Milkshakes range from as simple as plain vanilla, to as complex as the new “crazy milkshakes” that have grown in popularity in recent years.
Milkshakes have always been a beloved treat: a swoon worthy mix of milk, ice cream, and whatever topping or flavor your heart desires makes that self-explanatory. These crazy milkshakes elevate the classic treat to a whole new level, using different, unique flavor combinations and ginormous toppings, such as cookies, whole slices of cake, donuts, candy, chocolates, candy canes, and so much more. Not only are these milkshakes delicious treats; they’re also incredible works of art, and a trend you can’t miss. Take a look below at ten of the best places to get crazy milkshakes.
1.) The Yard Milkshake Bar – Gulf Shores, Alabama
The Yard Milkshake Bar started in Gulf Shores, but is now found in Florida, Louisiana, Arizona, Georgia, across Alabama, and several other states, so their awe-inspiring milkshakes can be found all over the country. Some of their menu highlights include The Mermaid, a birthday cake milkshake with blue and green sprinkles, a mountain of whipped cream, and a large chocolate mermaid tail; S’more Than a Feeling, which incorporates the classic s’mores flavors and is topped with a whole chocolate-covered s’more; and The Cereal Killer, a marshmallow flavored milkshake with a Fruity Pebbles twist. Every milkshake at The Yard is mouth-watering and stunning- and that’s not even mentioning their edible cookie dough!
2.) Boston Burger Company – Boston, Massachusetts
Take a trip to the northeast to experience an explosion of flavors, found in Boston Burger Company’s famous “freak frappes.” They have four locations in Massachusetts, and a number of incredible crazy milkshakes. Some of the menu highlights include a Nutella milkshake, along with an Oreo, apple pie, strawberry shortcake, s’mores, and chocolate peanut butter milkshake. Boston Burger Company even offers a milkshake with a choco taco on top! Their milkshakes and their other food have received high praise from Food Network, Guy Fieri, and more.
3.) Great Shakes – Palm Springs, California
With a name like Great Shakes, expectations for this California joint will be high. Good thing they deliver! Best of all, there’s something for everyone here. Great Shakes has magnificent shakes of classic flavors, like Cookie Butter, Chocolate Fudge, and Salted Caramel, and some creative new milkshakes, such as Key Lime Pie, Almond Joy, and Banana Caramel Graham. If you’re feeling adventurous, try some of Great Shakes’ outside-of-the-box shakes, including Pistachio, Date, or White Chocolate Lavender.
4.) Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer – New York, New York
New York City has a lot to offer when it comes to food- pizza, burgers, international cuisine, and of course, crazy milkshakes. Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer has incredible burgers, fries, and crazy shakes. Their rim decorations are especially impressive, consisting of colorful pearl candies, mini chocolate chips, crumbled Oreos, Fruity Pebbles, and other tasty additions. They then add huge toppings like pretzels, lollipops, cake slices, cookies, and brownies. Check out their New-York themed Brooklyn Blackout, as well as their popular Cotton Candy and The Cakeshake treats.
5.) Zombie Burger + Drink Lab – Des Moines, Iowa
The state of Iowa often gets overlooked, but Des Moines’ Zombie Burger + Drink Lab definitely should not be. Its menu items have a creative, undead spin, with burger names like Dawn of the Dead, Mushroom Apocalypse, and Army of Darkness. The zombie fun continues with the crazy shakes, shown in Zombie Bride Wedding Cake, Zombie Joe, and Zombie Unicorn. Cereal milkshakes are popular here too, as is clear in milkshakes called Reese’s Puffs, Crunch Berry, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Zombie Burger + Drink Lab is definitely worth a trip out to Iowa.
6.) Terry’s Ice Cream Dairy Bar – Lynchburg, Ohio
An hour west of Cincinnati is a small, rural Ohio town called Lynchburg, home to some of the biggest, wildest crazy milkshakes. Terry’s Ice Cream Dairy Bar is attached to a pizza restaurant and a gas station, and this hidden jewel has so much to offer. The milkshakes are topped with huge toppings, including several donuts, a lollipop, a slice of four-layer cake, ice cream cones, and an entire stick of cotton candy. Each and every milkshake is astonishing. And of course, no Ohio dessert joint can be complete without a Buckeye themed dessert!
7.) The Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is one of the United States’ most popular vacation destinations, and also one of the most popular places for crazy shakes. Of the places on this list, they are the one with the most variety, with over 30 different kinds of these over-the-top milkshakes. They have many unique themes, including All-American, Don’t Worry Beach Happy, Moose n’ Waffles, and their new seasonal flavor, Hello, Fall. Whether you’re in Myrtle Beach, or at another one of their five locations, you’ll be dying to give any of these milkshakes a try.
8.) Gulf Coast Burger Company – Panama City Beach, Florida
Located in both Destin and Panama City, Florida, Gulf Coast Burger Company is famous for their aptly named “Category 5” shakes. They boast five permanent flavors, and a rotating seasonal shake. At Gulf Coast Burger Company, you can enjoy a Celebration, Sugar Rush, Chocolate Supreme, Cookies & Cream, or Peanut Butter. These flavors are a little sweet, sour, chocolatey, and savory, and perfect for anyone on a vacation to the panhandle.
9.) Crave Real Burgers – Castle Rock, Colorado
With two locations in Colorado, Crave Real Burgers uses some of the most unique ingredients on this list. One of its menu highlights is the Karmal Chameleon, a cheesecake caramel treat. And while milkshakes are traditionally a sweet treat, Crave Real Burgers puts together ice cream, banana, and peanut butter together with pecan syrup and bacon in their Velvet Elvis milkshake. If you’re looking to venture outside of the box, it’s definitely a great option.
10.) Sablon Chocolate Lounge – Dallas, Texas
Sablon Chocolate Lounge’s menu is elegant and diverse, with a focus on chocolate. Along with crazy milkshakes, Sablon Chocolate Lounge indulges in coffee, hot chocolate, frappes, crepes, waffles, and sundaes. Most of the crazy shakes at this Texas location revolve around, you guessed it, chocolate. Chocolate cookies, brownies, chocolate cake, and chocolate candies mixed with ice cream, whipped cream, and other toppings come together to make these heavenly treats.
If your mouth is watering, hop in the car, log into Instagram for the perfect snapshot, and enjoy a crazy milkshake!
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