Shake & Float Recipes

Classic milkshakes are not hard to make, our tried-and-true recipes for vanilla, strawberry, or chocolate shakes can't be beat for ease and irresistible creamy flavor. We also have creative flavors; Oreo, s'mores, and peanut butter shake recipes are sure to shake things up in a good way.

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Malted Milk Shakes

Rating: 3.96 stars
Shake up your typical milk shake with a touch of malted milk -- it'll add an irresistible flavor that will make you feel transported to an old soda shop.

S'mores Milkshake

The frosty version of the campfire classic is bound to be hit on a hot summer's day.

Pumpkin Shake

A can of filling often yields more than what's required for a pie. That extra puree, however, is just enough to blend into a a delicious milk shake.

Brown Cow Float

Rating: 3.58 stars
This fun and delicious drink recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart Kids, Spring 2005.

Strawberry-Banana Tofu Shake

Soft silken tofu provides the best results for this drink. If you only have firm or extra-firm silken tofu on hand, however, you can add as much as a quarter cup of extra soy milk to achieve the desired consistency. To reduce the fat, use the lite variety.

Boo-Nilla Shake

Rating: 3.66 stars
These spirits may look frightening, but they're actually quite sweet. This eerie version of a vanilla milkshake is kid-friendly and absolutely delicious. And although you wouldn't want these spooks to haunt your house, they would be welcome at a Halloween get-together.

Creamy Orange Shake

No ice cream is required for this refreshing milk shake.

Strawberry Shake

Rating: 2.79 stars
You may substitute other fresh or frozen berries, such as blueberries or raspberries, for the frozen strawberries.

Banana Milk Shake

Rating: 3.46 stars
For a healthier version, you may substitute the ice cream for frozen yogurt or any other ice cream alternatives.From the book "Jamaican Cooking" by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Macmillan).

Black Forest Shake

Rating: 3.71 stars
An after-dinner drink for every age: Chocolate ice cream and cherries, blended into a thick milkshake. This frosty recipe comes from Stacy Pershall of Prairie Grove, Arkansas.

Orange-Vanilla Milkshakes

Rating: 3.2 stars
Barbara Lucas Olaguera, of Chula Vista, California, shares this drinkable version of a creamy orange ice pop.

Spotted Cow

These root beer floats use chocolate and vanilla frozen yogurt for a lightened-up spin on the classic beverage.

Inspiration and Ideas

Ice-Cream Sodas

Along with vanilla ice cream, fresh fruit and fruit compotes flavor these sodas.