The Most Instagrammable Milkshakes in America
With names like "Insane Shakes" and "Freak Frappes," crazy milkshakes have taken America by storm — "crazy" because these shake shops across the country are serving up completely over-the-top milkshakes for one key purpose: to compel customers to Instagram these monstrous, indulgent creations. And we do, because who can say no to a candy-covered mug or a shake topped six inches high with toppings like cotton candy, cupcakes, and bacon toppings? These artisanal shakes are reason enough to book a trip to various cities all over the States, and you'll agree wholeheartedly once you feast your eyes on them.
Alaska: Snow City Cafe
The shop: Snow City Cafe in Anchorage, AK
The milkshake to order: Raspberry Torte Milkshake
Snow City Cafe may be best known for its breakfast, but the milkshakes deserve a shout-out too. Check out seasonal milkshake specials like this Raspberry Torte Milkshake, topped with raspberry and chocolate syrups and fresh raspberries.
Arizona: Stray Dogs
Arkansas: Big Orange Burger
The shop: Big Orange Burger in Little Rock, AR
The milkshake to order: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake
Indulge yourself at Big Orange Burger with a delicious and juicy burger, but be sure to make room to enjoy it with a Big Orange Shake. The smooth blend of dark chocolate and peanut butter in the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake is a customer favorite.
California: Crème & Sugar
The shop: Crème & Sugar in Anaheim Hills, CA
The milkshake to order: Unicorn Milkshake (or Unicorn Float, as pictured)
If you're into the unicorn craze like the rest of us, Crème & Sugar will be your unicorn heaven. Unlike the Starbucks Frappuccino, we're told the Unicorn Float tastes as magical as it looks and even comes with a rainbow lollipop and a dreamy cloud of pink cotton candy.
Delaware: Grub Burger Bar
Florida: Sugar Factory
The shop: Sugar Factory in Miami, FL
The milkshake to order: Bacon Cheeseburger Milkshake
Sugar Factory is the "go big or go home" type of restaurant with menu items like Monster Burgers and Insane Shakes. If you're craving a burger and a shake, why not combine them in one with the Bacon Cheeseburger Milkshake? Strawberry ice cream is blended with strawberry sauce and topped with a candied bacon strip, pretzels, and a mini cheeseburger. All of that comes served in a chocolate-, candy-, and pretzel-covered mug.
Massachusetts: Boston Burger Co.
The shop: Boston Burger Co. in Boston, MA
The milkshake to order: Cereal Killer
The Boston Burger Co.'s specialty shakes, coined as "Freak Frappes," are piled high with treats like cake, doughnuts, bacon, and toasted marshmallows. Try the Cereal Killer, which comes sprinkled with Fruity Pebbles cereal and a Rice Krispies treat.
Michigan: Brome Burger
The shop: Brome Burger in Dearborn, MI
The milkshake to order: Samoa Shake
When Girl Scout cookie season arrives, head over to Brome Burger for one of their frozen custard milkshakes like the Samoa Shake. Don't worry, there's plenty of other hand-spun milkshake flavors to choose from year round.
The shop: Holsteins in Las Vegas, NV
The milkshake to order: Frozen Grasshopper
The Bam-Boozled shakes at Holsteins certainly live up to the glitz and glam of the Las Vegas Strip. Try the Frozen Grasshopper, made with crème de menthe and Pinnacle chocolate vodka and topped with peppermint meringue, mini peppermint patties, a wintergreen candy stick, vanilla frosting, and mint chocolate chips.
New Jersey: Brownstone Pancake Factory
The shop: Brownstone Pancake Factory in Edgewater, NJ
The milkshake to order: Ultimate Mini Waffle Milkshake
The Brownstone Pancake Factory is a cafe, eatery, and juice bar, but don't miss out on the extravagant shakes like the Ultimate Mini Waffle Milkshake. Piled high with waffles and maple syrup, breakfast-lovers and dessert fans alike go crazy for the ultimate take on a breakfast shake.
New York: Black Tap
The shop: Black Tap, New York, NY
The milkshake to order: Sour Power
We couldn't do a milkshake list without including New York City's Black Tap. Known for burgers and crazy $15 shakes, there's something for everyone at this popular spot. The Sour Power is a menu favorite and includes Sour Gummi Poppers, a Pixy Stix, rainbow pop candy, a sour skewer, whipped cream, and Nerds. Kudos to you if you can power through the whole thing!
North Carolina: The Cow Fish
The shop: The Cow Fish in Raleigh, NC
The milkshake to order: Spiked Jim Bean Milkshake
Frites, shakes, and hot dogs are all on the menu at The Cow Fish. For the 21-and-up crowd, enjoy a famous house-ground flat-top seared 100 percent chuck burger with the Spiked Jim Bean Milkshake made with ice ream, caramel, and — you guessed it — Jim Bean bourbon.
Oklahoma: S & B's Burger Joint
The shop: Magpie in Philadelphia, PA
The milkshake to order: Cherry Almond Pie Milkshake
Philadelphia's artisanal pie shop, Magpie, makes all its desserts by hand with only the freshest seasonal ingredients. The Cherry Almond Pie Milkshake is a take on one of its most popular flavors and is topped with house-made whipped cream and, fittingly, a piece of pie.
Texas: The Peached Tortilla
The shop: The Peached Tortilla in Austin, TX
The milkshake to order: Chameleon Cold Brew-Infused Average Joe Shake
The Peached Tortilla boasts a menu of simple Southern comfort food with an Asian flair, so you can bet the dessert is as unique as the cuisine. Be on the lookout for pop-up events serving milkshakes and breakfast sandwiches. There, they serve special flavors like the Chameleon Cold Brew-Infused Average Joe Shake, complete with a whole glazed doughnut.
The shop: DLux in Madison, WI
The milkshake to order: Red Velvet Milkshake
DLux has a year-round selection of delicious and unique milkshakes, all made with Wisconsin's own Sassy Cow ice cream. The Red Velvet Milkshake is topped with a decadent red velvet cupcake, and the best part is, for just $3 more, you can make it boozy.