Whipped cream and a maraschino cherry used to be the only toppings on a milkshake, but now the garnish game has gotten bigger and bolder. Just check out these seven mega milkshakes gussied up with a bevy of bonus bites.
Holsteins Shakes and Buns, Las Vegas, Nevada
This Bam-Boozled shake takes s’mores to new levels of sugariness and booziness. The milkshake remake of the campfire classic is spiked with Smirnoff marshmallow vodka and swirled with chocolate and marshmallow. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s topped off with a marshmallow and graham cracker crumble. Make a reservation at Holsteins Shakes and Buns.
Dylan’s Candy Bar, New York, New York
Can’t choose between a shake and a cone? Waffle no longer by ordering the Best of Both Worlds. The Carnival version features cotton candy and strawberry ice creams, along with clouds of cotton candy, rainbow sprinkles, a squiggle of sour ribbon, and a couple of rock candy lollipops. Make a reservation at Dylan’s Candy Bar.
The Original, Portland, Oregon
Now you can have dessert for breakfast. The maple bacon milkshake comes coronated with a trio of flapjacks, crispy bacon rashers, maple whipped cream, and maple syrup. All that’s missing is the morning paper. Make a reservation at The Original.
Sugar Factory, Miami Beach, Florida
When you order a dessert called the Caramel Sugar Daddy Cheesecake Milkshake, you know you’re in for something epic. Vanilla ice cream is blended with caramel and cheesecake pieces, then topped off with a slice of NY style cheesecake, a Sugar Daddy, and a rainbow lollipop. It’s served in a chocolate covered mug covered with crushed graham crackers. Make a reservation at Sugar Factory.
The Salt Line, Washington, D.C.
Executive Chef Kyle Bailey’s supremely talented wife, Tiffany MacIsaac, who owns Buttercream Bakeshop, created this whopper of a milkshake. The Fluffernutter features ice cream, marshmallows, peanuts, peanut butter, chocolate, chocolate sprinkles, saltwater taffy, and a doughnut. We double dog dare you to finish it by yourself. Make a reservation at the Salt Line.
Big Daddy’s–Upper West Side, New York, New York
This milkshake looks like it was designed with a unicorn on ecstasy in mind. Boasting a brilliant blue hue, it has add-ons galore, including cotton candy, a sour ribbon, and rainbow candy. Make a reservation at Big Daddy’s.
Lincoln’s Bar B Que, Silver Spring, Maryland
This Super Crazy Milkshake lives up to its name. It’s basically a giant, drinkable Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup finished with a swirl of whipped cream, zigzags of caramel, chocolate covered pretzels, and chocolate coins. There’s the option to add bourbon, which always sounds like a good idea to us. Make a reservation at Lincoln’s Bar B Que.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credits: tjphotonotions.com (Sugar Factory); Deb Lindsey (Salt Line); Nevin Martell (Lincoln)