Let me introduce you to what we affectionately call The Big Blue. This is a blueberry coffee shake. Two of Minnesota’s favorite things. At the same time. Okay, this is a slight lie because all Minnesotans know that the State Fair and foods on a stick are TRULY our favorite things. Since I can’t figure out how to put this shake on a stick (wouldn’t that be epic!), it’s close to a MN favorite thing.
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First, let’s have a little lesson on why we have given it the name The Big Blue. Any guesses?
Because of Babe the Blue Ox, of course. Here in Minnesota, the legend around Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe, is alive and well. We have giant talking statues of Paul Bunyan, clothing with their legendary faces, even kitchen gizmo’s in their honor. Blue isn’t just a color… it’s a proper noun. It is NOT allowed while playing Scrabble.
So, it seems only right to give Babe his own coffee drink. And make it Blue, of course. Then we use Minnesota Blueberries and Caribou Coffee for a truly Minnesotan treat. Ya Sure You Betcha!
Cheers Babe, this Big Blue is for you!
And, never fear, our Minnesota lovers… the Paul Bunyan latte is here and as manly, dark, and uff-da as you would expect from a drink in honor of the man himself.
The calories in this drink come primarily from the ice cream, so if you want to shave some off, we have a few tips:
- use frozen yogurt
- use frozen blueberries to replace some of the ice cream
- freeze your coffee in ice cube trays and use ice in place of the ice cream. (make sure you have a good blender!)
- 1/3 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup cold coffee
- 1/2 cup coffee ice cream we use Izzy's
- whipped cream optional
- Mix coffee, blueberries, and ice cream together in a blender.
- Top with whipped cream if desired.
If you have trouble finding coffee ice cream, you can use vanilla. We'd recommend adding a bit of extra coffee to your drink and being okay with a slightly thinner consistency.