Saturday Snacks: Making 50’s Prime Time Cafe’s PB and J Milkshake at Home!


Prime Time 50's Cafe in Disney's Hollywood Studios is a time-honored favorite among Walt Disney World fans, and for good reason. The cast members who treat you like family (and will send you to the bathroom to wash your hands again or make you eat every last green bean), the fabulous 50's decor found throughout the restaurant, and the retro-inspired comfort food all stack up to make this restaurant, in my opinion, a must-do.

Two weeks ago, Disney Parks Blog released the recipe for a 50's Prime Time Cafe fan favorite: the PB & J Milkshake. I have to admit that I've never had the milkshake before. I know; I'm sorry. I know that people love it. When I'm faced with dessert decisions at 50's, I'm most tempted by an ice cream sundae, so no PB & J shake has been had by me. That will change today. It's time for a little taste of 50's Prime Time Cafe at home. Here goes!

The recipe is easy and utilizes items that I already have on hand, so that's automatically a check in the win column. We've had fun trying Chris's Cold Pie and Palo's Chocolate Soufflé the past two weekends, but I'm looking forward to trying a recipe for today's Saturday Snacks article that's a little lighter on the ingredient list. It is Saturday, after all. We made it to the weekend. We deserve a break. And a milkshake.

First things first. Gather the required ingredients, and pull the blender out of the cabinet. The recipe mentions that 2 cups of sliced strawberries can be substituted for the 2 tablespoons of jelly. I decided to stick with the original recipe. I have to admit that it was a lot of fun to have everything that was needed for the recipe already in my kitchen. I'm usually wrangling up all sorts of ingredients, and the ease of prep was a lovely thing.

I measured out the peanut butter and jelly ahead of time. When you're working with ice cream, you want to move quickly.

I wanted the ice cream to be as cold as possible when assembling the milkshake, and pre-measuring the supplies definitely helped.

Time for the ice cream! Measure out two cups of vanilla ice cream, and drop them into your blender.

Next, add the peanut butter and jelly (you can use either grape or strawberry), and grab the 1/4 cup of milk.

Add the milk to the ice cream, peanut butter, and jelly, and firmly secure the lid on the blender.

I began blending the ingredients using the "milkshake" setting on my blender, but the ingredients needed a little bit of coaxing to blend, so I gave everything a stir and used a variety of settings to get things moving, and I was finally able to use the milkshake mode.

Once the shake is smooth, it's time to enjoy. The amount of milkshake made by this recipe is a tall glass and a half. It's perfect for sharing, or for refilling when you get to the bottom of the glass.

This milkshake was so good. Like I said earlier, I haven't had the real thing at the restaurant, but I have to imagine that this at-home version is right on the money. The shake leads with the peanut butter, and I was glad for it. I was afraid that the sweetness of jelly would overpower the treat; it didn't. The jelly was very subtle, and when paired with the ice cream, was a great foundation for the taste of the peanut butter.

A plus with this recipe is that the kitchen was cleaned up within 5 minutes. An easy recipe that calls for few ingredients that actually tastes fantastic without the added pain of having to clean up eleventy-seven dishes is a huge win in my book. This is a perfect weekend snack, and I encourage you to give it a try in your own kitchen soon.

Please let me know if you try this at-home version of the Disney classic, and what you thought of it. Have a happy (and sweet!) weekend.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Milkshake from 50’s Prime Time Café at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons jelly (strawberry or grape)
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup milk

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Add additional peanut butter or jelly to taste.

Cook’s Notes: Two cups sliced strawberries can be substituted for jelly.

Note from Disney: This recipe has been converted from a larger quantity in the restaurant kitchens. The flavor profile may vary from the restaurant’s version. As a reminder while preparing this recipe, please supervise children who are helping or nearby.



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