shaking with excitement if I had one of these things. Smoothie? Soup? Milkshake? (truly, better than a smoothie, because of the ice cream, but my figure sighs and says smoothie). Oh, and 40 is a piece of cake (says this old lady who is past 50). You look marvelous, darling.

  12. Rebekah E. says

    I would make all the smoothies I have been trying to make in my regular blender for the past 6 months. (Coconut or almond milk, spinach, banana, other fruit like strawberries/pineapples/blueberries.) I could then make this milkshake you mentioned and anything else yummy with less work and better creations.

  13. Rebecca W says

    I’m in love with my morning smoothies. Kale, strawberries, blueberries, and peaches, with some chia seeds. I bet this blender would make them super smooth, not slightly chunky like my old bullet!

  14. Virginia says

    Okay, the first thing I would make is probably THIS recipe. My daughter is a york-freak and would LOVE this milkshake. Then, to salve my conscience, I’d go all out with a green smoothie or two. :)

  15. Betsy says

    I killed my blender with hot, homemade tomato soup, but since it’s not soup season, I’d honour this post and make a Pepperming Patty milkshake!

  16. Amy S. says

    Oh my goodness, I had no idea you could buy a refurb. Blendtec. And they have it in RED! This is dangerous information for me! I’ve had one on my wishlist for a long time. As hot as it’s been, I’m sure I’d make some sort of milkshake or smoothie first. This peppermint patty one looks AMAZING!!!

  17. Tracy says

    Milkshake… flavours depend on the contents of my freezer at the same time but me and my 5-year-old daughter agree on milkshakes!

  18. says

    Happy Birthday! 40 is the new 20!

    Being that is so hot and humid here in the northeast, I would make “Ice cream” with frozen bananas, Vanilla Almond milk and a generous amount of PB2….topped with chocolate syrup, of course.

  19. says

    Happy birthday Rebecca! Such a fun way to celebrate. This milkshake looks amazing and I would loooove a Blendtec …. all the summer smoothie recipes in their blog sound awesome. That is the first thing I would try: making healthy smoothies!

  20. Jill says

    I would make some sort of milkshake – maybe this one since it sounds AMAZING. Blenders are really at their best when making milkshakes, after all. :)

  21. Deitan says

    A very Happy Birthday to you! 40 is just the beginning of one of the best stages of life for a woman in my opinion – young enough to still enjoy life to the fullest with the added benefit of true earned wisdom :) We love fruit smoothies! Great way to cool of and hydrate in the yummiest way..

  22. Jennifer says

    smoothies! my 2 year old doesnt go a day w/o eating his smoothie!! (just plain greek yogurt, frozen berries, and a banana! but he thinks its the biggest treat in the world!)

  23. Sue T. says

    I would make a smoothie with the wonderful blackberries, blueberries and/or peaches that are in season right now.

  24. Erin A. says

    I would probably make a smoothie using almost all frozen fruit, that way you must eat it with a spoon because it’s so thick!

  25. Anne Weber-Falk says

    I would make a shake or two or three or four! Peppermint patty and coffee milk shakes for everybody!

  26. Erika says

    Strawberry smoothie!! I have been wanting a Blendtec for quite some time, but just can’t afford one right now. thanks for hosting a giveaway, and Happy early Birthday!

  27. Stef says

    Well, it WOULD have probably been cauliflower soup, but now all I want in the universe is a Peppermint Patty Milkshake.

  28. Jessica says

    I would make my own almond milk! My current blender would die if it even knew I was thinking of making it in it. :)

  29. Susan says

    I find myself craving milkshakes and no way of making them at home. I’d make way too many, but at my age, I just don’t care!

  30. Julianna Hanscom says

    The first shake I would make is the Peppermint Patty one (because those are my favorite candies too!). I would follow it up with making a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup shake afterwards for my kiddos (because that is their favorite candy). Great ideas on “sprucing” up shakes – can’t wait to make one! :) Happy Birthday Rebecca – the “40s” are awesome!!!

      • Inara Amaranth says

        You might hate me for another food blogger, by you two are the only ones I follow, I swear! Wok fried peanut butter, courtesy of Alton Brown:
        I definitely recommend watching his video, he’s hilarious.

        Speaking of, when are you going to start posting videos to your recipes? You’re hilarious too!

