How to Make a Milkshake

Mar 22nd 2019 - Guest Blog,  Café,  Latest,  Serving, 

How to Make a Milkshake

As the calendar turns to spring, it’s only a matter of time before the weather starts to heat up. And that means milkshake season is right around the corner. The classic summertime treat is a classic for a reason. If you’re wondering how to make a milkshake, then you’ve come to the right place. This post will cover just that while also detailing some of the best milkshake machines on the market.

How Do You Make a Milkshake

If you want to make a delicious milkshake, there are a few things you will need.

  • Let's start with the equipment.
    • Blender or an immersion blender: To mix the ingredients for a smooth and creamy consistency.
    • A tall glass and spoon: To contain the milkshake and scoop up any chunks of ice cream if necessary.
  • Now, let's take a look at the ingredients. You'll only need two!
    • Milk: You can use any type of milk, such as whole milk, skim milk, or plant-based milk.
    • Ice cream: For the ice cream, you can use any flavor that you like, though vanilla and chocolate are the most popular options.

Step One: Choosing the Ice Cream

Before we dive into the steps of making a delicious milkshake, it's important to choose the right ice cream flavor. While vanilla and chocolate are classic options, the possibilities are endless.

It all comes down to personal preference and what you want in your milkshake. So, let's take a closer look at how to choose the perfect ice cream for your desired milkshake flavor.

(See more: Smoothie Guide For Cafes, Restaurants, And Concession Stands)

Types of Ice Cream to Consider

Making a milkshake at home is a satisfying and delicious treat, especially when you have the right ingredients. One of the key ingredients in any milkshake is, of course, the ice cream, and choosing the right type can make or break your shake.

Here are some types of ice cream to consider when making a milkshake (There are also healthier options added!):

1. Vanilla - Vanilla is a classic flavor and a popular choice for making milkshakes. It has a creamy, smooth texture and a sweet, subtle flavor. You can use pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean ice cream for an even richer taste.

2. Chocolate - Chocolate ice cream is one of the most commonly used flavors for making milkshakes. It has a rich, decadent taste that pairs well with other flavors and ingredients, such as chocolate chips or chocolate syrup.

3. Strawberry - For a fruity twist, strawberry ice cream is a great option. It has a sweet, refreshing flavor and a bright pink color that looks great in a tall glass. You can also add fresh strawberries to enhance the strawberry flavor even more.

4. Frozen Yogurt* - If you're looking for a healthier alternative, frozen yogurt can be used instead of ice cream. It's lower in calories and fat, but still has a creamy texture and comes in a variety of flavors.

5. Plant-Based Milk - For those who are lactose intolerant or following a vegan diet, plant-based milk is a great option. It can be used to make a dairy-free and delicious milkshake. Some popular plant-based milk include almond milk, soy milk, and oat milk.

Whether you choose a classic flavor or something more creative, the type of ice cream you use can greatly impact the taste and texture of your milkshake. Experiment with different flavors and ingredients to find your perfect milkshake recipe.

(Know a little more here! : Gelato Vs. Ice Cream Vs. Frozen Yogurt Vs. Soft Serve)

Step Two: Preparing the Milk and Other Ingredients

Before diving into the milkshake-making process, it's important to choose high-quality ingredients.

  • Deciding How Much Milk to Use in the Milkshake
    • When it comes to making a milkshake, the quantity of milk plays a crucial role in determining its texture and taste. Using too much milk can make it thin and runny while using too little milk can make it too thick and difficult to slurp. So, how much milk should you use in a milkshake?
    • Ideally, a splash or a couple of ounces of milk is enough to create a premium consistency. If you add too much milk, the ice cream won't emulsify well, and the milkshake will be less tasty. The key is to strike a balance between the ice cream and the milk.
  • Considering Other Dairy Alternatives or Add-Ins for a Different Taste
    • While milk is the traditional liquid component in milkshakes, there are a variety of dairy alternatives and add-ins that can be used to create a unique and delicious taste.
    • One option is to use frozen yogurt instead of ice cream. This can give the milkshake a tangy taste and a creamier, smoother texture. Another dairy alternative to consider is plant-based milk, such as almond, cashew, or soy milk. These alternatives work just as well as traditional cow's milk, and can add a nutty or earthy flavor to the milkshake.