Everyone has their vices… some people smoke, some drink alcohol, and some eat to deal with everyday stress. I have to admit, my vice is food. And one of the best ways to deal with my stress, especially after having a particularly bad day, is by drinking my pain away. That means I usually will get a slushy, some sort of sweet tea or juice, or if I have had an especially horrible day, a milkshake or frozen coffee. Milkshakes, while high in caloric content, are so delicious that I have to indulge myself only occasionally, but when I do, the relief of a stressful day seems to literally melt away with each sip of the straw. Although I also must say, if I plan on having a milkshake, I won’t drive to the nearest fast food restaurant and order whatever they may have on the menu. Not all milkshakes are created equal, and I have certainly found a distinct difference in the quality of milkshakes from one food chain to the next.
I specifically remember that as a child, my Dad would take me to McDonald’s after a doctor’s or dentist appointment to give me a little treat. I always got the same thing; a chocolate milkshake and French fries… but the quality of both the French fries at McDonald’s as well as the milkshakes have gone considerably downhill. The French fries are only ever satisfying if I get them fresh, so if they’ve been sitting and are only slightly warm, they taste like cardboard, but if they’ve come hot out of the fryer, the salty goodness is palpable. But the chocolate milkshakes… they are not anywhere as good as I remember. Even with the change to “triple thick” shakes, the chocolate just tastes like syrup to me, and I really don’t like that in a milkshake. Although I will say that the addition of whipped cream and a cherry makes them slightly more appetizing.
I’ve never really been a big fan of the Wendy’s frosty. I suppose the frosty is technically a milkshake, but it is impossible to sip through a straw, so they are not very safe to consume while driving. The taste is fine, albeit a bit malt-ish, but the fact that they must be eaten with a spoon pretty much prevents me from seeking them out after a tough day. And I have to admit that I have never tried the Burger King milkshake. It isn’t that I’ve heard bad things about the milkshakes at Burger King… it’s that I haven’t heard anything at all. No news is not good news as far as I am concerned, and unless they abandon their current marketing focus of burgers and begin to make more of a concentration on milk shakes, I will continue to ignore Burger King as a candidate in my milkshake investigation.
Which brings me to my two favorite milkshake choices… you’ve been waiting for this, haven’t you? Of course you have, you want to go out and get a great milk shake! The first of my choices is my “back-up” milkshake. This is the cookies and cream milkshake from Chik-Fil-A. Though known for their chicken and (I must say) absolutely delicious waffle fries, Chik-Fil-A can spin out a surprisingly thick, creamy, satisfying milkshake. I most recently tried their cookies and cream milkshake, which was, of course, topped with whipped cream and a cherry. This milkshake literally left me with a smile on my face for the remainder of the day. The chunks of cookie in the shake were a pleasant crunchy surprise, and I did not have any difficulty drinking the shake on my drive home. Success!
I have to say, however, that my absolute favorite milkshakes come from Bruster’s. Bruster’s is an ice cream chain that makes fresh ice cream every day, and the best milkshake I have ever had was a chocolate cake batter… yes, chocolate cake batter milkshake from Bruster’s. It tasted exactly like raw chocolate cake batter, and was so delicious that I went back for several more that week. I’m sure it caused me to put on a few extra pounds, but they were well worth it. The one drawback with Bruster’s is that they are constantly changing their menu, so the guarantee of a certain flavor being available is slim, but they do take requests! Sadly, the Bruster’s near my home was inexplicably shut down, but there are other Bruster’s that I can travel to if I absolutely feel the need to have the best possible milkshake.
I have heard word from other members of my family that there are divine milkshakes at a various number of other restaurants and ice cream shops, which I will try at some point in my life. The milkshakes I have mentioned are merely my choices when seeking out a little bit of sweet liquid intervention.