How can the benign banana be so bad?
McDonald’s used to serve a banana milkshake every summer. Every time March rolled around, I’d keep an eye out for the posters heralding its arrival and once they were out, I was in there. Shake in hand, I’d sit in a corner and sip slowly, relishing the cold roll into my mouth while marveling at how the shake’s electric yellow mimicked the same stark hue of the “M” in McDonald’s. I found it odd however, that my sisters and friends, almost everyone I knew, didn’t (or wouldn’t!) share my affection for this drink. As an aside, my sister still hasn’t forgiven me for the banana milkshake I made for her which precipitated for her, a most memorable er, regurgitation.
Looking back, that McDonald’s banana milkshake was loaded with artificial banana flavoring and tasted like it too, but it’s one of my fondest food memories. After a few summers, McDonald’s chose not to bring it back – not enough people liked it, I guess – and I remember remaining in active mourning for the following few summers hence.
As an adult, I don’t eat at McDonald’s anymore – maybe twice a year, max. It’s not that I hate it because I don’t. For me, their french fries are forever and when I was in college, I submerged several of my sorrows in their hot caramel sundaes. But if they ever brought back those banana milkshakes, I swear I’d be there everyday.
Milkshakes are certainly not a beverage I can indulge in often, but I admit an unhealthy attachment to them, especially the banana flavored ones. It’s bliss living in a tropical country where I’m blessed with a bounty of bananas, (lacatan only please, I abhor Cavendish), so I make banana milkshakes for myself a few times a year. Unfortunately, as a kid and now as an adult, I can’t seem to find anyone to share my shake with. My own husband, who has professed that he will do anything for me, draws the line at banana milkshakes; that and eating durian (yet another food I love that no one seems to). Even love has its limits, I suppose.
But my love for banana milkshakes has none.