My mom used to make us chocolate sodas in the summer as kids. And every time she did she would mention her mother making chocolate sodas--as a youth--being a soda jerk.
As tradition goes, I like to make chocolate sodas as well. No, they are not milkshakes but chocolate soda. See how easy (and delicious) and healthy they can be...
Traditionally, mom's (and my grandmother's) chocolate sodas consist of vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, and club soda (carbonated water). They were delicious. My healthier chocolate sodas can still be indulgent with zero to as little sugar you'd like--depending on your taste and nutritional needs.
Ice cream in general isn't really an unhealthy food--until you get to the sweetener. The full fat cream and half and half in real ice cream fills you up, is your body's preferred choice of energy, and feeds your brain. It's that white sugar that makes it unhealthy.
If you can control how you sweeten ice cream by making it yourself, it can be enjoyed as a sweet treat more regularly without guilt, adding to your hips, and the sugar rush/addiction/cravings that come after eating traditional white sugar ice cream.
Below is my favorite vanilla ice cream that is easy to mix up, chill, and then run through the ice cream maker. It's about 6 net carbs per serving (2/3 cup per serving) compared to 20 net carbs in 2/3 cup of Breyer's Vanilla Ice Cream. I use a combination of whatever naturally sugar free sweeteners we have on hand: [amazon_link id="B001HTJ2WK" target="_blank" ]ZSweet[/amazon_link], erythritol, [amazon_link id="B000E8WIAS" target="_blank" ]Vanilla Stevia[/amazon_link], etc. And our vanilla ice cream tastes so much better than the store bought ice cream without the high sugar content.
We like our ice cream with seasonal fruit toppings, homemade sauces, or sandwiched between homemade cookies. Once you find a base vanilla ice cream you like to make, you can turn your weekly family ice cream dessert into milk shakes, sundaes, and beyond. It's a pretty exciting part of our summer!
mom's (healthier) chocolate sodas
homemade vanilla ice cream (This is my standard naturally sugar free vanilla ice cream recipe I use.)
chocolate: dark or bittersweet chocolate chips or chunks, melted (or Hershey's Sugar-Free Syrup or your choice of chocolate syrup)
Scoop vanilla ice cream into a tall glass about 1/3 of the way. (I use shorter glasses for kids, taller glasses for adults.) Drizzle a little chocolate syrup over the ice cream. Now add a little club soda to cover the top of the ice cream. Mix it up a bit with a spoon so the chocolate is incorporated with the vanilla ice cream. (This is authentic soda jerk work here.)
Repeat previous steps 1-2x until you've reached the top of the tall glass, incorporating the ice cream, syrup, and soda along the way.
Feel free to top the chocolate soda with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and a straw. Enjoy!
(I like to make chocolate sodas in front of the crowd-- my family. They are quite intrigued by the process. So I bring it all outdoors.) Good to the last drop.
Have you ever heard of or tried a chocolate soda before??