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These Over-The-Top Milkshakes Will Make Your Jaw Drop

Whose milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard? Your milkshakes will bring all the boys to the yard with these ultimate milkshake ideas!

You know those Insta-famous milkshakes (such as the ones from Black Tap in NYC and Pâtissez in Australia) that are piled high with toppings almost as tall as the milkshake glass? I decided to give these crazy milkshake ideas a whirl and had a blast.

Ultimate Milkshake Ideas | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

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They may seem extreme, but you can make them yourself at home! Read on to find out how to make your own mountainous milkshakes with easy-to-find ingredients and my best tips for success.

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Recipes for 3 over-the-top milkshake ideas

A successful milkshake is a subjective thing. I’ve provided ingredient lists for some of my favorite milkshake recipes, but how much of each ingredient to add is really up to you!

For a single shake, I typically start with three heaping scoops of ice cream and a few tablespoons of milk. Add more milk to thin out your shake, but not before adding your flavor elements. Chocolate sauce, 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 don’t get too pulverized. 

Chocolate peanut butter pretzel shake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Milkshake | Erin Gardner | Craftsy>


Birthday cake shake

Birthday Cake Shake | Erin Gardner | Craftsy


Chocolate coconut Kahlúa shake

Coconut Kahlua Milkshake | Erin Gardner | Craftsy
  • Salted caramel ice cream
  • Milk
  • Kahlúa
  • Coconut rum
  • Chocolate sauce

How to build the ultimate milkshake

Rim the glass

Rim the Glass | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

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 larger, chunkier candies around the rim of your glass.

Rim the Glass | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Use something sturdy and sticky, like ganache, melted chocolate or even frosting, to keep things in place.

Dig through your cupboards and get creative with your glassware. Besides the traditional fountain glass, wine glasses, highballs or even mason jars can make for great shake containers.

Make a great shake

Make a Great Shake | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

If you’re going to go to the trouble of dolling up your glass and layering on the candy decor, there better be something pretty delicious waiting inside!

Save calorie counting for another day and use a high-quality ice cream and whole milk when mixing up your shake. Allow your ice cream to soften on the counter before scooping into the blender. Softened ice cream whips up faster and you’ll need less milk to get your shake smooth. Hold the ice — it’ll just water things down.

Don’t let anything get between you and your shake

No 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.

Pile it on

Milkshake Toppings | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

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. Now is not the time to exercise restraint.

Add an extreme element

Extreme Milkshake Elements | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Just when you think you’ve gone far enough, take it over the line — WAY over the line. 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. 

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And don’t forget the straw!

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what is used to garnish the kahlua shake? It’s been bugging me so bad!

Erin Gardner

There’s a cluster of three cherries covered in white chocolate and a marshmallow dipped in chocolate, then rolled in toasted coconut. 🙂


Oh my god, Erin, have I died and landed in heaven yet? These look absolutely terrific!

One question: in the Chocolate coconut Kahlúa shake, how do you get the chocolate sauce to run on the inside of the glass’s wall? I think yours is on the outside, but I’ve seen plenty of milkshakes with nice design on the inside.

Erin Gardner

Haha! So glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂 To create designs inside of the glass you would pipe or drip those into a clean glass first, pop it in the freezer until the design has hardened, then fill the glass up with your shake.

Jeremy Thompson

Thanks for sharing such unique and interesting milkshake ideas! I especially love the birthday cake shake as it looks so colorful which would potentially make any kid who would get to have it jumping in joy. That is also quite timely as I’ve found some good looking milkshake machines while looking for my margarita machine for the upcoming summer season. These ingredients should be a breeze to do with the help of the machine. I’ll be sure to take a good look at these milkshake machines too so that I can make sure that they’ll be able to accommodate your shakes. Thanks!


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