Monday, May 5, 2008


Saturday night we got home and realized there was no ice made in the house and wanted nothing more than a tall glass of ice water. Being the good little wife that I am, I left Steve to do his homework and hopped in Lil' Car to go to the store and get some ice. I thought I would surprise Steve with a treat so I walked around the store with my eyes peeled for something that would be tasty and treaty. Just when I had given up finding anything that was tasty AND met our want to avoid bad things in our food (high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, etc.) I was met with a small freezer case that read "Start here" and a large contraption above it that read "Step 2".

I discovered the coolest convenience store contraption ever. F'Real Milkshakes.

F'Real Milkshakes might be the coolest thing to ever have happened to the cold ice-creamish snack that Americans love. The concept is simple; run into the convenience store for a snack and get a self-serve milkshake. You start by selecting one of the cups of frozen goodness* from the freezer case (either ice cream or the fruit-smoothie type), removing the foil lid, and placing it in the cup holder. From there, you select the thickness you prefer your shakes (Less Thick, Regular Thickness, or More Thick), press the button, and your cup disappears! The cup holder rises inside the machine where the blender mechanism is located. You patiently wait while the blender whirs and spins away. After about a minute, the cup holder lowers to present you with your tasty milkshake. All that's left after that is to put a lid on your cup, pop a straw, and enjoy.

I waited for two minutes while the F'Real machine whipped up a chocolate milkshake for Steve and a vanilla milkshake for me. I cashed out, and brought Steve home the surprise treat. Oh yeah... I did remember to get the bag of ice too.

*Yes, I read the ingredient labels. At least the chocolate and vanilla flavors have no high fructose corn syrup while the fruit types did. None of them had the hydrogenated/partially hydrogenated oils. In fairness, I did not check the strawberry or frozen cappucino flavors.


Kimberly Pye said...

That is the craziest thing I have ever seen.

~*SilverNeurotic*~ said...

We have milk shake machines at the local convience store chain. I haven't tried them yet, but perhaps I will.