Vanilla milkshake bar with toppings surrounding

Best milkshake recipe ideas

Want to learn how to make a thick milkshake? See our cookery advice and best recipe ideas including classic flavours like banana and chocolate.

Looking for an easy dessert to make with the whole family? A milkshake captures the hearts (and stomachs) of all ages, and our creamy, sweet recipes will tickle any tastebud – with flavours from chocolate to blueberry.

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Celebrating a special occasion? Try setting up an elaborate milkshake bar with a buffet of toppings – think mini cookies, sprinkles, marshmallows, pretzels, popcorn, chocolates and sweets . Don’t forget the literal cherry on top – plenty of whipped cream and maraschino cherries.

For even more inspiration, see our family dessert recipes for simple traybakes, self-saucing puddings and easy cakes. Plus, see the best fakeaway desserts to recreate your favourite fast food treats at home.

How to make a milkshake

Ingredients

  • Ice cream
  • Milk
  • Mix-ins – syrups, spreads, extracts, fresh fruit
  • Toppings – whipped cream, nuts, chocolate, sweets, biscuits, popcorn, sprinkles, cherries

To make a classic milkshake, simply blend ice cream and milk together with any extra mix-ins. Add more or less milk and ice cream for your desired texture, but we recommend a rough ratio of two parts milk to one part ice cream.

Try adding ingredients like berries, chocolate hazelnut spread, peanut butter or salted caramel. Cover with toppings like whipped cream and sprinkles.

Best milkshake recipes

Banana milkshake

Banana milkshakes are popular for a reason – they’re easy to make and loaded with flavour. Whizz milk, vanilla ice cream and chopped banana in a blender until smooth. To serve, top with a dollop of whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon, a cherry and some dried banana chips.

Chocolate milkshake

Go all out with this next level chocolate masterpiece. Drizzle hazelnut chocolate spread on the inside of glasses, fill with milkshake (blended chocolate ice cream and milk) and top with whipped cream, marshmallows, toasted hazelnuts and a little more chocolate spread. Chocolate heaven.

Vanilla milkshake

Treat yourself to an indulgent, creamy vanilla milkshake with our classic recipe. This easy drink is perfect for customising with indulgent toppings like cookies, marshmallows, pretzels, sweets and squirty cream.

Blueberry milkshake

The tart flavour of blueberries works oh-so well with sweet, creamy ice cream. Toss the berries in a blender with maple syrup or honey, vanilla ice cream and extract for a brilliantly satisfying way to use up overripe fruit.

Eton mess milkshake

Why make Eton mess when you can make Eton mess milkshake? Strawberry milkshake 2.0, it’s topped with a super-fun mix of white chocolate, cereal marshmallows, candy floss and crushed pink meringues. Use clotted cream ice cream for extra richness, or classic vanilla.

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