How to Make a Milkshake

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Making a milkshake is the perfect treat any time of year! Made with ice cream, chocolate sauce or your favorite add ins (like strawberries) and milk, this dessert couldn’t be easier!

September 12th is National Chocolate Milkshake Day so let’s celebrate with a simple 3 ingredient milkshake.

Two glasses of chocolate milkshakes with whip cream, sprinkled, and a cherry on top.

How to Make a Milkshake

Making a milkshake is honestly as simple as blending 3 ingredients! A generous portion of ice cream, a splash of milk and some flavoring.

The best ice cream is to use is full cream, full-fat ice cream because that’s where the flavor is! It is thicker, richer, and holds up better in the blender and when mixed with other ingredients because it has more air whipped into it.

To make a milkshake without a blender, you can simply add the ingredients to a bowl and mix until smooth. This takes a bit longer but still tastes great!

Chocolate milkshake ingredients in a blender.

How to Make Thick Milkshakes

There is nothing better than a good thick milkshake…otherwise, it’s really just chocolate milk, isn’t it? To make a thick and creamy milkshake every time follow these simple tips.

  • Start by using real ice cream (and choose full-fat.)
  • Add just enough milk to blend until smooth.
  • For an even thicker shake, substitute real heavy whipping cream for milk.

Make sure you’re ready to serve before getting started or assembling the ingredients. Once blended milkshakes start to melt quickly. You can also put your milkshake glasses in the freezer to get chilled which will help to keep the ice cream frozen a bit longer!

Top view of all ingredients being blended into a thick chocolate milkshake.

The Best Milkshake Toppings

This is the fun part! If you are making chocolate milkshakes for a crowd, put out a selection of toppings so your guests can build their own! These are my favorite ideas:

  • Cookies: Crushed cookie crumbs (Oreos, nutter butters, chocolate chip)
  • Sauces: Caramel, strawberry, blueberry, hot fudge, pineapple, peanut butter
  • Nuts: toasted peanuts, slivered almonds, crushed pecans
  • Fruit: strawberries, blueberries, cherries, bananas
  • Candies: gummies, sprinkles, licorice whips, nonpareils, skittles, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, crushed peppermint candies.

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Chocolate milkshakes in glasses with whipped cream cherries and sprinkles on top
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Review Recipe

How to Make a Milkshake

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dessert, Drink
Cuisine American
This thick and creamy milkshake is made with only 3 ingredients.


  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 cups ice cream use chocolate ice cream for a chocolate shake
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup or mix ins of your choice
  • whipped cream for topping optional

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  • Combine milk, chocolate syrup and chocolate ice cream in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Pour into cups and garnish with whipped cream and sprinkles if desired.
  • Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

You can use any flavor of ice cream or any add ins. For fruit, you will need about 1 cup of fruit for the recipe above in place of chocolate syrup.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 402, Carbohydrates: 61g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 49mg, Sodium: 157mg, Potassium: 514mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 52g, Vitamin A: 703IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 242mg, Iron: 2mg
Keyword Chocolate Milkshake
Two chocolate milkshakes with whip cream, sprinkles, and a cherry on top.
Two chocolate milkshakes with whip cream, sprinkles, and a cherry on top.
Top image - two chocolate milkshakes with whip cream, sprinkles and a cherry on top. Bottom image - milkshake ingredients in a blender.

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