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14 Best Milkshakes Around Philly

By Danya Henninger
April 24, 2014
Photo by: Danya Henninger

Americans have been sipping on hand-blended milkshakes for more than a century, and they’re still the perfect indulgence to welcome spring. From chocolate and vanilla classics to creative cake-studded inventions, here are 14 ways to slurp your way to sweet, frosty happiness around the Philadelphia region.

  • Chocolate Salted Caramel Shake at Breezy’s Cafe

    Why You Want It: Three scoops of chocolate ice cream and two scoops of salted caramel ice cream from Trickling Springs meet whole milk from the same Chambersburg creamery in this 20-oz. decadence from the Point Breeze cafe.

    The Price: $5

    1200 Point Breeze Ave.; 267-858-4186

  • Carrot Cake Ice Cream Shake at Franklin Fountain

    Why You Want It: The suspender-clad soda jerks at the Old City shop might question your request for the special carrot cake “bisque” ice cream in a shake - it’s full of cake bits - but once you sip it blended with Longacres Dairy whole milk, you’ll know you made the right choice.

    The Price: $7.50 (16 oz.)/$8.50 (20 oz.)

    116 Market St.; 215-627-1899

  • Orange Creamsicle Shake at SquareBurger

    Why You Want It: You could get the famous Tastycake Cake Shake at this Stephen Starr shack in Franklin Square, but the April special blends vanilla custard with Stewarts Orange Cream Soda for a restorative treat that has just as much classic cred.

    The Price: $4.75

    200 N. Sixth St.; 215-69-4026

  • Cherry Jubilee Shake at Millie’s Luncheonette

    Why You Want It: You have your choice of more than 20 ice cream flavors and 25 toppings at this classic South Philly diner just off Broad, but the combo of cherry-vanilla ice cream, cherry syrup and crushed cherries is as refreshing as it is sweet.

    The Price: $5

    1441 W. Shunk Ave.; 215-467-8553

  • Photo by: Danya Henninger

    Butterscotch Bourbon Pie Shake at Magpie

    Why You Want It: Custard from the pie melds with Bassetts vanilla ice cream into something that’s more than the sum of its parts at this South Street West bakeshop, and the crumbs of crust are like reverse icing on the liquid cake.

    The Price: $8.50

    1622 South St.; 267-519-2904

  • Muddy Sneakers Shake at Joe’s Steaks + Soda

    Why You Want It: Just as satisfying as a cheesesteak at this favorite in the Northeast is the blend of white-chocolate ice cream, swirls of caramel and crushed peanuts. Definitely worth spoiling white kicks for - but you won’t have to.

    The Price: $5.35

    6030 Torresdale Ave.; 215-535-9405

  • Black and White at Charlie's Hamburgers

    Why You Want It: This no-frills burger stand in Delaware County makes shakes as traditional as its absurdly easy-to-eat patties. Served in the blender cup so you can pour your own, the half-chocolate, half-vanilla mix will take you back to your childhood.

    The Price: $4.80

    336 Kedron Ave., Folsom; 610-461-4228

  • Cioccolato Scuro Shake at Capogiro

    Why You Want It: It’s hard to resist getting a straight cup of the world-famous gelato when you’re in one of these four cafes around town, but the shake it makes has an allure all its own. Go for a deep, rich flavor like the ultradark chocolate and savor it in a million tiny sips.

    The Price: $6

    Multiple locations

  • Chocolate Salty Dog Shake at Moo

    Why You Want It: One of the best-sellers at this Bucks County burger and dessert joint is this combo of housemade salted toffee swirled into chocolate ice cream. Bonus: a portion of proceeds from the sale of these shakes goes to help rescue dogs in the area.

    The Price: $6

    4010 Durham Rd., Ottsville; 610-990-6267

  • Mint Chocolate Five Dollar Shake at HipCityVeg

    Why You Want It: Dairy-free shake-seekers will find their home at these vegan fast-food cafes, where chocolate soy ice cream and soy milk combine with spearmint syrup for this refreshing blend named after the drink in Pulp Fiction

    The Price: $5 (of course)

    127 S. 18th St.; 215-278-7605

  • Photo by: Danya Henninger

    S'mores Shake at Frankford Hall

    Why You Want It: You’re not allowed to roast marshmallows over the firepit at Stephen Starr’s Fishtown beer garden anymore, but once you try this shake, you won’t miss it at all. Milk blended with chocolate ice cream is topped with housemade whipped cream, a graham cracker and a chunk of classic Hershey’s chocolate.

    The Price: $4

    1210 Frankford Ave.; 215-634-3338

  • Photo by: Danya Henninger

    Mocha Shake at Bobby’s Burger Palace

    Why You Want It: Whatever you think of the burgers at Bobby Flay’s fast-food chain, the shakes are top-notch. New on the menu is this chocolate-coffee combo, so thick your straw will stand at attention as it waits for your mouth.

    The Price: $5

    3925 Walnut St.; 215-387-0378

  • Fair Shake at Shake Shack

    Why You Want It: Get a dual pick-me-up from the sugar in the vanilla custard and the caffeine in the extract made from organic, fair-trade arabica coffee beans at Danny Meyer's burger joint. It’s available at all three area locations: Rittenhouse, University City and King of Prussia.

    The Price: $5.50

    Multiple locations

  • Chocolate Overload Shake at Bassetts Ice Cream

    Why You Want It: Sippable chocolate cravings are best satisfied at the Reading Terminal Market stand for the local ice cream maker, where dark-chocolate chip ice cream meets brownie batter in an ultrarich blend with housemade whipped cream on top.

    The Price: $7.50

    45 N. 12th St.; 215-925-4315

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Places Mentioned

Magpie Artisan Pie Boutique

Sandwich Shop • Southwest Center City

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Capogiro Gelato Artisans

Ice Cream Shop • Washington Square West

Food28 Decor16 Service21 Cost$9
 
 
 
The Franklin Fountain

Ice Cream Shop • Old City

Food27 Decor25 Service24 Cost$10
 
 
 
Capogiro

Ice Cream Shop • East Passyunk Crossing

Food28 Decor16 Service21 Cost$9
 
 
 
Capogiro Gelato Artisans

Ice Cream Shop • Spruce Hill

Food28 Decor16 Service21 Cost$9
 
 
 
HipCityVeg

Vegan • Rittenhouse Square

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Shake Shack

American • Rittenhouse Square

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Capogiro Gelato Artisans

Ice Cream Shop • Rittenhouse Square

Food28 Decor16 Service21 Cost$9
 
 
 
Bobby's Burger Palace

Burger • Spruce Hill

Food24 Decor20 Service20 Cost$16
 
 
 
 
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