The Best Fast Food Milkshake in America Will Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

As the weather heats up, most of us crave something cold to drink. And can you get much colder than ice cream you suck up through a straw? The first milkshakes got shaken, not stirred (hence the name). They also originally contained a combination of milk, sugar, flavored syrup, and ice. The 1930s brought us the milkshake iteration we know today, mostly in diners and soda counters.

Today, fast food restaurants represent the most common place to purchase a classic shake. We found the seven best to satisfy your sweet tooth. Try them all, but especially don’t miss the best (page 7).

1. Chik-fil-A’s Icedream

chick-fil-a shake

The Icedream is thick, yet drinkable. | Chick-fil-A via Instagram

The popular chain makes its own addictive style of milkshake called Icedream. Serious Eats points out that Chik-fil-A’s version tastes genuine, even with the strange name. Sliding into, “the ideal middle ground between thick and drinkable, Chik-fil-A hits it out of the park every time,” they said.

The chain offers four regular milkshake flavors: chocolate, strawberry, cookies and cream, and vanilla. But if you really want to level up, go for the seasonal peach. It tastes just like fresh peaches and the first sip will transport you to the South.

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2. Dairy Queen’s milkshake

Dairy Queen milkshake

It’s less intimidating than a Blizzard. | Dairy Queen

DQ’s founders literally invented soft serve, so it comes as no surprise that their soft serve shakes really satisfy. Many people get distracted by their more creative offerings, but a milkshake at Dairy Queen really makes a solid choice.

Sometimes, a Blizzard just hits you over the head with its intensity, but a milkshake strikes the perfect balance of decadent and drinkable. They also come in crazy flavors like caramel cheesecake and Oreo, if you want a more interesting side with your meal.

Next: This iconic choice also takes us back to childhood.

3. Wendy’s Frosty

Three Wendy's Frosties

You can’t go wrong with a Frosty. | John Shearer/Getty Images

The Frosty earned its legendary status for a texture that no other fast food beverage has. The original Frosty just begs for you to dip your fries in that sucker, with its creamy, slightly grainy soft serve consistency.

However, did you know that Frosty milkshakes come in more flavors than the classic chocolate and vanilla? You can also get the shaken version in chocolate fudge, caramel, and strawberry. Try them all to find a new favorite.

Next: This drive-in’s excellence also really rides on its flavors.

4. Sonic’s shake

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Sonic shakes do not disappoint. | Sonic via Instagram

We kind of expected “America’s drive-in” to do a pretty solid shake, and Sonic did not disappoint. Not only does the chain use real, hand-mixed ice cream, but Serious Eats also calls it, “absurdly rich. It was the thickest shake I tried; my straw was worthless for the first 15 minutes.”

In addition to quality, Sonic wins for variety. You can try standard flavors like chocolate and strawberry, but also more interesting twists like banana and caramel. And their Master Shakes even include cookie mix-ins, if you want to really indulge.

Next: The following chain has its winning offer right in the name.

5. Steak ‘n Shake’s classic milkshake

steak shake milkshake

It knows how to do shakes right. | Steak ’n Shake via Instagram

When you have the word “shake” right in your name, we have high hopes for your product. And yes, Steak ‘n Shake does. Their thick, rich milkshakes come hand-scooped to order with real milk blended in. They also come in the classic flavors, as well as chocolate chip cookie dough, Nutella, M&M, and more. If you dine in, you can even get a frosted tin shaker with just a little bit extra. Now that’s what we call luxury.

Next: The following chain also puts its expertise right on the marquee.

6. Shake Shack’s milkshake 

shake shack milkshake

It’s called Shake Shack for a reason. | Shake Shack via Instagram

Many people love Shake Shack for its burgers, but don’t sleep on the milkshakes either. In addition to the standards, the Shack offers creative and seasonal flavors to satisfy your cravings. Ordering a Black and White — a blend of chocolate and vanilla — really makes you look like a pro. But if you also need a caffeine fix, go for a coffee shake, instead.

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7. In-N-Out Burger’s milkshake

In-N-Out milkshake

It’s a classic shake. | In-N-Out via Instagram

People follow In-N-Out like a cult, and one taste will tell you why. With just classic strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla flavors, they keep it simple and hone in on what works. In fact, celebrity chef Alton Brown, even called In-N-Out Esquire’s best fast food spot in America.“The shake tastes the way shakes tasted back when I was a kid,” he said. “It makes me tear up just thinkin’ about it.” Us too, Alton. Us too.

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