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Are You Freaky Enough To Try These 9 Loaded Milkshakes? (Photos)


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Are you feeling a little wild?

Do you think you could smash one of these giant milkshakes topped with actual cake slices?

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Would you dare to finish this shake with milky Oreo and Belgian chocolate ice cream bars blended right in?

How about this gold Nutella shake?

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I double dare you to polish off this chocolate shake topped with donuts and Smarties!

How about this Nutella and Oreo monstrosity with double ice cream, Persian fairy floss, dark chocolate sauce and M&M’s?

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Are you more in the mood for some bright colors? Would you give these Fruity Pebbles, Rice Krispies Treats, cotton candy and fruit roll-ups shakes a second look?

Can’t decide whether you want pastries or ice cream? This scrumptious baked, blended freak of nature will solve that dilemma for good:

Then you have this one, piled high with cotton candy and other goodies!

Clearly, every milkshake should have giant cookies packed on top. Are you bold enough to scarf one of these down?

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Give them all a try! I believe in you!

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Featured Image: Adam Harvey/Flickr

Tags: food photography, foodporn, freakshakes, Hump Day, milkshakes
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Check Out Shake Shack’s Latest Shake Flavors!


By Cooking Panda

Winter can be tough on the best of us. Days are cold and short and sometimes it’s just plain gloomy. That’s why it only makes sense for places like Shake Shack to, well, shake it up!

Shake Shack reports that it is launching a trio of new shakes for winter. Starting on Jan. 3, 2017, and going all the way until April 30 (when the weather begins to warm up again), three new seasonal shakes will be available for our indulgence. Each of the flavors are pretty well explained by name only, but it’s just so fun to describe every delicious ingredient, so here we go:

Mint Cookies & Cream — mint-flavored frozen custard blended with chocolate cookie crumbles and finished off with whipped cream.

Salted Vanilla Toffee — salted vanilla-flavored frozen custard blended with toffee (duh!) and, of course, finished with whipped cream.

Mud Pie — marshmallow-flavored frozen custard blended with fudge and coffee (by far the most exciting flavor, in my opinion!), topped with whipped cream and more chocolate, this time of the sprinkle variety.

As much as I love my chocolate, the salted vanilla toffee shake does sound pretty tantalizing. I have to admit these can definitely serve the purpose of brightening up anyone’s dreary winter. Then again, if you’re more into warm treats in cold weather (because, you know, maybe you live in the northeast?), don’t forget that the Shack’s Brownie Batter Hot Chocolate is made right there in the restaurant with a bittersweet dark chocolate blend, fudge sauce, whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles on top! It’s available until the end of March.

Shake Shack says it’s going to be switching flavors up every few months to make room for seasonal treats. This first lineup for winter is a great introduction to the program, not to mention it brings high hopes for future flavors. What will be in store for spring and summer?

The shakes are $5.79 each and are available in all U.S. locations, excluding stadiums and JFK Airport. The specially made Brownie Batter Hot Chocolate is $3.89 for those who are looking for the hot drink of the season. Happy winter!

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We Tried Special-Edition Black Tap Milkshakes Bigger Than Our Heads (Photos)


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New York City burger joint Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer is best known for making the milkshakes that “launched a thousand Instagrams.”

Far from your classic chocolate and vanilla, Black Tap’s photo-worthy shakes are piled high with cookies, ice cream sandwiches and cake. And candy, which specialty sweets retailer IT’SUGAR knows all about.

So the two collaborated in mid-August. For the first time, Black Tap’s cool libations made their way to the West Coast at a pop-up event at IT’SUGAR’s Santa Monica location. The collaboration unveiled a shake never before beheld by the sugar-loving public. It’s name? The XL Gummy Shake (photos below).

Extra large is right. The vanilla shake, made towering by an IT’SUGAR giant gummy bear, a rainbow marshmallow lollipop and a mountain of whipped cream, stood about a foot tall. As striking as its height were its colors; multicolored jawbreakers decorated the rim (glued on by frosting, of course), colorful marshmallow charms were sprinkled over the whipped cream and a bright red cherry was perched neatly on top.

Black Tap owner Joe Isidori found inspiration for the shake by being a kid in a candy store.

