Have you ever seen the movie The Warriors? It’s a cult classic from 1979, set in a slightly distopian New York city, in which a young gang get stranded in the Bronx and have to make it back to their turf in Coney Island, with rival gangs stalking them at every turn. It’s awesome. I watched it for the first time like a week ago on TV of all places, and my boyfriend and I have already watched it twice since then. And if that sounds like the kind of movie you’d be into, then you are invited to movie night. Come. On. Over.
Since you’ve coming over, you’ll probably want to know what’s for snacking on. It’s this! Roasted Strawberry Marshmallow Milkshakes. While The Warriors are being chased through the town my a bat-wielding, face-painted gang called The Baseball Furies, we’ll sip on this dangerously pink and toasty milkshake. The movie definitely inspired this shake. Which is weird, because when you think distopian future New York, circa 1979, you don’t really think toasted marshmallows and strawberries, do you? Go with me.
The heroes are from Coney Island. The once-great carnival heart of New York; home to ferris wheels and hot dogs and cotton candy. And cotton candy is where this shake comes in. It’s bright pink, and it has a little of that ultra-strawberry sweetness that cotton candy has, but this milkshake has an edge. The toasted marshmallows – toasted to the edge of burnt – bring a bitter, interesting, almost malty flavour here. Obviously, this thing is sweet; it’s a milkshake. But it’s not strawberry-syrup sweet. It tastes complex, rich with roasted strawberries, flecks of charred sugar, and silky with vanilla.
These shakes, with a side of salty popcorn, are just the right level of strange to accompany any rad, visually interesting, movie. Just weird enough, you know? Hummus and carrot stick would too button-down. A bag of chips and a coke too straight forward. An purposefully burnt, pink milkshake, made of fruit and candy? Spot on. Also, if you have any cult favourite movies, let me know – AND what snack you would suggest!
- ½ pound (250g) strawberries
- 1 cup large marshmallows
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
- 1 cup (250ml) vanilla ice cream
- ½ cup (125ml) milk
- optional: whipped cream, extra strawberries or maraschino cherries, to serve
- Preheat the grill/broiler to high and line a baking sheet with baking paper (use foil if you're worried about the paper catching fire, or if you have a gas grill).
- Wash and hull the strawberries, cut them into halves and arrange on one side of the baking sheet. Place under the grill for a few minutes, just to get the strawberries going as they take longer than the marshmallows.
- When the strawberries are just beginning to look a darker red, scatter the marshmallows on the other side of the baking sheet, and place under the grill until the marshmallows are scorched, and the berries are juicy and dark. Set aside to cool.
- Place the cooled roasted berries and marshmallows (you will have to scoop + scrape these) into a blender, with the vanilla, ice cream and milk, and blitz until smooth.
- Serve with a dollop of cream and a cherry or a strawberry, if desired.