Milkshakes – how to make them, how to customize them, and and how to love them! Customize your favorite milkshake ingredients with an easy-to-remember formula, and then make them in the blender.



milkshakes how to make

I’ve been feeling like a pretty fun ‘summer mom’ lately, even though my daughter is still in a preschool part of each day. For one, I think learning shouldn’t end in the summer, but also, I need some time to myself each day to get work done. Maybe some of my ‘work’ is just sitting quietly in a room alone without being pummeled with questions about the difference between amphibians and reptiles, but that’s just Mondays, you know?

I think we’ve struck up a good balance: she goes part of the day 4 days a week, and I freely let her miss a day if I have something extra fun up my sleeve.

Last week, a candy exhibit came to Dallas, and I really wanted to go! I’m positive that it is more for me than her, though we both love candy. Each room has a candy theme with art sculptures made entirely from candy and famous pieces of art recreated with candy. We were particularly enthralled with the Frida Kahlo self-portrait made entirely with jelly beans, because Camille and I have been reading lots of kid books about Frida lately!

It was hard to top a day of candy free-for-all, but I knew our summer needs one last thing: MILKSHAKES!

milkshake recipe

Despite the candy exhibit experience, I’m actually one of those moms that limits sugar regularly. While Camille has enjoyed ice cream a few times, she had never had a sip of a milkshake before! I just knew that this was going to be our next item on our ‘Summer Bucket List.’

For my family, I make milkshakes in the blender, because I’ve found that a really strong powerful blender (like a Vitamix) does all the work I need! I’ve seen the countertop machines that are specifically meant to make milkshakes, but I’ll grab my blender instead, thanks.

Steps how to make:

After typing in ‘milkshake how to make’ on my phone and being overwhelmed with results, I came up with my own plan. I decided to keep it really simple. Just ice cream, a splash of milk and some fun, optional additions. 

I also made the executive decision to always keep the ingredients in my house for the remainder of the summer months. Soon, it will be pumpkin season, and these milkshake ingredients will remind us of our fun summer days!

milkshake ingredients

Basic milkshake recipe:

The formula for how to make milkshakes is simple: 3 scoops of ice cream + 1 cup of milk. Anything else you want to add is entirely up to you!

I feel like it’s really important to distinguish these from smoothies in my house (otherwise, Camille will ask for chocolate every morning for breakfast, hah!), so I use a heavy hand with the whipped cream and decorate it with a cherry on top.

My whole family loved these; it was such an unexpected fun treat after dinner one night outside.

milkshake in blender

Strawberry milkshake recipe:

When I’m making a strawberry version, I like to toss in a handful of fresh strawberries to make it extra delicious. Fresh strawberries with 3 scoops of strawberry ice cream plus 1 cup of milk is perfect!  

Milkshake vanilla: 

When I’m making a vanilla milkshake, I like to add 3 tablespoons of malted milk powder for that classic soda fountain flavor. So, it’s 3 scoops of your favorite vanilla ice cream with one cup of milk, plus malted milk powder.

Blue Bunny’s Homemade Vanilla ice cream is my favorite vanilla among all of the vanilla ice cream on the shelves, and that says a lot! 

milkshake recipe chocolate

Milkshake recipe chocolate:

If I’m making a chocolate milkshake, I also add malt powder because my husband loves a good chocolate malt! This is why he loves my malted chocolate chip cookies, by the way.

His perfect chocolate malt recipe is 3 scoops of chocolate ice cream with one cup of milk, plus malted milk powder. If I have chocolate milk in the fridge, I use that instead of plain milk to make it a double chocolate milkshake!

Blue Bunny’s chocolate ice cream is what my husband requests the most. The chocolate is so rich and creamy!

milkshake vanilla

If you keep these milkshake ingredients in your freezer all summer long, you’re just minutes away from a smile on every face in your family! If you’re like me and enjoy things like this, keep these items stocked up in the freezer means you’ll have them on hand when you need them.

milkshakes how to make

Other milkshakes you would like:

Yield: 3

Milkshakes: How to Make

milkshakes how to make

How to make your favorite milkshakes: vanilla, strawberry and chocolate versions. Each recipe makes one milkshake--scale up as needed.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


For the chocolate milkshake:

  • 3 scoops chocolate ice cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons malted milk powder (optional)

For the vanilla milkshake:

  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons malted milk powder (optional)

For the strawberry milkshake:

  • 3 scoops strawberry ice cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries


  • whipped cream
  • hot fudge sauce
  • sprinkles
  • Maraschino cherries


    1. Make each flavor one at a time in the blender: combine the ice cream, milk and malted milk powder (if using) or strawberries in the blender.
    2. Blend on high speed until smooth.
    3. Pour into a glass and serve.


*Each recipe makes 1 milkshake; double or triple the recipe as needed to serve more.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 596Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 300mgCarbohydrates: 86gFiber: 5gSugar: 69gProtein: 14g

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