For lots of us, milkshakes aren't just delicious—they appeal to our sense of nostalgia, too. They conjure up the days of soda jerks and drugstore fountains, or, for those of us too young to remember things like that, just remind us of the little joys of childhood. Here are 12 milkshake recipes, ranging from sophisticated and subtle to super-rich, to keep your inner kid happy for the rest of the summer.
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Most of us, no matter how discerning we sometimes get about our meals, have a soft spot for fast food in one form or another, whether it's chow mein, McDonald's French fries, or the towering might that is Shake Shack's Double Shack Stack. Try one of these 15 fast-food and takeout re-creations to get all the deliciousness, with no scary ingredients and no drive-thru required.
Stash a bottle of amaretto in your freezer and you'll be ready to make the ultimate Almond Joy-inspired boozy milkshake.
A lightly-spiked take on the classic Almond Joy candy bar in milkshake form. Toasted coconut flakes and rich coconut cream add tropical flavor, while amaretto liqueur adds sweetness and a little bit of booze.
Remember that one house in your town that gave out full-size Snickers bars to trick-or-treaters? This shake is that same sort of victory.
This extra-thick milkshake has all the flavors of a classic Snickers bar: caramel, chocolate, and peanuts. Unsweetened cocoa powder works to add a punch of chocolate flavor without amping up the sippable dessert's sweetness.
I set out to improve upon the unimprovable, to somehow capture the spirit of the Reese's Cup in drinkable ice cream form.
Smooth peanut butter and butter pecan ice cream create layers of nutty flavor in this sweet, salty take on the classic peanut butter cup.
I think that eating a fresh fig straight from the tree is one of life's singular pleasures, but getting that amazing fig flavor into a beverage is a bit of a challenge. Simply muddling figs into a drink won't really cut it. It may give the drink visual appeal, but won't impart much, if any, flavor. Cooking down figs into a syrup can end up tasting sweet and caramelly, but it won't retain much of the original fig's personality.
This shake has a generous amount of goat cheese, layers of flavor, and is topped off with a few big turns of freshly ground black pepper for a perfect savory finish.
You know what a milkshake is, right? Ice cream, a splash of milk, perhaps some flavored syrup or malt (if you want to get extra special), all blended together with a powerful whirring disk until smooth and creamy. That's what you think a milkshake is, but you're wrong. As any true New Englander can tell you, what you got there ain't a milkshake. It's a frappe, plain and simple.
Which fast food outlets have vanilla milkshakes that actually go beyond "boring, plain, and unexciting?" We picked nine nationwide chains, put our waistlines on the line, and braved the worst case of brain freeze in recorded history to find out. Here are our favorites.
Cinnabon's new limited-edition Salted Caramel Chillatta brings the salty dessert trend into the beverage world surprisingly well.
Back to school season got you down? I have a feeling these recipes might help: eight different ideas for homemade milkshakes, easy to whip up for dessert or an after-school snack.
The uncanny creaminess of frozen bananas, their best friend Nutella, and rich, tangy coconut milk yogurt combine for this frozen treat.
I'm not about to be so bold as to publicly hate on pie, but when summer berries are so close to perfect it can feel like a bit of a crime to throw all of them in the oven. These berry shakes are a perfect way to enjoy summer berries as close to their natural state of perfection as possible when you've tired of just shoving them in your face by the handful.
Just in time for a record-breaking ascent into high summer temperatures, mall cinnamon roll hawker Cinnabon joins the Reese's craze with the limited-time-only Peanut Butter Cup Chillatta, the latest in its line of sweetened iced beverages.
The name really should've tipped us off, with two super-sugary confections named smack dab in center of the title. This new milkshake from McDonald's is sweet.
When it comes to sweet, minty, St. Patrick's Day-inspired fast food drinks, most folks channel their excitement toward the Shamrock Shake from McDonald's. But the new Lucky Mint Coolatta ($3 for a small, pictured) from Dunkin' Donuts gives that green drink a run for its money.