Two fresh approaches with the classic milkshake

ALISON LADMAN For The Associated Press Published:

Chocolate and cherry are a classic combination that really stand out in this milkshake. But what really sets this recipe apart is the buttermilk, which adds a delicate tang that really enhances the cherry flavor. Add the cookies at the end and just stir it together if you like bigger chunks, or puree until smooth if you want to drink it through a straw.

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CHOCOLATE CHERRY BUTTERMILK SHAKE

Start to finish: 10 minutes

Servings: 2

1 cup chocolate ice cream

1 cup frozen, pitted dark cherries

1 cup buttermilk

6 coarsely chopped chocolate sandwich cookies

In a blender, combine the chocolate ice cream, frozen cherries and buttermilk. Blend until smooth. Add the chocolate sandwich cookies and stir to combine. Serve immediately.

Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 390 calories; 140 calories from fat (36 percent of total calories); 16 g fat (7 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 30 mg cholesterol; 55 g carbohydrate; 10 g protein; 4 g fiber; 270 mg sodium.

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RASPBERRY KEY LIME CHEESECAKE MILKSHAKE

This is what would happen if fresh raspberries, Key lime pie and cheesecake got together. It is one seriously delicious gathering.

Start to finish: 10 minutes

Servings: 2

3 ounces cream cheese

1 ounce Key lime juice

1/2 cup fresh raspberries

1 cup vanilla ice cream

1/2 cup light cream

In a blender, combine all ingredients, then blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 420 calories; 300 calories from fat (71 percent of total calories); 34 g fat (21 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 115 mg cholesterol; 24 g carbohydrate; 8 g protein; 3 g fiber; 200 mg sodium.