I’m still debating whether or not Arby’s Jamocha shake performs as well as a cup of coffee. You get the great coffee flavor, though it is definitely not an overwhelming flavor–my mom, who loves the smell of coffee but can’t stand the taste of it, can enjoy a Jamocha shake. To make it even better, though, Jamocha gives you a generous serving of chocolate, right along with the coffee. And, especially nice on a hot summer day, it’s all blended with frosty cold cream and sugar. The Dairy Queen and Dunkin’ Donuts frozen coffee drinks are really good (especially Dairy Queen’s, if you ask me), but there’s something about a straight-up milkshake that just takes the cake, every now and then.
We frequently get coupons from Arby’s in our weekly circular (i.e., a newspaper-style mailing of advertisements for local companies, sometimes with coupons to suck you in), and there’s often a coupon for a 99 cent small shake. Jamocha is the trademark milkshake at Arby’s, but they do offer other flavors, including some kind of orange cream, sometimes. Just a couple days ago, as a matter of fact, I swung through Arby’s drive-thru to pick up one of those 99 cent Jamocha shakes for my husband. He was working on some calculations, and the shake had just the right blend of sugar and caffeine to help him wake up and tide him over until dinner was ready. Gotta love it—you can sneak in a Jamocha shake and still not exceed a “one cup a day” coffee limit! For our family, that’s an important point….
Generally speaking, despite a minor tendency toward addiction where chocolate is concerned, I’m not especially a fan of chocolate milkshakes, although, every now and then, I get a hankering for a Wendy’s Frosty. The Jamocha shake is a great blend based with chocolate, though, and I think the coffee facet must be the redeeming factor that makes me willing to go for a Jamocha milkshake pretty much any time—no craving required. Because of that fact, it’s a good thing that the closest Arby’s is about ten minutes away, in a direction we don’t usually go. Otherwise, with the convenience of the drive-thru, I’d probably use up every single one of those 99 cent coupons and keep going anyway, especially during the summer.
Once the summer is over, and we’re into the colder months, I’ve always regretted the closing of places like Rita’s and some Dairy Queen locations. Thankfully, there are places like Arby’s and Chik-Fil-A that are open year-round, with milkshakes always available. Granted, not everyone craves ice cream based treats when it’s 10 degrees outside, but sometimes, a milkshake is the only thing that really satisfies!
I still think that Chik-Fil-A’s Coffee Caramel milkshake is the best coffee-related milkshake out there, but when there are no Chik-Fil-A locations within a 20-mile range, the Arby’s Jamocha milkshake stands in pretty well as a substitute, especially since our local Arby’s distributes coupons on a regular basis!