Posted on August 5, 2022


There are blackberries in every hedge and draped over every wall around here at the moment, so it seems like a good time to share this Blackberry Milkshake.

In fact whilst we are at it how about this Cookies and Cream Shake.

Or this PB&J version.

When me and my brother were kids and Mum and Dad were out, one of our standby activities was to pile a load of milk, ice cream and jam into her ancient Kenwood blender to make milkshake. We used to add blue food colouring because blue food seemed cool at the time. I have grown out of that now, but I did boost the purple of the blackberry shake in Photoshop, because old habits die hard.

Walking past blackberry bushes is making me a little bit sad at the moment as Ern loved a blackberry. I’d pick him a couple or sometimes he would reach up and graze them himself. This week has been hard without him, but he was such a happy little bear and we have a million special memories. Here’s a post about him from a remarkable 12 years ago. Meanwhile I am distracting myself with posting things like this.

All these shakes start with the same base, a couple of scoops of ice cream, and a cup of milk, then just pick your flavours. Add a handful off cookies for a classic cookies and cream shake, for PB&J it’s 2 spoons of peanut butter and some jam. For a lovely lilac shake pick a bowl of fresh blackberries, add that to the mix with a spoonful of honey and you are done! 

Top with cream and decorate your glass if you are feeling fancy. To get the ‘ombre’ effect on the blackberry shake, mix some cream with the blackberry mix for the top half of your shake then top with a mint leaf.

Basic Milkshake Mix (per person)

  • 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • 200ml Milk

Blackberry & Cream

  • A small bowl of blackberries.
  • A little honey to sweeten.

Cookies and Cream

  • Add 3-4 Oreo Cookies

Peanut Butter and Jam

  • 2 Tbsp Peanut Butter 
  • 1 Tbsp Seedless Jam


  1. Using a liquidiser or a stick blender mix your ice cream and milk.
  2. Add your chosen flavour and mix until smooth and creamy.
  3. Taste and adjust the flavours to suit.
  4. To decorate your glass you can drizzle the inside with chocolate sauce or jam.