My daughter has been obsessed with the new Lalaloopsy (Lala-oopsie actually for those in the know) movie that came out recently. Come to find out it’s a magical place where odd little leggy, button-eyed ballerinas meet odd little button-eyed mermaids that live in the strawberry milk that surrounds their homes. So of course, my kid needed strawberry milk stat.
My first thought was, does Nesquik even make their strawberry powder anymore? And my second thought was, how the hell does one possible get a hold of some Franken Berries in April? With both questions left unanswered, I started scoping out the interwebs for some home-made recipes. And found one here.
Totally worth the effort to make home-made. It’s not as tooth-achingly sweet as I remember (not a bad thing), but still totally packed a strawberry punch. Kid was happy, Mom was happy, and even the mermaids got to take a dive. Viva Lala-oopsie land!
Here’s the recipe:
Strawberry Milk serves 2
1 cup strawberries, chopped (I used organic frozen with great results)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 1/2 cup whole milk
In a small pot, heat strawberries, sugar and water until boiling (it’s a bit like making jam). Let boil for about 10 minutes; mixture will reduce and thicken slightly. Using a fine sieve or mesh strainer, strain the mixture into a small bowl. You can save the cooked strawberries to add to yogurt or put on pancakes. Set the strawberry syrup aside.
Chill two small glasses in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Add 3/4 cup milk to each glass. Swirl in 3 tablespoons of the strawberry syrup into each glass of milk (more or less, depending on desired sweetness). You will have a little strawberry syrup left over, perfect for pancakes or adding to soda water.