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Blackberry Purple Cow Recipe

We’ve all been there. You go to an event, a party or a restaurant. You eat or drink something memorable, and then many years later realize that you wish you could have that treat again. The Purple Cow is one of those memories for me.

Years ago, my best friend was a dairy princess. Every once and awhile I would get to go with her as she fulfilled her duties. I guess you could say that I milked her title for all it was worth. One of those duties was working at the Dairy Farmers of Washington’s booth at the state fairgrounds. They made Purple Cows. Now you can too.


First things first, we make the blackberry syrup. Place one pound of blackberries into a saucepan over medium-high heat with 1/2 cup of sugar, a few drops of fresh lemon juice, a few dashes of salt and 3/4 cup of water.

Stir until sugar has dissolved.

Scoop about 3/4 cup of the blackberry juices out of the saucepan and into the blender. Add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Blend well.

Add juice from blender back into saucepan. Stir. Using a potato masher, mash the blackberries well.

Turn heat to medium and allow to simmer. Stir for a few minutes until syrup thickens.

Pour blackberry syrup into a large strainer over a bowl. Allow to drain and then press the blackberries through the strainer as much as possible.

You will notice thick juices coming through the strainer. Wipe into bowl every once & awhile.

A small glass might be handy to help push the berries through the strainer.

You should end up with 1 1/2 cups to two cups of lovely homemade blackberry syrup. This syrup can be used on pancakes, waffles, crepes or in Purple Cows.

Allow syrup to cool.

After the syrup is made, Purple Cows are so very easy to make. You just need your blackberry syrup, lemon lime pop and blackberry ice cream.

In a large glass (I recommend at least a 24 ouncer) place to scoops of blackberry ice cream and 1/4 cup of your blackberry syrup.

Fill the glass the rest of the way with lemon lime pop (about 2 or 3 cups). Oooo shineeeeeey.

Give your drink a slight stir then add a straw, a spoon and a friend. It pays to have friends in high places… or at least connections with dairy farmers.

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  1. Look delicious! Pretty Simple too. My family and i are going to have to try this before summer is over. Thanks for the recipe!

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