18 Milkshake Recipes You Must Try

Enjoy a Different Milkshake Every Night

Various fruit milkshakes

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Why go out to an ice cream parlor for milkshakes when you can make your own milkshakes at home with these easy recipes? Here's the basic milkshake recipe with 18 variations to try yourself.

To make a milkshake, you really only need two ingredients–milk and ice cream. For two milkshakes, you will need:

  • 1 pint ice cream (try premium all-natural ice cream–low-fat ice cream will make your milkshake watery)
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups milk (whole milk will give you the richest flavor, but you can use low-fat or skim milk, too. Dairy-free milks–such as soy milk, almond milk, and rice milk–also work fine.)

That's it! Just place those two ingredients in a blender with any flavorings, like syrups, spices, fruit, nuts, etc. and give it a whir. Don't overmix–you want your milkshake to be thick. And serve immediately.

18 Milkshake Variations to Try

  1. Oreo Milkshake–1 pint vanilla ice cream, 1 cup milk, 8 Oreo cookies, 1 tbsp chocolate sauce
  2. Strawberry Milkshake–1/2 pound fresh strawberries, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 pint vanilla ice cream, ½ cup milk, small whole strawberries for garnish (optional)
  3. Vanilla Milkshake–1 pint vanilla bean ice cream, 1-1/4 cups whole milk, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  4. Chocolate Milkshake–1 pint chocolate ice cream, 1-1/4 cups whole milk, 1/4 cup all-natural chocolate sauce (such as King's Cupboard chocolate sauce).
  5. Banana Milkshake–1 pint vanilla ice cream, 1 very ripe banana, 1 cup whole milk, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  6. Salted Caramel Milkshake–1 pint French vanilla ice cream, natural caramel sauce (such as King's Cupboard caramel sauce), 1 cup whole milk, 1 tsp. sea salt
  7. Mounds Bar Milkshake–1 pint chocolate ice cream, 1-1/2 cups whole milk, 1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut, 3 Tbsp. chocolate chips
  8. Cherry Vanilla Milkshake–1 pint cherry vanilla ice cream, 1-1/2 cups whole milk, 1/2 cup frozen pitted dark sweet cherries, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  9. Mexican Chocolate Milkshake–1 pint chocolate ice cream, 1-1/2 cups whole milk, 1/4 cup natural chocolate sauce, 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  10. Peanut Butter Milkshake–1 pint vanilla ice cream, 1-1/2 cups whole milk, 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter, 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  11. Mint Oreo Milkshake–1 pint vanilla ice cream, 1-1/2 cups whole milk, 4 mint chocolate sandwich cookies (such as Oreos)
  12. Tiramisu Milkshake–1 pint coffee ice cream, 2 Tbsp. chocolate sauce, 1 Tbsp. mascarpone cheese or cream cheese, 1 tsp. cinnamon, chocolate shavings for garnish
  13. Grasshopper Milkshake–1 pint mint chocolate chip ice cream, 1-1/2 cups whole milk, 4 mint chocolate sandwich cookies (such as mint Oreos)
  14. Key Lime Pie Milkshake–1 pint vanilla ice cream, 1 cup whole milk, 1/2 cup Rose's key lime juice, 2 graham crackers
  15. Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake–1 pint chocolate ice cream, 1-1/2 cups whole milk, 2 heaping Tbsp. peanut butter, 2 Tbsp. chocolate sauce
  16. Pecan Praline Milkshake–1 pint French vanilla ice cream, 1-1/4 cups whole milk, 1/4 cup pecan halves, 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  17. Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Milkshake–1 pint chocolate ice cream, 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, 1-1/2 cups whole milk, 2 Tbsp. chocolate chips
  18. Chocolate Marshmallow Milkshake–1 pint chocolate ice cream, 1 cup whole milk, 1/2 cup marshmallow fluff, 2 Tbsp. chocolate chips