Grass Roof’s Crazy Shake

Tuck into a  ‘crazy shake’ at Grass Roof, including an array of ingredients such as a Cornetto, candy floss, cream and much more PHOTOGRAPH: GILLIAN McAINSH
Tuck into a ‘crazy shake’ at Grass Roof, including an array of ingredients such as a Cornetto, candy floss, cream and much more PHOTOGRAPH: GILLIAN McAINSH

Spoiler alert: if you are Banting, diabetic or on a low-sugar diet, do NOT go to the Grass Roof Farm Stall, Restaurant and Bakery and try out their “crazy shake”.

On the other hand, if you have the metabolism of an adolescent boy, a sweet tooth and energy to burn, then go for it because it’s a memorable summer holiday experience.

Already pictures of the Port Elizabeth family restaurant’s celebrated crazy shake have been popping up on Instagram and Facebook, and drawing in ice creamaholics from near and far, so the Weekend Post guinea pigs just had to give it a shot.

We weren’t alone: at the table next door, three of the four teenagers were enjoying one. The fourth – a slim girl – declined in favour of an iced tea.

No, not because of diet or health concerns – she’d had one the day before and it was so good she brought her BFFs along to try as well!

Then there was the Dorfling family who had driven out from Westering with their daughters, ranging from teen to toddler, and ordered five crazy shakes.

“We saw it on Facebook and really wanted to try it,” mum Chantal said. Even baby Annabelle, 18 months, couldn’t resist dipping her chubby fingers into her big sisters’ giant parfaits.

So, what is in your R65-a-pop crazy shake?

Here is the low-down: the base is a milkshake (R30) in the standard flavours of chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, lime, banana, bubblegum, mocha, peanut butter or Bar One.

Then the kitchen artists get to work on the concoction that makes it “crazy” and, depending on who is wearing the chef’s hat and what’s in the pantry, this may change from day to day.

First of all, they top the milkshake with a 4-5cm thick layer of whipped cream, stud it with chocolate brownie pieces and drizzle it with chocolate sauce.

The chef then plonks in an entire ice-cream cone – think King Cone or Cornetto, inset at a clown-like angle.

But – as they say on the TV ads, “wait, that’s not all!” Now it’s on to the decoration: adorn with candy floss, and press in random goodies like caramelised popcorn, little nutty nuggets, crushed meringue and tiny chewy sweets.

Dust this with a rainbow handful of hundreds and thousands, sprinkle a few marshmallows and Smarties around on the plate, and dust again with icing sugar.

Take a picture and Instagram quickly before your family destroys it.

  • Go online to our website at www.heraldlive.co.za and click on My HeraldLIVE for our top five extreme milkshakes.
  • The Grass Roof is on the Seaview road. Hours are 8am to 5pm. Inquiries: (041) 366-2379, grassroof@olivetreefarms.co.za

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