Over-The-Top Milkshakes to Blow Your Mind

Once upon a time, milkshakes were a simple milk-and-ice cream affair. But ever since Instagram, the game has changed. Today's super shakes are more like an excuse to pile every delicious treat you can think of in a great big glass. And we're fine with that.

Here's how to shake it 'til you make it

Start with three heaping scoops of ice cream and a few tablespoons of milk. To thin out your shake add a bit more milk, but not before including your flavor elements. That's because stuff like chocolate sauce, flavor extracts, or liquor will thin out the shake without any additional milk needed. Toss in chunkier elements, like cookies or pretzels, right at the end so they maintain a little texture.

Chocolate peanut butter pretzel shake


  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Milk
  • Peanut butter
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Pretzels 

Birthday cake shake


  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Milk
  • Funfetti cake mix
  • Extra sprinkles

Chocolate coconut Kahlúa shake


  • Salted caramel ice cream
  • Milk
  • Kahlúa
  • Coconut rum
  • Chocolate sauce

Build it beautiful

Rim the glass

Take a cue from your favorite cocktails and rim your milkshake glass with some tasty treats. Think small with sprinkles, tiny candies or edible stars. Or go big and add chunkier candies around the rim. You'll need something sturdy and sticky, like melted chocolate or even frosting, to keep things in place.

Btw: it's not a big deal if you don't have those "proper" sundae containers; dig through your cupboards and get creative with glassware. Wine glasses, highballs, and even mason jars can make great shake vessels.

Go big or go home

If you're going to go to the trouble of dolling up your glass and layering on the candy decor, use a high-quality ice cream and whole milk when mixing up your shake. (This isn't the time for calorie counting.)

Don't let anything get between you and your shake

No countertop blender? No problem. A stick blender is fantastic for whipping up shakes on the fly. In a pinch you can even use a hand mixer or good old-fashioned elbow grease with a whisk and bowl.

Top it off

Once your glass is rimmed and filled, time to take it over the top! Whipped cream is always a good idea (amirite?!), as well as chocolate sauce, sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, melted caramel, marshmallows... I think you get the point. Let's just say more is more.

Add an extreme element

Just when you think you've gone far enough, nope, you haven't. Add some height and drama to your shake with an extra treat that conveys the theme, like a giant lollipop, chocolate-dipped marshmallows or even a hunk of birthday cake. 

Add straw, spoon, and serve! Photos optional, but who are we kidding? These must be immortalized.

August 20, 2018
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