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!

Milkshake fanatics have been lining up in droves in NYC to get their hands on a Black Tap milkshake. At Pâtissez in Australia, fans can’t stop talking about their signature “FreakShake.” Since I’m nowhere near either of those fine establishments, and already know my way around a blender, I decided to give these crazy milkshake ideas a whirl. Make your own mountainous milkshakes at home with these easy to find ingredients and tips for success.

Ultimate Milkshake Ideas | Erin Gardner 

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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 Milkshake | Erin Gardner

Chocolate peanut butter pretzel shake


  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Milk
  • Peanut butter
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Pretzels 
Birthday Cake Shake | Erin Gardner

Birthday cake shake


  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Milk
  • Funfetti cake mix
  • Extra sprinkles
Coconut Kahlua Milkshake | Erin Gardner

Chocolate coconut Kahlúa shake

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

How to build the ultimate milkshake

Rim the Glass | Erin Gardner

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 larger, chunkier candies around the rim of your glass. 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.

Rim the Glass | Erin Gardner

Make a great shake

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

Make a Great Shake | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

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.

Milkshake Toppings | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

Pile it on

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.

Extreme Milkshake Elements | Erin Gardner

Add an extreme element

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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