Way back when, when I was a small child my grandparents, Gram and Baba, lived in a town outside of West Chester PA which is about a half hour outside of Philly. I would spend several weeks during the summer with my grandparents and they would take my cousin and I to the King of Prussia Mall. There were two stores I couldn’t wait to go to, the toy store Kiddie City and The Purple Cow.
The Purple Cow was a hot dog stand that served great steamed hot dogs and steamed buns. My favorite thing to get was a Milkshake called the Purple Cow it was grape and vanilla creamy goodness.
Years later I was attending college at West Chester University in the late 80’s and I could not wait to take my friends to The Purple Cow. I loaded up my friends in my car and headed to King of Prussia. I couldn’t remember where exactly inside the mall it was so we wondered around for a while not being able to find it we eventually went to one of those large mall directories and still couldn’t find it. We finally found one of the security guards and asked him about The Purple Cow. He was an older gentleman so I had hoped he had been there for a while and he just looked at me like I had a horn growing out of my head. Granted back I did have long teased out hair and earrings but back then it was not that odd to see guys looking like that. I mean come on it seemed like everyone was in a band back then trying to look like the guys on the videos on HEADBANGERS BALL. OK here is a picture of me and a couple of friends from back in the day. That’s me on the left with the guitar with Bill and Eddie on the right.
But this post is not about the glory days of 80’s metal it’s about my childhood favorites. So back to the security guard, he finally told us that the Purple Cow closed years ago in the early to mid 80’s. So I had missed it by a few years and brought my friends on a wild goose chase.
I know there are other blogs and websites with recipes for Purple Cow Milkshakes but in my opinion they didn’t have the same taste that I remember, maybe these are recipes from other restaurants or just different remembrances, but they do have the color right. I have a recipe that has the taste right but not the color. I am not saying others are wrong and I am right I am only going by what tastes right to me based on a 30-40 year old memory.
I use my Hamilton Beach DrinkMaster to make milkshakes and I find it gives a nice creamy consistency through the whole drink. You can use any type of blender but I recommend the DrinkMaster.
Add 3 scoops of french vanilla ice cream, about 1/2 cup of grape soda and a splash of milk to a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve in a glass with a straw. If you find it to thick and a little more soda and milk. I find this gives the best combination of vanilla and grape for the Purple Cow Milkshake I remember.
Now I made this the other day with hot dogs to share a bit of nostalgia with Karen. I didn’t steam the hot dogs and buns, which is one of the best ways to make hot dogs. I wanted to kick it up a little bit. Preheat the oven to 375, wrap the hot dogs in crescent rolls from a tube, using softened butter or margarine spread a little on one side of the crescent wrapping and top with Italian seasoning. Place wrapped and seasoned hot dogs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper bake for 10-11 minutes until crescent roll wrapping is a nice golden brown.
PURPLE COW MILKSHAKE
3 scoops french vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup of grape soda
splash of milk
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth serve in glass with a straw
ITALIAN WRAPPED HOT DOGS
tube of crescent rolls
softened butter or margarine
Preheat the oven to 375, wrap the hot dogs in crescent rolls from a tube, using softened butter or margarine spread a little on one side of the crescent wrapping and top with Italian seasoning. Place wrapped and seasoned hot dogs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper bake for 10-11 minutes until crescent roll wrapping is a nice golden brown.