        • says

          No hate! I love AB!! That sounds AMAZING!! You’re too sweet, Inara. Videos may or may not be in my future. That would necessitate me pulling a brush through my crazy hair and looking like I tried!

          • Inara Amaranth says

            Pfff! Nah. We’ll say it’s part of your Midwest charm! Seeing as I’ve never been to the Midwest, how would I know the difference?

  31. says

    I turned 40 this year too and Baltimore Foodie Baby is a big sister. The first thing I’d probably make is baby food for the little one and then milkshakes for BFB and me!

  32. says

    If we’re celebrating your birthday then the first thing I’ll make in this fabulous blender is a party drink!!!!! Maybe 2 or 3, something cool and refreshing with the fruits of summer front and center. I leave the other ingredients to your imagination and mine! Happy Birthday!!!!

  33. Jo B. says

    The peanut butter and chocolate smoothie is calling my name! After that “berried up to here” sounds wonderful. Thanks for the offer…great celebrations. Happy Birthday to you!

  34. CarrollWC says

    I’d make a mocha frappe – In my neck of the woods, milkshakes don’t have ice cream in them – frappes do!

  35. Amber R says

    I would make the Chocolate Frosty on this website. I’ve wanted to make it forever, but I know the dates would never blend well in my cheapo blender! Happy 40th!

  36. Amy O. says

    I just looked a few posts back and I discovered your Toasted Marshmallow & Chocolate S’Mores Milkshake. Oh my word. That’s got to be amazing!

  37. Tonia says

    I don’t need the blender, but just wanted to wish you Happy 40th! 😀 York Peppermint patties are a favorite of mine, too! I’ll have to try stashing some in the freezer!

  38. AKing says

    Oh how I long for such an amazing blender! If I won it I would make a milkshake every day for a week! I’d start with this one in honor of your birthday and I’d have your chocolate malted Guiness shake on the porch with my husband and some friends to kick off the weekend!

  39. says

    Happy Birthday!! Welcome to the 40 club! It’s amazing here!! If I won I would make this recipe. I’d also mix up a peanut butter milkshake!

  40. Sara says

    Honestly, I’d make a smoothie. My blender is so bad I don’t really have smoothies, I have chunks of fruit with some liquid… 😉 I’d love to experience the smooth in smoothie.

  41. Susan P. says

    I love making smoothies and shakes in a blender with different fruits. Strawberry Banana is one of my favorites.

  42. Linda G says

    I would make a strawberry banana smoothie. The Peppermint Patty Milkshake would be my dinner though.

  43. Brandy Noody says

    I’ve been wanting to dive in and try a kale/berry smoothie. Sounds like this blender will do the trick! The smoothie will be breakfast, but I predict there may be blender margaritas in the evening too!

  44. Becca says

    I would make the most epic smoothie ever, fruit and kale and chia and all the ingredients I usually can’t fit in my magic bullet. Imagine the possibilities!

    Something with alcohol would be great too :)

    Happy early birthday!!!

  45. Sara says

    My favorite smoothie! Spinach, frozen mango, mint, coconut milk and ginger. Unless the package arrived in the afternoon, then it would be a strawberry milkshake.

  46. poohbah says

    Pesto, pesto, pesto!!! Can’t get enough of the stuff! I’ve got a basil plant that’s reaching for the sky and I’m harvesting it weekly. Garlic, pine nuts, Asiago cheese, olive oil and you have a heavenly concoction to use with almost everything.

  47. Wasana says

    My fiance loves gazpacho! I would love to be able to make this (easily) for him. A Blendtec would be super awesome! And Happy Birthday again!!

  48. Kristen Hasbrouck says

    My latest favorite, a chocolate cherry smoothie! Frozen cherries, frozen banana, cocoa powder, milk (sometimes a few chocolate chips)! Tastes like a milkshake for breakfast =)

  49. Karen says

    I would make smoothies! Of course, that milkshake looks delicious! I might have to make that instead…

  50. rhonda says

    i would make this recipe for starters. protein shakes and frozen coffee drinks are just the start what i think i would make with this machine:) hope i win:)

  51. says

    Happy Birthday, Darlin’! You are just hitting the wee beginning of your prime.
    A marvelous adventure is ahead of you. Now you have a little wisdom to really get the juice out of it. Smiles and Hugs——

  52. Meemaw says

    I would love to win this because I have been wanting one for a while now. I would start by making a blueberry shake.


