Milkshakes are one of America’s most classic and beloved desserts, and it just doesn’t get more original than a chocolate milkshake. It’s 2017, and outrageously excessive decadence is the name of the game. So accordingly, your once classic milkshake has morphed into an extravagant treat, overflowing with sugary indulgences. The chocolate milkshakes that you are about to see are not your typical milkshakes. They are something truly special and equally delicious. Some are topped with a donut, or a slice of cake, and some are topped with a lollipop. And some are topped with ALL of these treats! The over the top shakes also go by the name “freakshakes” and they are popping up in restaurants, burger joints, and bakeries everywhere. In honor of National Chocolate Milkshake Day, I present to you 13 of the most extravagant looking and accordingly scrumptious chocolate milkshakes from around the world. Enjoy!
1. Patissez, Canberra, Australia
Patissez claims to be the home of the true and original freakshake. They say it all started because they wanted to take the “humble milkshake” and make it into something special, and something special it is. Patissez focuses on ensuring that ingredients aren’t just thrown on for frills, but that they actually work together to compliment each other. With 15 different monster milkshakes to choose from, “The Sneaky Freaky,” is quite the spectacle and towers high with all sorts of Snicker-ey goodness. It features a caramel chocolate shake, a massive dollop of chocolate mousse, and a Snickers s’mores pop. I know, you're wondering what a Snickers s’more pop is. Well I’m about to tell you! A Snickers s’more pop consists one of those divine Snickers ice cream bars, dipped in chocolate, and rolled in freshly torched marshmallow. Jaw-dropping.
2. Black Tap, New York City, New York
Black Tap is located in New York’s trendy SoHo neighborhood, and has arguably accomplished a record height for a milkshake. What we have here is a Doughnut Oreo Chocolate Milkshake with candy coated Oreos, massive malt balls, AND a rainbow sprinkle glazed donut. There is no such thing as too much in this milkshake game which is why the addition of a full-sized doughnut seems completely necessary! Served in a classic milkshake glass with a retro stainless steel holder, the presentation adds a fun and nostalgic feel to the sweet experience. You can hardly even see the actual milkshake underneath all the layers of chocolatey toppings!
3. GD Bro Burger, Santa Ana, California
A decadent s’mores chocolate milkshake from GD Bro Burger in Santa Ana, California debuted recently and it includes a skewer stacked with perfectly roasted marshmallows, Hershey’s milk chocolate pieces, and a graham cracker. It’s practically a campfire in a glass and it calls for not one, but two straws. It would be a miracle if you still had room for dessert after enjoying a meal here because they serve some wildly rich items including something called “pizza tots,” (tater tots with sauce, cheese, and pepperoni piled on top) as well as burgers with fried mozzarella sticks inside! But there’s always room for dessert, right? Yes, the answer is yes.
4. The Great British Cupcakery, Newcastle, United Kingdom
In the up and coming Quayside area of Newcastle, The Great British Cupcakery is a bakehouse and parlour that creates remarkable cakes for every one of life’s special moments. They’ve also created quite an elegant chocolate milkshake that features a chocolate sprinkle doughnut resting quaintly atop the most perfect swirl of whipped cream I’ve ever seen. Rainbow sprinkles on more chocolate adorn the jar itself, because this shake clearly needed more chocolate. Each milkshake sits on a proper tea saucer, for fanciness of course!
5. Naughty Boy Cafe, Melbourne, Australia
Naughty Boy has these shakes on their menu under a category called “Instashakes,” and that’s exactly what they are – shakes that are Insta-worthy. Pictured here is “Chocolate and Nutella Fudge,” which has a chocolate fudge brownie, white chocolate mousse, Nutella, and freeze dried fruits. The location also serves “Traditional Milkshakes,” but we’ve already crossed over. We’re all about the "Instashakes" now. There’s no going back!
6. The Benjamins, Singapore
A cookies and cream chocolate milkshake to satisfy your wildest Oreo dreams! With a slice of cookies ‘n cream cake, chocolate wafer sticks, plenty of Oreos, and chocolate sauce pouring over the top, $16 is your ticket to this stacked Oreo sugar coma. With two straws, they are likely suggesting that you share this one. I’m not sharing, not with you… not with anyone!
7. Patty ‘N Bun, The Netherlands
This burger joint has delivered quite the extravagant milkshake. Here lies a chocolate milkshake, with Oreo and a chocolate sprinkle doughnut, which is then crowned with a healthy serving of whipped cream, sprinkles, and a very liberal pour of honey. Honey oozes over its entirety, and the way it coats the Oreos around the top of the jar is quite the spectacle. If you’ve never tried honey on ice cream, I’m suggesting you do that right now. It’s one of the greatest sugary combinations out there. Thank me later!
8. Buns Bar, New York City, New York
This Chelsea-area New York bar deserves special recognition simply because of the time and effort that went into decorating the glass. I introduce to you, “Death by Chocolate.” The boozy concoction features “Death by Chocolate Cake” infused with Grand Marnier and orange liqueur. Ribbons of Cap’n Crunch, Fruit Loops, Rice Krispies, and marshmallows plaster the outside of the glass while Kit-Kats and mini Oreos liven up the whipped cream pillow. Creatively utilizing every square inch of canvas, Buns Bar knocks this one out of the park!
9. Maxwell’s Bar and Grill, London, United Kingdom
This London spot has freakshakes on the menu, and they don’t even try to put a straw in them. But how could you, with that massive block of Oreo cake perched atop?! Other Instagrammers’ photos reveal that the shakes are served with the straws just stuck to the sides of the stacked whipped cream as if they’re saying “good luck!” Or maybe the point here is that you have to eat the dessert that comes on top of the dessert to get to the actual dessert. What a mouthful.
10. Cake Spade, Singapore
This Daily Cake Store calls these monster milkshakes, “cake shakes.” Clever, oh so clever! “Mudslide” here, comes piled high with giant toasted jet-puffed marshmallows, a slice of extra fudgey chocolate cake, a cookie, and then more cookies. A mudslide is typically made with chocolate cake, coffee, and whipped topping. Cake Spade has also executed a delicate Oreo crust that perfectly coats the jar of this chocolatey cake shake. “Mudslide” is brilliant as far as milkshake names go, as this is nothing less than a giant chocolatey mudslide.
11. Mom’s, New York City, New York
This Astoria milkshake haven serves what they call “Big Mouth Shakes.” The particular example here is called “The Fluffleupagus” and the menu assures us that it is “imaginary friend approved.” What you see here are not just any popcorn pieces, they are Cracker Jacks as well as a Reese’s peanut butter cup, marshmallow fluff, and peanut butter chips. A lot of places that serve these outrageous milkshakes don’t have them listed on their menus, but after reading this genius menu description, how could you NOT order “The Fluffleupagus!”
12. Muharam Cafe, Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne's Muharam Cafe creates something extra special here. Yes there’s a donut on top of this chocolate shake, but it's not any donut, it’s a nutella -filled doughnut. They stick an extra wide boba straw through said doughnut for premium sipping, creating an unforgettable chocolate milkshake experience. Those standard soda straws just don’t cut it anymore!
13. Lily Bakes Cakes, Glasglow, Scotland
A self-taught Scottish baker makes a towering Oreo milkshake with chocolate syrup, a jelly-filled sugar donut, a waffle, whipped cream, toasted marshmallows, honeycomb, Oreos, a salted caramel “syringe” and sprinkles. Placing something like a syringe on top of a milkshake is a bit wacky, but this one’s filled with salted caramel sauce, so yeah, it’s completely awesome.