Sara's Tiny Kitchen
by Sara's Tiny Kitchen
2 shakes
10 min

Edited: a lot of the comments are "where's the coffee?" The ice cream used is coffee ice cream, which is where the coffee flavor is coming from.

Coffee Milkshakes – because most of life’s problems can be solved with coffee and ice cream.

A decadent but super easy summer treat, this coffee milkshake combines two of your favorite things: coffee and ice cream!

We are in the thick of milkshake season here, people! And not only that, but today, July 26th, is National Coffee Milkshake Day, and I absolutely couldn’t let this gem of a holiday pass without celebrating it properly.

Milkshakes are one of those things that I LOVE to order when I’m out and about, but almost never make for myself at home, which is crazy because they’re SO easy to make. All you need is milk, ice cream and a blender, and you’re basically good to go.

And I don’t know about you, but it’s been 90 degrees here recently, and the very last thing I want to do is turn on my oven, so this dessert that can be made without that is pretty much perfection.

Tips for making the best milkshakes ever

As I said above, homemade milkshakes are incredibly simple. Just throw all your ingredients in a blender, and let it do the work for you. That being said, there are a few things to keep in mind if you want the best milkshake experience at home.

Use good ice cream – for milkshakes I prefer either Hagen Dazs or a local brand called Graeters. Making milkshakes are a great way to support your local dairy, too. This dessert is all about the ice cream, so starting with high quality there is going to give you the best shakes ever.

Use whole milk – you’ll just get a creamier overall texture with the fat content from whole milk versus 2% or lower fat milks.

Use less milk – for a good thick milkshake, you don’t want to use too much milk. Always start with less than you think you’ll need. You can always add more, but you cant take it out once it’s in there.

Top with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle – is it even really a milkshake without whipped cream and chocolate drizzled on top?

Use good mix ins – this shake doesn’t really call for any mix-ins except for milk powder (which is optional) but when using mix-ins, use the highest quality ones you can afford.

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Recipe details
  • 2  shakes
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 10 min
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Coffee Milkshakes
  • 1 pint of Hagen Dazs or other high quality COFFEE ICE CREAM
  • 1/2 -2/3 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoon milk powder (optional)
  • Whipped Cream (optional)
  • Chocolate Syrup (optional)
  • Mini Chocolate Chips (optional)
To Make Coffee Milkshakes
Let the ice cream soften for 5 minutes on the counter.Chill your milkshake glasses while making the shakes.
Pour 1/2 cup of the milk into a blender. Add the milk powder and ice cream.
Start on the lowest speed, and slowly increase the power until the milkshake is blended but still thick.  Stop the blender, and scrape down the sides if necessary. Use a spoon to taste and make sure the consistency is right. 
Keep mixing, adding a little more milk at a time if needed, until you reach desired consistency (thick but flowy, sort of like lava).
Drizzle chocolate syrup into your glasses, then add the milkshake. Top with whipped cream and more chocolate syrup.
  • This shake is very rich so the serving sizes are small. You could easily double the recipe if desired.
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  • Karen Moriarity Karen Moriarity on Jul 30, 2021

    Where's the coffee? Instant coffee or cold brewed?

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    • Garnett Garnett on Aug 04, 2021

      The coffee flavor is in the ice cream.

      and it is so good.

  • Bwa34533263 Bwa34533263 on Jul 30, 2021

    Guess you don't need to be in your 80s (like me) to forget some essential ingredient!

    • Mmc20880773 Mmc20880773 on Aug 03, 2021

      What did she forget? I read Haagen Daz or other high quality coffee ice cream.

      Milk, syrup, chocolate chips. I'm 79 so don't feel bad. Age is just something to keep the records straight.