This boozy malted hot chocolate milkshake is total dessert heaven. As you may have noticed, I love sweets and one of my favorite desserts happens to be ice cream (and yes, I eat it year round. Hooray for heated homes!) You know what makes this dessert even sweeter? Knowing that the ingredients comes with a Fair Trade Certification.
Are you familiar with fair trade? It’s worth a bit of research if the concept is new to you. I didn’t learn about it myself until about a year ago when I heard a piece on NPR. Buying fair trade is a simple way to give back (and what a wonderful gesture during the holiday season). The primary goal of fair trade is to improve the lives of farmers and those who process raw materials for the foods we enjoy. In addition to guaranteeing ethical pay for labor, fair trade funds are specifically designated for social, economic and environmental development projects. You’ve likely heard about unfair labor practices in overseas clothing factories. Well, the same problems exist in the food industry but only now is the information becoming more mainstream (you might remember my post this summer on slave-free tomatoes). Want to know more? Visit this link for more details about fair trade and why it’s important.
I’m honored to be working with Lake Champlain Chocolates today for a recipe and giveaway to help spread the word about fair trade products. They’re setting a wonderful example for other companies and they’re chocolates are delicious. Today I’ve used their Organic Fair Trade Certified Hot Chocolate in a milkshake. This hot chocolate is pretty great. I’ve been enjoying it quite a bit over the holiday season and was eager to see what else could be done with it. This recipe is the answer. Best milkshake I’ve had in ages. Giveaway details are below the recipe!
- 2 cups vanilla ice cream
- 2 tablespoons hot chocolate mix
- 1 tablespoon malted milk powder
- 1/4 cup coffee liquor, such as Kahlua
- 1/4 cup malted milk balls, chopped
- In a blender, combine ice cream, hot chocolate, malt powder, and coffee liquor. Puree until smooth.
- Before serving, garnish milkshake with chopped malted milk balls
Did you think that just because Christmas is over that I was done with the giveaways? Nope, today is my final holiday giveaway of 2012.
In addition to giving away some of their Organic Fair Trade Certified Hot Chocolate, Lake Champlain is giving away their Holiday Tower of Treasures. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I received this trio of chocolate boxes in the mail and all I can say is WOW. It’s a whole lot of chocolate. Dark chocolate covered almonds, Chocolates of Vermont (Honey Caramels, Maple Crunch, Evergreen Mint and Green Mountain) and milk and dark chocolate coins. If you have a sweet tooth like me, you will love this giveaway.
To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form and make sure to read the steps carefully! All entries will be verified before a winner is selected and invalid entries will be removed. This contest is open to US residents only. I’ll select a winner on 1/2/13 and contact them via the email provided. If the winner doesn’t respond within 48 hours a new winner will be selected. Good luck!email. You can also follow me via RSS, Facebook and Twitter.