Make It a Milkshake: Chocolate Cinnamon Cereal Edition

Continuing our milkshake series, I decided to take inspiration from the fun flavors of Chuao Chocolatier with the Chuao Cinnamon Cereal Smooch Bar. I mean, a milkshake with rich chocolate ice cream, studded with chocolate candy bars and the hint of spiciness of the cinnamon and the crunch of the cereal? What could be better than that?

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Other than maybe some more cereal.

And some whipped cream.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:
1 pint chocolate ice cream
1 Chuao Cinnamon Cereal Smooch Bar
1 cup of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup chocolate ganache (1 cup heavy cream, 2 cups chocolate of your choice)
Whipped cream

Start by cutting the Chuao bar up with a knife. While the blender might break it up, the cold from the ice cream could cause it to turn into a chocolate brick. And that’s no fun. Make chocolate ganache ahead of time so that it’s ready to go. (Confession, I keep chocolate ganache in my fridge ready for whenever the urge strikes.)

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Ganache:
Bring 1 cup of cream to heat until it bubbles but doesn’t quite boil. Pour over chocolate of your choice. I like to use a mixture of a dark chocolate and a semisweet. If you prefer milk chocolate, use that. Whisk until combined. I like to add a pinch of salt and vanilla extract, but it’s not necessary. I use a 2:1 ratio – 2 parts chocolate to 1 part heavy cream. This creates a thick ganache that will stay on the rim of the glass.

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Take glass and drizzle the inside with chocolate ganache. Dunk rim of glass into the ganache as well. It’s ok if the ganache spills over the edge. Take a plate of crumbled cereal and roll the edge of the glass in it. Set aside.

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Put entire pint of ice cream into blender with milk. Add Chuao bar and 1/2 cup of cereal. Blend until just combined. For a spicy bump, add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Cinnamon and chocolate are an underrated pairing. The cinnamon adds a dynamic characteristic to the chocolate. I highly recommend the addition.

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Pour milkshake into glass. Garnish with whipped cream, more cereal pieces and candy bar. Place two straws for a perfectly sharable dessert!

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This recipe made almost 2 full milkshakes. If you up the milk to a full cup instead of a half cup, you can have enough for 2 large shakes or even 4 small ones for a mini snack.

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