If you ask me, a milkshake is good any time of year—from the height of spring to the dead of winter. But there's no denying that summer is its peak season.
Picture this: You've just spent a long, lazy Sunday afternoon at the beach. Salty, sun-drenched, and in need of a snack, you plop a few scoops of vanilla ice cream and milk into the blender. A few quick blitzes and a shower of sprinkles later, and you're sipping on a smooth, super-cooling milkshake that hits all the right spots.
Sounds perfect, right?
Luckily, a milkshake is just about the easiest dessert you can pull off in under five minutes (probably less). The best part: At a minimum, you need just two ingredients.
Here's how to make a milkshake using any ice cream and toppings you've got lying around in your kitchen, plus some of our favorite recipes and flavor combos to help you get milkshaking.
The best part about making a milkshake is that it is totally customizable, depending on the type of ice cream you have in the freezer, what type of milk you like to drink, and your favorite sweet-crunchy-salty-nutty additions. Here's how you get started to make a single-serving milkshake.
When it comes to mix-ins and toppings, the sky is pretty much the limit (though we've listed some of our favorites below). Just chop them up if needed and blend them in with the milkshake itself, or for a little more textural variety, reserve some to sprinkle/drizzle/crumble on top of the blended milkshake.
If we're talking cookies or nuts, it's usually easiest to crumble or chop them before adding on top. (But hey, there are places that put whole slices of cake on their milkshakes, so have at it.)
You can even combine different ingredients to mimic classic flavor combos like, blueberry pie (blueberries + graham crackers + whipped cream) or your favorite candy bar (chocolate chunks + caramel + nuts).
Here are a few of our favorite milkshake mix-ins and toppings: