While we’ll never say no to a standard chocolate or vanilla milkshake, these 8 places have turned the classic diner dessert into an international sensation with their insane proportions, no-holds-barred toppings and over-the-top flavors. So go ahead and skip breakfast (and lunch, and dinner), and dig in.
Sour Power at Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, New York City
The burger joint and freakshake powerhouse known as Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer is turning out crazy-fun— and crazy-good— shakes that are anything but run-of-the-mill. The latest is the Sour Power, a wild cherry shake with vanilla frosting and a sour candy rim. Did we mention it also comes with a sour skewer, gumdrops, lollipops, Fruity Pebbles and a cherry on top?
Gummy Worms at Boston Burger Company, Boston area
The Gummy Worm magic at Boston Burger Company starts with a vanilla frappe. But then this casual spot in Somerville, just outside Boston, takes things to the next level by tricking out the frozen goodness with M&M’s, sprinkles, whipped cream, a cupcake and chewy gummy worms.
Bacon Brittle at Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium, Orlando
Set to debut later this year, the highly anticipated Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium at Universal Studios in Orlando will offer a roster of uber shakes, including the Bacon Brittle. The name is an understatement: The shake involves not just bacon brittle, but also bacon-flavored ice cream and caramel, plus some chocolate-covered bacon for good measure.
Red Velvet Milkshake at Sugar Factory, Miami
Miami’s Sugar Factory, a brasserie and candy shop rolled into one, knows how to get your attention, and how to turn celebrity heads too. Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Charlie Sheen, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Drake have all paid a visit. Get the party started with the Red Velvet, which is pretty much everything a milkshake should be. The shake brings together vanilla soft serve ice cream, milk chocolate, whipped cream, chocolate shavings—plus irresistible chunks of red velvet cake on top.
Strawberry Shortcake at Hollywood Cone, Toronto
Strawberry shortcake is nice, but the handspun shake version at Hollywood Cone in Toronto is the most decadent version of the dessert we've ever seen. Think vanilla ice cream topped with two rounds of vanilla cake layered with whipped cream, fresh strawberries and a drizzle of strawberry puree. We may never look at plain ‘ole shortcake the same way.
Peanut Butter at Molly Bakes, London
This is one of the most spectacular peanut butter concoctions we've ever come across. Molly Bakes's brillantly nutty invention features vanilla ice cream mixed with peanut butter, more peanut butter and caramel oozing out over the sides. Wait, there's more: Whipped cream, cookie crumbs and pop rocks are in the mix too, plus gooey honeycomb—and a whole brownie on top. Photo courtesy of Molly Bakes/Instagram.
Coffee and Doughnuts at The Original Dinerant, Portland
The Original Dinerant in Portland, Oregon had us at doughnuts, but then they went and added coffee too. Needless to say, we're in. The coffee and doughnuts milkshake is a stunning blend of vanilla ice cream mixed with housemade coffee syrup, and it's all decked out with an entire buttermilk doughnut topped with mocha caramel sauce.
The Sneaky Freak at Patissez, Australia
Since the freakshake craze started in Australia, it’s only fitting that we include the O.G. milkshake masters of Patissez on this list. An ode to the Snickers Bar, their Sneaky Freak is served with loads of salted crunchy peanut caramel slathered in and all around the jar. Inside, liquid Snickers, crushed salted peanuts and light chocolate mousse are crowned with a Snickers caramel ice cream that’s been dipped in chocolate, rolled in marshmallow and torched before hitting the glass.
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