Mixin’ Milkshakes

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Throughout high school I worked in a local Ice Cream and Sweet Shoppe. In those years I scooped cone after cone for the neighborhood kids, learned not to judge the odd combinations of flavors people requested, and experimented with milkshakes and sundaes. By the end of my career I’m almost positive I could make the best milkshake in Chicago.

I could consistently make the perfect textured milkshake. Just thick enough with a burst of flavor was all I needed. Other people, it turned out, thought differently. Some hated thickness. Some only wanted a little chocolate syrup in their chocolate milkshakes. People had really odd ideas about how to make a milkshake, but almost everyone I came across loves them.

When searching for fun quick and easy summer dessert ideas, milkshakes are a no-brainer. Add ice cream and milk, blend, and enjoy. I absolutely adore them and believe them to be the best summer dessert (especially Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshakes…) or meal for that matter. But, how to make the best milkshake is really up to you, and rather than ordering them making them at home will ensure it’s up to your specifications.

The great thing about summer desserts is the amount of flavors you have to choose from. Chocolate works, fruits are in season, just by chilling whatever you’ve whipped up makes that creation ideal for the hot months.  As the peak of summer dawns on us, there is no better time to explore the world of milkshakes—yes, there is a world.

My Chocolate Peanut Butter favorite was made at the Shoppe with our Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream and milk, but if that flavor isn’t available for you there is a simple solution:


  • ¼ cup milk
  • 3 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate sauce
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter


  1. Place ice cream, chocolate and peanut butter in blender.
  2. Mix until desired texture is achieved. (Less milk will make it thicker).

Like I said, milkshakes are easy to experiment with. Throw bananas in there. Toss in some nuts. Anything you have in the kitchen cabinet can be added to satisfy your craving, although I may stay away from mustard, but no judgments if that’s your thing. Homemade Ice Cream is also a great option to create your own favorite milkshake.

Alcohol can be a great addition to make this childhood favorite age appropriate, as this Boozy Thin Mint Milkshake recipe shows. But, made child proof just as easily. The options are really endless. Any type of craving you have can be created with the right combination of ice cream and ingredients. Want a cold s’more made of ice cream? A Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake can fulfill that sweet tooth. Traditional flavors of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry have all been had, so I recommend you step out of your comfort zone a little even if it is with a classic Oreo Milkshake. Or really switch things up with a Cake Batter Milkshake, which I assure you are amazingly delicious and a kid favorite.

And don’t forget, milkshakes are not just for summertime. Shamrock shakes are a go to in the early weeks of March, and peppermint is great around the holiday’s, but my favorite seasonal shake has always been pumpkin flavored, a Pumpkin Pie Milkshake is like heaven on Earth with all those spices blending into the coolness of ice cream…

What are your favorite flavors of milkshake? Do you have one that reminds you of your childhood?

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