Archive for March, 2011

Shamrock Shake Makeover – Recipe

A Shamrock Shake Topped with Peppermint Whipped Cream

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! If you’re not so into corned beef and cabbage, may we suggest a Shamrock Shake to satisfy the Irish in you today.

While you could certainly trek on down to your local McDonald’s to find this seasonal shake, how about making your own version at home with mint chocolate chip ice cream (a little chocolate makes everything taste better) blended smooth with milk and topped with fresh peppermint flavored whipped cream made easy in an iSi Creative Whip for a little extra minty zip!

Makes 2 servings
1 pint good quality mint chocolate chip ice cream
1 cup milk, less if you like a thicker milkshake
2 tablespoons sugar

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Mix until smooth. Pour into glasses and top with peppermint whipped cream.

Note: If your mint chocolate chip ice cream comes untinted, just add a drop of green food coloring to put it in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit.

Ingredients for 1 pint Creative Whip:
1 pint (2 cups) chilled heavy cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoons peppermint extract or Monin peppermint syrup

Add sugar, peppermint extract, and food coloring (if adding) to heavy cream and swirl or stir to dissolve completely. Screw on one iSi cream charger and shake 3 to 5 times, depending on desired consistency. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 10 days until needed.

Note: Granulated sugar can be substituted. However, with all granular sweeteners, make sure to stir until the sweetener is completely dissolved into the cream before pouring in the whipper. Other natural sweeteners, artificial sweeteners, flavored syrups or liqueurs can used as well. Sweeten to taste. If using Monin peppermint syrup, no additional sugar is needed in the recipe.

Click here to see a fun, retro video about MacDonald’s Shamrock Shake posted on Serious Eats.

Post by Judiaann Woo. Photo courtesy of Gregor Halenda Photography.


International Home + Housewares Show 2011

Welcome to our home at the International Home + Housewares Show 2011!

The show sold out this year and opened its doors in Chicago on Sunday to 60,000 attendees. We’re one of 2,000 exhibitors from over 35 countries. Fifteen thousand buyers from the U.S. alone are joined by 6,000 international buyers from 100 countries on six continents (maybe next year there’ll be a buyer from Antarctica).

It’s a heart-racing temporary city filled with colorful booths, packed with the newest trend-setting gadgets and iconic products, all in a blur of action.

The show ends tomorrow, on Mardi Gras this year, and in honor of the holiday New Orleans made famous we’ll be serving Bourbon Vanilla French Toast Sticks with Maple Whipped Cream for breakfast, Mini Shrimp Po’ Boys  – with wild Gulf shrimp – Creole Dressed Slaw at lunch, and sparkling drinks from our hot new Twist ‘n Sparkle all day.

We’ll demo how to dispense the French toast batter from our Gourmet Whip, the maple whipped cream from the Easy Whip, the shrimp tempura-like batter from a Gourmet Whip again, and the Creole dressing from our Creative Whip.

If you’re at the show please come by and see us at Booth S1224!

(That’s Rick Agresta, our President, CEO, and awesome good guy at iSi North America, modestly modeling in front of our booth!)