“I literally spent a day in one of [IT’SUGAR’s] New York City stores, dreamt up as many concoctions as I could, sent them a whole bunch of ideas and then we collaborated and came up with this great XL Gummy Shake,” Isidori said.

Gummy candies, he added, are his favorite, so he couldn’t resist making giant gummy bears the centerpiece of the shake.

At the pop-up, the already novelty store was abuzz with Black Tap employees, including Isidori, as well as Pretty Little Liars star Tammin Sursok and Disney’s Dog With a Blog star Francesca Capaldi (see how much she was lovin’ the shake in the featured image?). The crew doled out all of its 350 shakes in two hours. 

“It’s pretty decadent,” Hollywood resident Zak Kline, who won a contest to skip the line and try the shake early, said of the dessert. “It’s like nothing I’ve ever had before, and it’s delicious. 10 out of 10.”

Los Angeles has its share of gourmet milkshakes, but none are as novelty as Black Tap’s, IT’SUGAR marketing team member Lauren Fleischer said.

“The reason we wanted to bring this experience to L.A. is because there’s no other experience like it,” she said. “We’re totally over the top, completely unapologetic, and [Black Tap is] the same way.

“They also saw that similarity, and we felt that the two brands together would offer an even more amazing experience for our customers.”

Isidori’s restaurant has just one New York City location, but he said that could change.

“This is the first time Black Tap is in LA, and I promise you: more is to come,” he said. 

What did we think of the shakes? Pretty delicious. The vanilla base is perfectly portioned and has a level of sweetness that’s just right, and the ice cream tastes like the good stuff. It’s not the main attraction, but it’s the best part. Save that all for yourself. 

As for the candy toppings, you’ll especially enjoy the contrast of the crunchy marshmallow pieces with the smooth whipped cream. But unless your stomach is made of steel, you’ll need a couple of friends to help you. And napkins. Lots of napkins. Actually, wear something you don’t care about. 

Here are more photos of the event by Haldane Morris.

PLL star and Black Tap fan Tammin Sursok tries a shake. The actress got her hands dirty behind the counter too; she served shakes to the first 10 people in line.

A man, amused by the size and splendor of his dessert, takes a selfie.

And here’s a close-up of dehydrated marshmallow pieces, cascading over the whipped-cream mound.

It takes a village. Several hands are required to decorate the jawbreaker rims, fill the glasses and assemble the toppings, all while keeping the shake in one piece.

Black Tap owner Joe Isidori talks to customers about his creation.


Featured Photo Credit: IT'SUGAR

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9 Fruity Milkshakes To Cool You Down This Summer


By Cooking Panda

Refreshing, creamy milkshakes to cool you down on a scorching summer day. Does it get much better than that?

Actually, it does! As various fruits are in season during the summer, many of the milkshakes on this list will not only be delicious, but inexpensive to prepare, as well. Furthermore, some of the shakes on this list are vegan, or can be easily made into vegan, low-fat drinks.

A guilt-free pleasure for your waist and your wallet? See, told you it got better!

From citrus to berries, mixed with vanilla beans, caramel sauce, and even mascarpone cheese, there’s something here for every milkshake lover!

In case you’re in the mood for some chocolate milkshakes instead, here is a list of nine to choose from.

Pineapple Milkshake

This healthy shake features non-dairy milk and only two to three ingredients! A simple, refreshing treat for those brutally hot days.

Strawberry Mascarpone Milkshake

The mix of mascarpone, vanilla bean, and strawberries will soothe your taste buds.

Creamsicle Milkshake

In order to create the optimal Creamsicle flavor, use orange sherbet. In a “Creamsicle emergency,” orange juice concentrate will do.

Caramel Apple Milkshake

Delicious and easy-to-make, with a dash of cinnamon!

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

For those who like to welcome autumn a little early!

Key Lime Marshmallow Milkshake

Try this with your favorite marshmallows!

Banana Caramel Milkshake

Although this is best with homemade caramel recipe, your favorite store-bought brand will also work.

Raspberry, Ginger, and Coconut Shake

Enjoy this vegan shake with fresh ginger and coconut milk!

Cherry Milkshake

Grab some in-season cherries, or other berries, for this versatile shake!

Featured Photo Credit: Belle of the Kitchen

Tags: cold drinks, Fruit, fruit milkshakes, ice cream, milkshakes, Summer drinks
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