Chocolate Chip Milkshakes 2.11 Secrets and Loans


“We can raid the fridge. We can make a nice avocado- mango face mask. Get out the tarot cards, tell fortunes, play Twister, make a Häagen-Dazs chocolate chocolate chip ice cream milkshake, and we'll watch Purple Rain-” “Sookie, it's midnight.” “Okay, let's go straight for the milkshakes.”


Ingredients:

For the ice cream:

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • ¾ cup milk chocolate chips

For the milkshake:

  • 1 cup chocolate chip ice cream

  • ½ cup whole milk

  • 1 tbsp chocolate syrup plus more for topping

  • Whipped cream for topping

  • Milk chocolate chips for topping

Directions:

For the ice cream:

  1. In a large bowl, add the cream, milk, sugar, and vanilla. Stir until fully incorporated.

  2. Carefully pour the ice cream mixture into a loaf tin. You can keep the mixture in the bowl, but the loaf tin will help your ice cream freeze better.

  3. Cover the ice cream with plastic wrap or beeswax and then place in the freezer.

  4. To prevent ice crystals from forming in your ice cream, you will need to stir your ice cream every hour. You really don’t have to start this process until it begins to solidify (about 3 hours in).

  5. When the ice cream does begin to solidify, stir in the chocolate chips.

  6. The ice cream will take about 6-7 hours to fully set

For the milkshake:

  1. Scoop 1 cup of the ice cream into a blender.

  2. Pour in the milk and chocolate syrup.

  3. Cover the blender and press the milkshake button. Blend for about 20-30 seconds, until your desired consistency is met. If you prefer a thinner milkshake, add more milk. If you prefer a thicker shake, add less milk.

  4. Pour the milkshake into a large glass.

  5. Top with whipped cream, extra chocolate syrup, and chocolate chips if you desire.

Unfrozen vanilla ice cream in a metal loaf tin
I originally added the chocolate chips here, but they just sank to the bottom.

Now, of course, you can use store-bought ice cream for this milkshake, even Sookie does! But since I was on a roll with making my own ice cream I decided to ditch the Häagen-Dazs, and make my own! When I planned out my dishes for season two, I forgot that it was chocolate chocolate chip ice cream, so if you’re an extra chocolatey lover, you can add more chocolate when you make your ice cream. But I do have plans for a chocolate chocolate CHOCOLATE ice cream for season four (which I’m sure you can easily guess which episode that will be for).


There is something so comforting to me about milkshakes. I love ice cream- no matter what time of year it is- but there is something extra fun about a milkshake. Maybe it’s the “on the go” aspect that makes milkshakes so nice. However, I realized I hardly make milkshakes at home, so maybe that’s why they seem so special. There’s a little more effort in making a shake over scooping out ice cream from a carton and placing it in a bowl (or just eating straight from the carton...am I right?).

Frozen homemade chocolate chip ice cream in a metal loaf tin
The next time I make this, I think I will use mini chocolate chips.

Let’s start off our episode discussion with the scene that inspired these milkshakes, the sleepover at Sookie’s house, specifically, the Jackson pajamas! For me, this is always the first scene I think of when I hear the name Jackson Bellville. I love that he doesn’t just save these pajamas that his cousin made for him for when his cousin visits, but that he wears them almost every night (which we actually see again next season). I’ve started doing polls for every episode I’m covering on my Instagram stories. For this episode, I asked if you were given Xerox pajamas of your face on them, would you wear them. It was split almost 50/50 between Hell Yeah and No Thanks. I probably wouldn’t wear pajamas with my own face on them, but I probably would wear Jackson pajamas. So if you’re on Etsy and you have a set, let me know!

A metal ice cream scooper holding a scoop of homemade chocolate chip ice cream
There is something really satisfying about scooping ice cream

This is the episode where the Gilmore house gets infested with termites, and Lorelai struggles to get a loan for her house. The topic of Lorelai’s money on this show is always changing. Sometimes it feels like she’s pretty well off, I mean they eat takeout at least once a week. Do they always pay when they eat at Luke’s? Because if they do, Lorelai would have to have a pretty big salary to afford that. But then there are other times when it seems like Lorelai is really having to scrimp to get by. Personally, I think the writers will throw in money troubles occasionally just to spice things up. I don’t really mind the inconsistencies when it comes to things like her money problems, but it does make for an interesting conversation.

A blended chocolate chip milkshake in a blender
Just look at that froth!

Emily first tries to offer Lorelai money to fix the house, but Lorelai refuses. As we see in the pilot, Lorelai has a hard time asking her parents for money, so it makes sense that she has a hard time accepting even more from them. However, then Emily tries to help her acquire a loan from a bank. Lorelai almost doesn’t take the appointment when she realizes that Emily is at the bank. While I do love Lorelai’s independence and desire to make it on her own, I think she acts a little immature here and is just being stubborn. Emily didn’t force Lorelai to take her money, but she helped her find a solution.


I also think it’s immature when Lorelai gets mad at Rory for telling Emily about the house problem in the first place. I get that Lorelai didn’t want her mom to know, but Rory was worried about them not being able to fix their house. This is a complicated conflict because I can see both sides of the argument, but I think I ultimately side with Rory. Where I don’t side with Rory in this episode is how she treats Lane.

An aerial shot of a glass with chocolate drizzle dripping down the exterior sides and swirled inside the glass
Add some chocolate drizzle for flair!

I’ve already talked about how Rory is a bad friend to Lane and we see that again in this episode. Rory is completely rude to Lane for becoming a cheerleader. And while some might think it’s out of character for Lane to be a cheerleader, I don’t think it’s out of the possibilities for Lane. Her best friend switched schools and she’s not allowed to do much outside of school where she could make other friends, so she tried something that would help her make friends. I think it’s completely unfair of Rory to judge Lane for wanting to be a cheerleader. She also gets upset that Lane has been busy lately. Yet, when does she ever make time for Lane? Hardly ever.


This episode is low on my list because I get annoyed with both Lorelai and Rory in the episode. And naturally, any episode following the greatness that is The Bracebridge Dinner would be a difficult one. And I love Lorelai and Rory- obviously, I do- but I think you should be able to critique your favorite characters. What are your thoughts on this episode? Let me know down below!


Happy Cooking!


A chocolate chip milkshake in a large glass with whipped cream, chocolate chips, and a metal straw
I might just give Taylor Doose a run for his money

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