  53. Jens says

    Love your blog! And Happy Birthday! Boy, I have a ton of basil right now, so I’d be making pesto with that Blendtec! Some for now and some for the freezer, yes!

  54. SharonZ says

    I am making that wonderfully, chocolaty, minty milk shake!!!! Sounds AMAZING! The Blendtec is something a really need in my kitchen. thanks and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

  55. Dan says

    I’d make what I like to call my “Elvis Shake” Bananas, Peanut Butter, Vanilla Ice Cream and some milk. 😀

    • ROBERT says

      With a Blendtec I could whirl together what I call Choc-late-nadoes. Two different favors and colors or ice cream (one being chocolate) the other whatever ones personal preference is. I like vanilla but your mint chip sound intriguing. Contrasting colors appear best. I have a special device which you insert in a clear glass. You fill the glass simultaneously with both ice creams. More or less two columns on each side of the glass. Then you pull the twister devise up through the middle creating a swirling effect – CHOC-LATE-NADO!
      Fun to look at…….Fun to Make…….Kids loves Them

  56. Sara K says

    Happy 40th birthday! That peppermint patty milkshake sounds pretty good! I’d make that or a fruit smoothie.

  57. Jane says

    I am so glad you included the link to their recipe ideas. I would love try their recipe for EGG BREAD. It sounds so good and unique.

    Happy Birthday. I was freaked out about turning 40, however, I found it to be oddly liberating; I hope it’s the same for you.. Have a wonderful day!

  58. SueDutton says

    I would make some sort of smoothie or milkshake – and it might just have to be that peppermint patty one!

  59. Kathleen says

    Happy Birthday! The first thing I’d make is probably some blender banana-oat pancakes for breakfast.

  60. Moriah says

    Mmm I LOVE a good Peppermint Patty. My husband would die for this.

    It’s hard to decide the first thing I would make in a new Blendtec Blender. I would say soup, my husband would say milkshakes! I have a brother with a feeding tube, so I would definitely want to try blended food options for him that his doctor has recommended. So many options!

  61. davis ann says

    a smoothie! my favorite lately has been strawberries + vanilla yogurt + a splash of coconut milk. YUM

  62. Robby says

    My first Blendtec drive would totally be a margarita. It’s been hotter than blazes and the current blender has reduced us to ‘on the rocks’. I’m not against that, but when it’s 95F, having a Margarita slurpee makes afternoon consumption less conspicuous. And then, on to some of your decadent milkshakes here!

  63. MrsTruman says

    We’d make “soomies” as my 2-year old calls smoothies. Right now we’re making them in the food processor, and he loves to help.

  64. says

    The first thing I would make in my new Blendtec blender would be some homemade coconut milk, then I would use that milk to make a super greens smoothie. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  65. Yvette N. says

    Happy Birthday Week!

    I would love to start making smoothies for breakfast. My blender isn’t tough
    enough to handle ice, but this Blendtec looks like it can handle any challenge I would throw its way!

  66. Michelle says

    My daughter blew up our Cuisinart blender trying to make a facial mask (smoke and all)! We replaced it with a Ninja which my son just broke making a protein shake. Although it was not in our original budget to buy a Blendtec, it clearly would have been worth the investment for our family! We would love to make smoothies, milkshakes, protein shakes and facial masks with a new Blendtec :)

  67. Jen says

    I’d definitely need to make myself some milkshake with this one. Fruit smoothies wouldnt be too far away either.

  68. Anne says

    Since I’ve never used a great blender, I’d love to give it a go with something fabulous, like a nice creamy soup. Local broccoli is showing up now, so a cream of broccoli soup would be a good way to break in a new Blendtec.

  69. says

    I’m feeling a adult beverage coming on. Yes, a cucumber lime margarita I believe! Or maybe a citrus version. All produce, no mix, mmmm. I think I’d make one of each and taste test to elect a winner!

  70. Christine says

    Happy Birthday! This shake sounds like the perfect indulgence to celebrate with you! I love York Peppermint Patties too and will have to try them frozen! :-)

  71. Margarita says

    I would make myself a breakfast smoothie- vanilla unsweetened almond milk, half of a banana, oats (or brown rice), dates, kale and baby spinach mix, chia or flax. And be off to a great start on my day!

    This shake looks and sounds incredible. I love the glass, too!

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