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Caramel Apple Cider Shake

Thank you for all of your kind words on yesterday's post! I'm glad you liked it. I loved hearing about what you all do, and what your dream job is! Thanks for sharing with me :)

Last night I {finally} unpacked from our trip to New Mexico. Please don't judge me. It's just that I Hate (with a capital H) unpacking. Seriously. I hate having the suitcases strewn around our apartment, but I hate unpacking just a tad bit more. I think it also stems from my hatred of putting away laundry. I just don't like doing it. I don't mind actually washing clothes (though I suppose I don't love it either), but the hanging/folding/finding space for everything is always last on my to do list. Which is also why I typically have a pile of folding clothing next to my bed. Perhaps when I have more storage space I won't have such an aversion to it!


Last night I also had the place to myself because Shaun had basketball. With the man out of the house, it meant I could play with all kinds of sugary concoctions in the kitchen, which he would otherwise shake his head at and think I'm a crazy dessert-obsessed lady. This may or may not be true. I realized that we still had some apple cider left in the fridge. And that I had a jar of Catarina dulche de leche that I had won in Kate's giveaway (please check out her sweet blog!). And some light vanilla bean ice cream in the freezer...I think you know where this is going.


This is hardly a recipe, but more of an idea. An idea for a chilly, fall shake or smoothie that couldn't be easier. It's completely sweet and over the top...and perfect for a night home on the couch while crying over Parenthood. Not that I did that or anything.

Caramel Apple Cider Shake
1 C apple cider + 1Tbsp for rimming glass
2 scoops vanilla bean ice cream (I used Turkey Hill Light)
1 Tbsp dulche de leche or caramel sauce
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
optional: milk of your choice, ice cubes, frozen banana, or any other add-ins!

First, place a tablespoon of apple cider in a small bowl. In another small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Take a short glass, dip the rim in the cider and then in the cinnamon sugar. With a spoon, drizzle the caramel (or dulche de leche) around the inside of the glass, getting it on the sides and a little on the bottom. Next, blend the remaining cider and ice cream together. This makes a thin shake, so for a thicker version, use more ice cream, ice cubes, or a frozen banana! Pour into prepared glass and enjoy!


My favorite part of this are the little bits of dulche de leche in the bottom of the glass. Yum.


This is a super sweet shake. I don't mind. It only comes once a year!

Questions of the Day:

Do you like apple cider? I love it!

Do you unpack as soon as you get home, or let it linger like me?

Reader Comments (9)

OMG I also detest unpacking (and putting away laundry). Although, we are moving next week, and the idea of unpacking in a brand new apartment with closet space excites me!

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at Keep It Sweet

PS I love this shake!

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at Keep It Sweet

oooooh that looks so pretty! i want!


October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Yum!!! My husband would love this! He loves vanilla ice cream + apples!

mmm, this sounds intriguing (+ delicious). i've never had anything like it, but seeing as i love caramel + apple, i bet i'd love it!

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramy @ fearless homemaker

That shake looks really nice, i just can not bring myself to like apple cider though, im more of a fan of fruit cider :D
Im sure i leave my clothes in my case for about a week, thats just one chore i seriously dread.

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelzi

Love mini Milk Shakes! This would be perfect for our fall menus!

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarroll @ Vanilla Lemonade

Ahhh, how am I just seeing this now!? That shake looks amazing - what a great use of the dulce!

November 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkate @ pomelo sunshine

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