SUMMER IS HERE!  And I love it!  We are a water loving, relaxing in the late summer sun, outdoorsy kind of family that actually loves the incredible Texas heat!  Especially since it lets me enjoy some of my favorite treats that also cool me off!

You all know that I am an Iced Coffee junkie and that the introduction of International Delight Iced Coffee pour-able, ready to drink, cartons on shelves at Walmart was an answer to my craving  needs!   I LOVE them!  All three flavors!  Original, Mocha and Vanilla!

And during these sweltering summer months, I am enjoying the icy goodness even more! But, I’ll be honest, I have to monitor what I drink!  They are addictive and I could drink a whole carton in one sitting!  Especially since they are my drink of choice during my ‘me’ time!

Lately, though, I have been wondering if I can use my International Delight Iced Coffee and International Delight Coffee Creamers to do more!  Can I use them to cook and create yummy summer recipes that my family and friends can enjoy and refresh from, by chance?  I know there is a great recipes section on the International Delight website so surely I could come up with something fun too!

I headed to Walmart to get some ideas and more Iced Coffee and a deliciously flavored Creamer too!  I immediately saw the fruit sections and thought – hmmmmm – fruit makes a great addition to a smoothie!  So I picked up some bananas, strawberries and blueberries and started dreaming up concoctions in my head!

I headed back to the refrigerated section where the Iced Coffee was well stocked with all three varieties.  But before I chose my base flavor, I wanted to check out the creamers to see if something popped in my head as a good combination with the fruit!

This took the longest.  From the classic French Vanilla to the sweet flavors with Cinnabon and Almond Joy, there is, literally, a creamer for everyone!  I looked and looked and then my eyes landed on the Chocolate Caramel flavor.  And then it hit me!  I was going to make a Blueberry Banana Strawberry Mocha Smoothie!

Anxious to get home and try to see if these flavors would meld together and be de- licious, I headed out.  I was stoppped on the cookie aisle where I saw some Dark Chocolate Rolled Wafers.  Now wouldn’t that be fun to scoop up some smoothie with?

I could not get home fast enough!  And when I told my mom – who is here helping while I recover from my recent illness – what we were going to do, she immediately jumped in and wanted to help.  She is good like that!

You can see the process to make this smoothie below and then check out the recipe too!

Blueberry Banana Strawberry Mocha Smoothie

To a blender add:

2 Cups of International Delight Mocha Iced Coffee
1/2 Cup of International Delight Chocolate Caramel Creamer
1/3 of Blueberries
1 Medium Banana
2 Large Strawberries
Ice to texture
Whipped Cream

Blend the ingredients on the Puree setting until smooth!

Pour in a glass, top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cocoa powder.  Add the rolled wafer.  Admire your work, stick a straw in it and devour the creamy, yummy goodness in a matter of minutes.  At least, that is what my dad did when he got a hold of one of the smoothies!

The fruit adds a fun summer flavor to the sweetness of the mocha.  And the creamer adds the creaminess needed for that super special treat.  Plus the health benefits of the fruit help counteract the rolled wafer!

This smoothie is an easy, fun treat on a hot summer day!  Give it a try and see if you love it like we do!

What other ideas do you have for a great International Delight #IcedDelight recipe?  I am all ears!

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