How to Make a Milkshake

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Everybody loves milkshakes — and as it turns out, it’s not hard to make them at home. We’ll show you how to make the best milkshake with a few simple ingredients.

Three milkshakes topped with whipped cream, sprinkles, and cherries

How to Make a Milkshake

Is there anything better than a cold, creamy, smooth, sweet milkshake? It is one of my favorite desserts. Whether you love fruity treats, chocolate treats, or a combination, there is a milkshake flavor for you. You might think that you can only enjoy a milkshake at a burger joint or an ice cream shop. However, with this recipe you can have a delicious milkshake any time you’d like right at home!


For the most basic milkshake recipe you only need two ingredients: ice cream and milk. It really is that easy! However, on top of that, there are a million different combinations. See below for all of our mix in and topping ideas. You want to use good quality ice cream and whole milk. Of course the store brand will work, but the high quality brands will give you an even creamier, dreamier treat.

How to Make a Milkshake - three milkshakes topped with whipped cream, sprinkles, and maraschino cherries

Milkshake Mix-ins and Toppings

There are so many possibilities when you are making a milkshake. My kids love to try all kinds of flavor combos. If you have any favorite milkshake flavors, then let us know in the comments below!


Mix-ins go in the blender with the ice cream and milk. You can also stir them in after the milkshake is blended.

  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Caramel Syrup
  • Strawberry Syrup
  • Bananas
  • Oreo Cookies
  • Strawberries
  • Peanut Butter
  • Coconut Flakes
  • Almonds
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Pineapple
  • Butterfingers
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Mint Extract


After you’ve made your drink and poured it into a tall glass, then add your delicious toppings!

  • Whipped Cream
  • Sprinkles
  • Crushed Oreos
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Chocolate Sauce
  • Maraschino Cherries

Milkshake Flavors

If you need some combination ideas, then check out some of our favorites below.

  • Chocolate vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, topped with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and Maraschino cherries
  • Cookies and Cream – vanilla or chocolate ice cream, Oreo cookies, topped with whipped cream and crumbled Oreo cookies
  • Pina Colada – vanilla ice cream, coconut flakes, and pineapple, topped with whipped cream and Maraschino cherries
  • Banana Berry – vanilla ice cream, banana, raspberries, and blueberries
  • Chunky Monkey – chocolate ice cream, banana, peanut butter, peanuts
  • Reese’s – chocolate ice cream, Reese’s peanut butter cups
  • Grasshopper – vanilla ice cream, Oreo cookies, mint extract

Recipe Tips

A container of vanilla ice cream and a container of whole milk

If you want the best at-home milkshake, then you need to use good ingredients. Use a good quality ice cream and whole milk.


Can I make a milkshake without a blender?

Yes, you can! You can use an immersion blender, a food processor, or a good old-fashioned whisk.

How can I make my milkshake thicker?

You can thicken your milkshake a couple of ways. You can blend it for a shorter time, you can use less milk, or you can add ice.

How can I make a thinner milkshake?

For a thinner milkshake, blend the ingredients longer or use a little bit more milk.

More Ice Cream Treats

If you love our milkshake recipe, then you’ve got to try some of our other ice cream recipes!

  • Fried Ice Cream CakeThis fried ice cream cake is an easy but also decadent frozen dessert. You will love the sweet and crunchy corn flake topping!
  • Raspberry Almond Fudge Ice Cream CakeRaspberry Almond Fudge Ice Cream Cake is a sweet cold and creamy dessert. It’s also loaded with chopped almonds, fresh raspberries, and chocolate fudge swirls.
  • Banana Ice CreamBanana ice cream is a healthy frozen treat that is almost too good to be true. Why eat a plain banana when you can make it into ice cream or a milkshake?
  • Homemade Vanilla Ice CreamThis Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream is so sweet and creamy. There is nothing like cold homemade ice cream on a hot day summer day.
  • Cookie Ice Cream SandwichesHomemade ice cream sandwiches are one of the easiest summer treats to make! Find out our secret to making them perfect every time.
  • Pink Lemonade Ice Cream CakePink Lemonade Ice Cream Pie is the perfect tart, cold, creamy summer treat that is easy to prepare and always a favorite. Only three ingredients!
  • Deceptively Easy Ice Cream CakeThis Deceptively Easy Ice Cream Cake is made with ice cream sandwiches, whipped cream, fudge, and caramel. A simple yet also scrumptious dessert!

How to Make a Milkshake

A vanilla milkshake with whipped cream, sprinkles and a cherry

How to Make a Milkshake

5 from 3 votes
Everybody loves milkshakes — and as it turns out, it’s not hard to make them at home. We'll show you how to make the best milkshake with a few simple ingredients.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1


  • Blender



  • Place ice cream, milk, and mix-ins if using in the blender.
    Vanilla ice cream and milk in a blender
  • Blend just until smooth and drinkable through a straw.
    A tall glass full of vanilla shake
  • Pour into a glass and add whipped cream, sprinkles, and Maraschino cherries.
    Three milkshakes topped with whipped cream, sprinkles, and cherries

Nutrition Information

Calories: 446kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 9gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 182mgPotassium: 486mgFiber: 1gSugar: 45gVitamin A: 932IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 328mgIron: 1mg

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Kelsey Crist

Kelsey lives in Washington with her husband, Alex, and two cats, Diana and Nova. Her happy place is in the kitchen listening to an audiobook and trying new recipes. When she's not in the kitchen you can find her hiking, shopping at Trader Joe's, or playing Animal Crossing. Her favorite food is pasta and Alex loves when she makes Homemade Oreos.

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  1. 5 stars
    My daughter used this recipe to make us some strawberry milkshakes. She had so much fun, and they were delicious! Her favorite part was adding the cream and sprinkles on top. 🙂