There are a myriad of benefits to making milkshakes: They will cool you down on a hot day, satisfy a sweet craving as soon as it strikes, and can easily be whipped up in a matter of minutes. Spring is a great time to begin making milkshakes on a regular basis, and we’ve compiled seven sweet milkshake recipes you won’t want to miss. Prepare a classic vanilla milkshake, celebrate with one that’s filled with festive birthday cake flavors, or enlist toasted marshmallows to make one that tastes like s’mores. Your only concern should be determining which of these you’ll make first.
1. Classic Vanilla Milkshake
This is a great anytime, anywhere recipe to have in your arsenal. Good Housekeeping’s classic vanilla milkshake will satisfy a midday sweet tooth or when topped with whipped cream and sprinkles, will make for a delightful end-of-the-day dessert. Requiring 3 basic ingredients, making this recipe is as simple as combining ice cream, milk, and vanilla in a blender and blending until you’ve got a shake that’s smooth and frothy. It makes 2 servings.
- 5 scoop vanilla ice cream
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions: In blender, combine ice cream, milk, and vanilla, and blend until mixture is smooth and frothy. Pour into 2 tall glasses.
2. Salted Caramel Milkshake
Curb your sweet and salty cravings with Cooking Channel’s milkshake recipe. Start by creating the salted caramel sauce, which consists of sugar, water, heavy cream, butter, and sea salt. Combine the sugar and water over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat, bringing to a boil, until the syrup is a deep amber hue. Remove the sugar from the heat, whisk in the heavy cream, and then stir in the butter and salt. Once the sauce is done, blend it with ice cream and milk, and you’ll have an indulgent dessert that’s filled with rich caramel flavors.
- 1 pint vanilla bean ice cream
- ½ cup whole milk
- ¼ cup salted caramel sauce
Salted Caramel Sauce
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup water
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- 3½ tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon gray sea salt, crushed or kosher salt
Directions: For the salted caramel milkshake, combine the ice cream, milk, and caramel sauce in a blender and blend until smooth. For the salted caramel sauce, in a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the sugar and water over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and bring to a boil, without stirring.
If necessary, use a wet pastry brush to wash down any crystals on the side of the pan. Boil until the syrup is a deep amber color, about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the sugar from the heat and carefully whisk in the heavy cream. The mixture will bubble. Stir in the unsalted butter, and salt. Transfer the caramel to a dish and cool.
3. Coffee and Donuts Milkshake
How Sweet It Is takes milkshakes to a whole new level with this recipe, which calls for donuts, coffee, almond milk, coffee-flavored ice cream, and vanilla bean ice cream. Cake doughnuts are puréed with the rest of the ingredients, giving the shake a thick, tantalizing texture that your tastebuds won’t be able to get enough of. Feel free to make your own doughnuts using Joy of Baking’s recipe, or simply stop by the store and pick a few up the next time a coffee and donut milkshake craving strikes.
- 1 cup iced coffee
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk
- 2 cups coffee ice cream
- 1 cup vanilla bean ice cream
- 1 to 2 large cake donuts
- 4 ice cubes
- Cinnamon sugar for rim, if desired
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. If desired, wet the rim of the glass and coat it in cinnamon sugar before pouring the milkshake in. Serve and enjoy!
4. Birthday Cake Milkshake
That boxed mix sitting in your pantry can be used for so much more than cake. We recommend putting it to good use to make birthday cake milkshakes, as featured on ABC’s The Chew. Use the cake mix flavor of your choosing, blend it with ice cream, milk, and vanilla, and for a deliciously boozy treat, top your shake with bourbon. Don’t forget to add some sprinkles!
- 1 pint vanilla ice cream
- ½ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup cake mix
- Bourbon (optional)
Directions: Blend all ingredients together completely. Top with sprinkles and bourbon (if desired) and enjoy!
5. Chocolate Milkshake
Looking for a low-fat milkshake to keep you cool on hot days? Look no further than Food.com’s chocolate milkshake, an ice cream-free treat that will appease your cravings without wrecking your waistline. Milk, cocoa powder, sugar, coffee creamer, vanilla, and ice cubes are blended on high until the mixture is nice and creamy. The recipe makes 2 servings.
- 2 cups milk
- ⅛ cup cocoa powder or ¼ to ½ cup powdered chocolate milk mix
- ½ cup sugar
- ⅛ cup non-dairy powdered coffee creamer
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 12 full size ice cubes
Directions: Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high until there are no chunks of ice left.
6. Oreo Milkshake
Oreos take center stage in AllRecipes.com’s milkshake, creating a chocolaty, cookie-filled treat both kids and adults will love. We recommend garnishing your milkshake with a few crumbled Oreos and a dash of whipped cream. The recipe yields 2 servings.
- 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
- ¾ cup milk
- 6 chocolate sandwich cookies
Directions: Blend ice cream, milk, and chocolate sandwich cookies together in a blender until smooth. Pour into 2 glasses.
7. S’mores Milkshake
S’mores are a quintessential summer treat that taste just as good (if not better) in milkshake form. The Hungry Housewife combines vanilla ice cream, milk, toasted marshmallows, graham crackers, and hazelnut spread for one thick, gooey, and scrumptious dessert. The recipe makes 2 servings.
- 3 cups vanilla ice cream, packed
- ⅔ cups milk
- 4 large marshmallows, toasted
- 2 sheets regular graham crackers
- ¼ cup chocolate hazelnut spread
Directions: Place the milk in a blender. Add the ice cream. Mix in blender until smooth. Add the marshmallows, graham crackers, and hazelnut spread. Pulse several times until the last 3 ingredients are incorporated.