A milkshake is a delicious, creamy drink made with ice cream that goes perfectly with a hamburger and fries or can be enjoyed as a frozen dessert on its own. This article teaches you how to make a basic, tasty milkshake and gives you some ideas for fun and tasty alternatives to the classic recipe.
- Preparation time: five to nine minutes
- Blender time: one minute
- Total time: ten minutes
- 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream
- 60 ml of milk
- Chocolate, strawberry and caramel sauce (optional)
- Vanilla essence (optional)
- Powdered malt extract (optional)
- Frozen fruits (optional)
- 3 biscuits in crumbs (optional)
- 1 chocolate bar cut into small pieces (optional)
Part 1 of 3: Making the milkshake
Step 1. Let the ice cream soften a little
The ideal temperature for the ice cream to be ready to be a milkshake is -5ºC and the freezer should probably keep it around -20ºC. Leave the ice cream out of the fridge for a few minutes. You'll know when it's done, meaning it's soft and easy to pick up with a spoon, but not liquid or melted.
- If you put ice cream in a blender when it's cold and hard, you'll need to add a lot of milk to make it thin. The proportion of milk and ice cream is important to make a great milkshake and too much milk makes the drink too liquid.
- For the same reason, never add ice to the milkshake. It fills the drink with water and dilutes the flavor and creaminess. If you prefer a thinner version, just add a little more milk.
Step 2. Add three scoops or scoops of ice cream to a blender or milkshake mixer
The beater is better as it beats and leaves the milkshake aerated at the same time. However, if you're not ready to invest in professional equipment, a regular blender or mixer will work, too.
- If you don't have either of these options, use a large bowl and whisk to mix the milk and ice cream.
- When starting the preparation, take the cup you want to use to drink the milkshake and place it in the freezer. That way, it will be chilled when serving.
Step 3. Add 60 ml of milk, a scoop of vanilla extract and any additional ingredients
At this point, it is possible to transform the vanilla milkshake into a malt, chocolate, strawberry or even caramel milkshake with chocolate chips.
Step 4. Beat the milkshake for about 1 minute
When using a blender, it is not to turn the appliance on and go. Pulse it and then stir the contents with a spoon. So you can get the same effect as a professional milkshake shaker.
- Regardless of the method used for mixing (beater and bowl, blender, professional appliance), it's good to ensure that the milkshake stays thick. When inserting a spoon and trying to withdraw the drink, the thick milkshake should offer some resistance.
- If you prefer a milkshake with chunks, just beat it for 30 or 45 seconds.
- Add a little more milk if it looks too thick.
- Add half or an extra scoop of ice cream and beat again if milkshake looks too runny.
Step 5. Place the finished drink in the chilled glass
If the milkshake is of the desired thickness and consistency, it may be necessary to use a spoon to remove it from the appliance and place it in the cup. If it runs easily, it's because it's too thin or because you hit too much and it's better to add more ice cream.
- Cover the drink with a generous layer of whipped cream and cherry syrup. Another option is to garnish it with your chosen ingredients (such as fresh strawberries in the case of a strawberry milkshake).
- Serve with a spoon and a straw.
Part 2 of 3: Choosing the ingredients
Step 1. Choose a good quality vanilla ice cream
In almost all types of milkshake, the base is vanilla ice cream, even chocolate and strawberry ones! Vanilla ice cream is sweetened to the correct level, which prevents the addition of syrups or ingredients such as cookies or chocolate from making the drink too sweet.
- Look for high density ice cream. To find out the density, hold two ice cream containers of the same size and different brands and see which is the heaviest. This makes a good milkshake.
- Ice creams that are lighter and fluffy contain more air. When whisking the drink, an even greater amount of air is introduced, which prevents the consistency from becoming thick and creamy. Choose the brand with the densest option to start with less air.
- It's possible, of course, to use whatever flavor of ice cream you like, so venture beyond vanilla if your goal is to experiment. If you want a mint milkshake with chocolate chips but not messing with mint extract and chocolate chips, go ahead and use a ready-made ice cream.
Step 2. Choose a high quality milk
Whole milk is the preferred choice for making a milkshake as it has more flavor and creaminess. However, if you prefer the skimmed, soy or almond version, feel free to use them. Just remember that these milks tend to be thinner, so it's better to use a smaller amount or add more ice cream for more consistency.
If possible, look for good quality milk produced locally. The higher the quality of ingredients used in the milkshake, the better the drink
Part 3 of 3: Experimenting with alternatives
Step 1. Make a malted chocolate milkshake
Add 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 60ml of milk and 30ml of powdered malt extract to a blender.
Look for powdered malt extract and not instant malt milk or artificial malt flavored milk. The extract provides the most authentic taste
Step 2. Make a chocolate milkshake
Add 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 60ml of milk, a teaspoon of vanilla essence and about 60ml of chocolate syrup to a blender.
Look for a chocolate syrup with a high percentage of cocoa for a better taste
Step 3. Make a strawberry milkshake
Use a cup of shelled strawberries or 60ml of strawberry syrup, 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 60ml of milk and a teaspoon of vanilla essence.
Step 4. Make a cookie milkshake
Add 3 cookies of your choice (crumb them a little with your hands first) to a blender with 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 60 ml of milk and a scoop of vanilla essence.
Step 5. Make a milkshake with your favorite candy
Make a basic recipe with 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 60ml of milk and a teaspoon of vanilla essence. Before whisking, add a handful of your favorite candy or candy bar, cut into small pieces.
Step 6. Make a salted caramel, pretzel and chocolate chip milkshake
Add some caramel, a handful of crumbled pretzels and the chocolate chips to a basic recipe of 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 60ml milk and a teaspoon of vanilla essence.
Step 7. Make a banana pie milkshake
Add 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 60ml of milk, a teaspoon of vanilla essence, a banana and 1/2 packet of vanilla pudding mix in a blender.