Old-Fashioned Vanilla Milkshake Recipe

Do you ever wish you could re-create diner days at home with a thick and creamy old-fashioned milkshake? Even though you probably don't have the nostalgic metal mixer cup for putting the extras in, you can easily whip up a delicious vanilla shake in less than 5 minutes at home. Recipe developer Miriam Hahn brings us this recipe for an old-fashioned vanilla shake, and says, "My favorite thing about this recipe is how rich and creamy it is, and how you only need a few ingredients to make it."

You might wonder when the best time is to serve up a vanilla shake? Hahn tells us they make a perfect afternoon treat on a hot summer day, or for an afternoon home movie day. We think they pair nicely with this Shake Shack classic cheeseburger recipe or homemade fries. Bring out the tall glasses and straws — it is shake time!

Gather the ingredients for the old-fashioned milkshake

To make this recipe, you'll want to head to the freezer section of the store, and grab a tub of vanilla ice cream. You may be there awhile because in today's world, we have lots of choices in this aisle. You will find vanilla ice cream made out of whole milk, oat milk, coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, or cashew milk to name a few, and all would do nicely for this recipe. You will also need some milk, vanilla extract, a spray can of whipped cream, or homemade if you feel fancy, and naturally some sprinkles.

Blend the ingredients

Pull the ice cream straight from the freezer; we want it as firm as possible to achieve that thick consistency. Hahn says, "If you let it soften first, you can end up with a thin milkshake that is more on the melty side." Add the ice cream to the blender, along with the milk and vanilla. Blend on high for at least 1 minute. Hahn says you may need to use the tamper tool that comes with some blenders to get the mixture moving.

Add the toppings, and serve

Once the mixture is thick and creamy, pour it into 2 tall glasses. Then, top with whipped cream, and your choice of sprinkles. It's time to enjoy your old-fashioned creation, and you won't believe how delicious it is. You'll be re-creating diner days all summer long. 

Old-Fashioned Vanilla Milkshake Recipe
5 from 53 ratings
It's hard to beat a great milkshake, and this old-fashioned vanilla milkshake recipe is sure to become a summertime favorite.
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vanilla shakes with straws
Total time: 5 minutes
  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons whipped cream, for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate sprinkles, for garnish
  1. Add the ice cream, milk, and vanilla to a blender, and blend on high for 1 minute.
  2. Add the whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles on top. Serve immediately.
Calories per Serving 663
Total Fat 34.0 g
Saturated Fat 20.8 g
Trans Fat 0.0
Cholesterol 131.8 mg
Total Carbohydrates 75.2 g
Dietary Fiber 1.8 g
Total Sugars 69.0 g
Sodium 264.3 mg
Protein 13.2 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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