For years, my absolute favorite milkshake was the Chocolate Milkshake from The Lido Cafe in Calgary. Sadly, the cafe closed down a few years ago. And although I desperately miss those milkshakes, this Bear Claw Chocolate Milkshake has become my new fave!
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Inspired by the legendary Bear Claw chocolate, a trio of delicious caramel, cashews and pure chocolate, this milkshake is actually a Bear Claw in liquid form, created just for your drinking pleasure!
Bear Claws in Banff
For the past 25 ish years I have lived in Calgary, Alberta, about an hours drive from Banff, Alberta, in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. On our very first visit to Banff, we discovered these delightful little handmade Bear Claw chocolates at a local chocolatier. And from that day forward, they became a cherished ritual for us on our visits. And when we had children, they also became part of that ritual. This milkshake recipe is an ode to the Bear Claw.
Recently my son wanted to go to a downtown Calgary restaurant called Regrub. He had shown me their milkshakes on instagram, which they are famous for, and WOW - milkshakes went and got all fancy on me! I mean, these milkshakes are decadent!
At the time, our kitchen ceiling was being repaired, we had no access to our kitchen and had to eat out, so off we went....This is a photo of Regrub's "Krusty the Shake Milkshake", topped with cotton candy, that my daughter ordered. My son's "Cheeseshake" had a huge hunk of cheesecake on top of it.
Chocolate Milkshake Recipes
I have to admit that I was at least a wee bit inspired by Regrub to make a fancy milkshake myself. So, in honor of my beloved Lido Cafe Chocolate Milkshake and the famous Bear Claw, I combined the two into this delightful ice cream beverage!
There are a lot of chocolate milkshake recipes out there, but this one is unique. The cashew and caramel are a welcome addition to a chocolate milkshake and perfectly mimic the taste of a Bear Claw.
But unless you live around these parts, you probably don't have access to Bears Claws, so I've made it easy for you to make a copycat Bear Claw by using a round caramel chocolate (like a Turtle.)
A visit to Banff Alberta is a must!
However, if you have never been out to this neck of the woods, then a visit to Banff, Alberta is a must! And definitely should be on everyone's bucket list. So... as a bonus for sticking around this long, I'm going to let you in on a little insider's secret - where to find the best view in Banff! And you can find all you need to know about visiting Banff, Alberta at Travel Tales of Life.
Photo courtesy of Travel Tales of Life
But just make sure that on your trip to Banff, you stop in at Mountain Chocolates and get yourself a Bear Claw. I can guarantee you it's worth it! Then when you get home, you can relive the memory by making this Bear Claw Chocolate Milkshake.
And if you're looking for another cool and refreshing non alcoholic drink, check out my Miami Vice Mocktail
This post was NOT sponsored by Regrub or Mountain Chocolates. I was not compensated in any way - I was a regular paying customer.
Bear Claw Chocolate Milkshake
- 1.5 cups cashew milk
- 4 cups chocolate ice cream * can substitute chocolate frozen yogurt
- ¼ cup caramel sundae sauce
- 6 chocolates, round in shape (such as turtles or another similar shaped chocolate)
- 24 whole cashews (4 per chocolate)
- 3 maraschino cherry with stem
- colored sprinkles
- On a microwave safe plate, melt chocolates in microwave for 10 seconds, remove. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and transfer chocolates to cookie sheet.
- Then gently press 4 cashews into each chocolate.
- While chocolate is still warm, poke a hole through the centre of each chocolate with straw. Make sure it goes right through..
- Then put 2 on each straw and slide near the top. Set in fridge on parchment lined cookie sheet to set.
- Blend chocolate ice cream, cashew milk and caramel together in blender for about 15 seconds or until smooth.
- Pour into tall glasses, dividing evenly amongst 3.
- Top with whipped cream.
- Sprinkle on sprinkles.
- Top with cherry then add bear claw straw, leaning the bear claws on the straw against the side of the glass. Serve immediately
This post is part of the Country Cook's weekend potluck