How to Make a Milkshake

How to make a milkshake teaches you the perfect proportions of cream, whole milk, and ice cream for a milkshake that’s easy, thick, creamy, classic, and indulgent as heck. And done in 5 minutes.

Tall glass filled with a chocolate milkshake, topped with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, three straws

There’s a darn good reason why even those with sophisticated palates chase burgers with milkshakes. It works.–Renee Schettler Rossi

Burger Bar Milkshake

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In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer or whisk, beat the cream until frothy. Continue whipping, gradually adding the sugar, until firm peaks form. Gently fold in the vanilla.

In a blender, process the ice cream and milk until smooth, about 1 minute.

Pour the milkshake into a tall glass. Either spoon a generous mound of the whipped cream on top or spoon the whipped cream into a pastry bag fitted with a star tip and pipe it onto the milkshake. Sprinkle with the chopped nuts and chocolate curls and stick a straw in it. Originally published April 30, 2009.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

This is the great tasting, creamy, and classic milkshake we couldn’t get enough of as kids, with the updated toppings of freshly whipped cream, shaved chocolate, etc. When I was growing up, we thought toppings likes Reddi-whip in a can and chocolate chips were considered fancy! It’s not super thick like you might find at Steak-n-Shake, but if you like your shakes thicker, just add more ice cream.

I used Haagen-Dazs Strawberry ice cream for the first one. It had nice big chunks of frozen strawberries in the ice cream so it took about 1 1/2 minutes to blend it up smoothly with the whole milk.

This milkshake made the perfect amount for one tall glass that also accommodated the whipped cream and added toppings, along with the maraschino cherry on top. Of course, you save that for the very last bite after fishing it out with your straw!

I made a second shake using Haagen-Dazs Vanilla ice cream and added a shot of cooled espresso to that one. So many wonderful possibilities, you get the idea!!!

It's a very nice little treat to bring back wonderful memories. Thankfully, there is a gym nearby! I whipped the cream with a whisk (I doubled the whipped cream ingredients since I was making two shakes).

• I went the easy route and dolloped the whipped cream onto the shakes before sprinkling on the added toppings.
• Serves 1 each.

Today my milkshake was plain vanilla because that’s my favorite flavor and that’s the only ice cream I had on hand. I put it all together and added a few chocolate shavings on top and sat down to enjoy my drink. I hadn’t planned on my 11-month-old granddaughter taking it away from me. She loved it. When she started getting the slurping noise from the straw that meant it was all gone, she starting hitting the side of the glass like that would give her more. It was so funny. I can’t wait to try this with different flavors of ice cream.

I love the fact that this recipe makes only 1 serving, and that it’s just the right amount so you don’t feel overly stuffed after drinking it. [Editor's Note: Well, one serving, provided no one takes it from your hands as you're slurping it!]


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  1. This is my go-to milkshake recipe. It tastes *exactly* like old-timey burger bar milkshakes! And, of course, it’s adaptable to any flavor, which is great!

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