Now that my boys are out of school for the summer (and I’ve been trying to keep them entertained) I’ve been thinking about how I spent my summers as a kid. Not surprisingly, my favorite summer memories all seem to revolve around food–most often enjoyed at family reunions or with cousins–like the special treats we always got when we visited grandma’s house. Soda, ice cream, popsicles and toasted marshmallows were some of my favorites. So this Dr Pepper Vanilla Float® Toasted Marshmallow Shake made me a little nostalgic for those carefree (and delicious!) summer days.
My maternal grandparents lived on a farm, so after a day of gathering eggs and riding horses with our cousins, my siblings and I were often treated to a delicious Dutch oven dinner–the kind where you bury a big cast iron pot in a fire pit out back. And of course, the fire pit was also a perfect place for roasting marshmallows.
My paternal grandparents ran a little motel in southern Utah, and my grandma always had soda for the guests, which of course she shared with her grandchildren! Plus, her freezer was stocked with popsicles and ice cream! My cousins and I would also make daily excursions to the variety store down the street to buy 5 cent candy. And while a motel doesn’t exactly have the kind of back yard that’s suitable for roasting marshmallows, we’d drive up the nearby canyon and roast marshmallows there.
Yep, that’s me. Getting my first taste of a gooey, toasted marshmallow. Having soda at grandma’s house was the biggest treat of all though, because that’s something we rarely got at home. My grandma always poured our soda into fancy glasses with ice. I must have really loved it, because I can even remember what her glasses looked liked.
Mine glasses aren’t as fancy, but they’re filled with Dr Pepper’s Special Edition Vanilla Float flavor, which definitely reminded me of those tall, cold glasses of soda my grandma would serve us on those hot summer days.
The creamy vanilla flavor is perfect with vanilla ice cream for a refreshing float, but I couldn’t resist adding another summer favorite, toasted marshmallows, to create an old-fashioned shake. You can toast your marshmallows for this shake any way you’d like. I actually laid mine out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and stuck them under the broiler for a minute. Remember, they’re going in a blender, so they don’t need to look pretty.
It’s like putting all of your favorite summer flavors in a glass. And the fun, nostalgic Dr Pepper cans really help take you back to those carefree summer days. Just don’t forget to top everything off with some whipped cream and a cherry.
Speaking of cherries, this shake would also be delicious with Dr Pepper Cherry®. With cherries being in season, it’s another perfect summer pairing. You can pick up both Dr Pepper Cherry and Dr Pepper Vanilla Float limited edition flavors at select Safeway or Albertsons stores. Whichever flavor you choose, you’ll be taking a sip of nostalgia and unlocking summer fun!
Dr Pepper Vanilla Float Toasted Marshmallow Shake
- 1 (12 oz.) can Dr Pepper Vanilla Float
- 12 large marshmallows
- 3 pints (6 cups) vanilla ice cream
- Whipped cream and cherries, for garnish
- Preheat broiler. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place marshmallows on parchment and broil until dark golden brown, 1-2 minutes.
- Add Dr Pepper Vanilla Float to a blender, along with ice cream and toasted marshmallows. Blend until smooth.
- Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream and a cherry.