How to make milkshake step by step?

How to make milkshake step by step?

A milkshake is a kind of rich, creamy ice cream that goes great with burgers and fried foods or can be eaten as a dessert. You can make basic milkshakes and some fun and delicious variations.

  • Preparation time: 5 to 10 minutes
  • Mix the ingredients: 1 minute
  • Total time: about 10 minutes


  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream

  • 60ml milk

  • Chocolate, strawberry or caramel syrup (optional)

  • Vanilla extract (optional)

  • Malt powder (optional)

  • Frozen fruit (optional)

  • 3 crumbled cookies (optional)

  • 1 chocolate bar cut into small pieces (optional)


Make a milkshake

Let your ice cream soften so that it reaches a more or less soft consistency. 

The ideal temperature for an ice cream ready for a milkshake is -7°C and your freezer will keep it at around -20°C. Take it out and put it on your counter for a few minutes: you’ll know it’s ready when it’s soft and easy to spoon, without being melted or runny [1  ] .

  • If you put your ice cream in the blender when it’s too cold and too hard, you’ll end up putting too much milk. The milk in the ice cream is important for making a great milkshake, and adding too much will result in a runny milkshake  [2] .
  • Never add ice cubes to a milkshake for the same reason. They will add too much water to your milkshake and dilute the flavors and creaminess of the ingredients. If you want a thinner milkshake, just add a little bit more milk  [3]

Add three scoops of vanilla ice cream to your blender or milkshake mixer.

milkshake mixer is better: it stirs and aerates your milkshake at the same time  [4] . But if you’re not ready to invest in professional equipment, a food blender or an immersion blender will do  [5] .

  • If you don’t have one, use a large bowl and a whisk to beat the ice cream and milk  [6] .
  • When you start the recipe, take the glass you intend to use for your milkshake and put it in the freezer. It will be cool when you are ready to serve the milkshake  [7] .

Pour in 60ml of milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and any other additional ingredients

The latter will need to be added when you want to turn your vanilla milkshake into a malt, chocolate, strawberry or caramel milkshake.

Blend the milkshake for about 1 minute. 

If you’re using a blender, don’t turn it on and just watch it blend. Alternate between pulsing and mixing with a spoon. This will have the same effect as the milkshake mixer  [9] .

  • No matter what mixing method you use (whisk, immersion blender, professional milkshake mixer), you need to make sure your milkshake stays thick. If you put a spoon in and try to pull it out, if the mixture is thick, the spoon should resist a little  [10] .
  • If you like lumpy milkshakes, only blend your milkshake for 30-45 seconds.
  • If it seems too thick, add a few drops of milk  [11] .
  • If you feel like it has too much water, add another scoop or half a scoop of ice and stir  [12] .


Pour the milkshake into the chilled glass. 
If it’s the right consistency and thickness, you might need to use a spoon to transfer it from the blender to the glass. If it slips easily, it’s either too smooth or you’ve blended it too much. You will need to add more ice  [13] .

  • Cover your milkshake with a few drops of whipped cream and a maraschino cherry  [14] . Alternatively, top it with another ingredient of your choice (like a fresh strawberry for a strawberry milkshake).
  • Serve with a spoon and a straw  [15] .


Choose the ingredients


Choose a very good quality vanilla ice cream. 

This will be your base for almost any milkshake, even the chocolate and strawberry ones  [16]  ! Vanilla ice cream is neither too much nor too little sweet, so adding flavored syrups, other ingredients like cookies or chocolate bars will not make the milkshake too sweet.

  • Look for dense ice cream. Choose two brands of ice cream of the same size (500 g, 1 litre, etc.) and weigh them. The one that feels heavier will make a better milkshake  [17] .
  • Lighter, fluffier ice cream contains more air. When you blend your milkshake, you’ll inject even more air into it and it won’t get the thick, creamy consistency you want it to have. Choose dense ice cream over overly churned so you start with less air  [18] .
  • Of course, you can use any flavor of ice cream. If you want to experiment with something else, you can skip the vanilla base. If you want a mint and chocolate shavings milkshake, but don’t want to bother using mint extract or chocolate shavings, use an ice cream that contains it.

  • Choose high quality milk.

  •  Whole milk is best because it tastes richer and will give you a thicker shake. That said, if you prefer skim, soy, or nut milk, go for it. Keep in mind that these milks tend to be less thick, so you’ll likely need to use less milk or add more ice to get the right consistency  [19] .

    • If possible, look for good quality, locally produced milk. The better your ingredients, the better your milkshake will be  [20] .


Learn some variations


Make a chocolate malt milkshake.

 Add 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 60ml of milk and 30ml of malt powder to your blender  [21] .

  • Look for malt powder, not malted milk or malt flavored liquid. The malt powder gives the most authentic taste  

Make a chocolate milkshake. 

Put 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 60 ml of milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 60 ml of chocolate syrup in your blender 

  • Look for a chocolate sauce rich in cocoa for best taste  

    Make a strawberry milkshake.

  •  Use 250 g of hulled strawberries or 60 ml of strawberry syrup, 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 60 ml of milk and a teaspoon of vanilla extract 

    Make a cookie and cream flavored milkshake.

     Put 3 cookies of your choice (beforehand, crumble them with your fingers) in a blender with 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 60 ml of milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract [26  ] .

    Make a milkshake with your favorite treat. Make a basic milkshake with 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 60 ml of milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Before blending, add a handful of your favorite candy or candy bar cut into small pieces  [27] .

    Make a caramel pretzel milkshake with chocolate shavings.

  •  Add a few drops of caramel and a handful of pretzels and chocolate shavings to the malted milkshake recipe (3 scoops vanilla ice cream, 60 ml milk, 1 scoop vanilla extract [28]  ) .

    Make a banana cream milkshake. 

  • Put 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 60 ml of milk, 1 scoop of vanilla extract, 1 banana and 1/2 packet of vanilla pudding in a blender [29  ]

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