How to Make A Vanilla Milkshake that Will Excite Your Tastebuds

how to make a vanilla milkshake

I always loved taking the kids out for milkshakes. They're a fun and delicious treat to cool off on a warm Saturday night with your family. But as my family grew, so did the price. I knew I had to find the perfect vanilla milkshake recipe to make in my blender at home because going out was getting harder and harder to do. Can you relate?

It turns out that milkshakes are easy to make in your kitchen, and you don't need a lot of ingredients to make one. All you need is a blender and a few key components -- some of which you might already have in your kitchen. A good vanilla milkshake recipe is delicious on its own, but it also makes a great base for other drinks. That means you can take your vanilla milkshake recipe and fancy it up if you want. Drink it as is or adjust the flavor to fit your palate, so you get a delicious and personalized shake every time.

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Vanilla milkshakes are the basis of all milkshakes, after all, and the classics never go out of style. I've always enjoyed a good milkshake, and vanilla has remained a favorite of at least one of my crew.

What Makes a Good Vanilla Milkshake Recipe?

The base of every great vanilla milkshake recipe starts with ice cream and milk. The better quality ingredients you start out with, the better your milkshake will taste. Milkshakes aren't the time to skimp on calories. If you're going to enjoy a milkshake, make it a milkshake worth experiencing.

What Is the Difference Between a Milkshake and a Smoothie?

According to Ben & Jerry's, there are a few ways to differentiate between a milkshake and a smoothie. First, they give you a formula. A milkshake is a combination of ice cream, milk, and whipped cream. On the other hand, a smoothie consists of sorbet, yogurt, fruit juice, and fruit. Ben & Jerry's also suggested you look at the color of the drink. If it's bright and colorful, it's most likely a smoothie. If the drink has whipped cream on top, it's most likely a milkshake.

Although there can be some crossover on some aspects of milkshakes and smoothies, you'll find that the base of the milkshake is ice cream and the base of a smoothie is fruit.

Milkshake Thickness

Milkshake with whipped cream on top

The truth about the perfect thickness of a milkshake is that there is no ideal thickness. The thickness of your milkshake is a personal choice. Generally, you want the shake to make it up the straw without you hurting yourself, but you don't want it so thin that it's like milk. So, you want your milkshake to be somewhere between the two.

The perfect milkshake will be on the thicker side, and creamy. You don't want it as thick as the ice cream you added because it won't be able to travel up the straw to your mouth. When you pick your favorite vanilla milkshake recipe, if it doesn't turn out as thick as you like, add more ice cream. If it turns out too thick for your liking, add more milk. 

Remember, recipes are just a guideline, so you can customize them to fit your preference in flavor and thickness.

Vanilla Milkshakes Are Timeless

Vanilla chocolate milkshake

With all the flavors of milkshakes these days and the creative drinks you and restaurants can come up with, you might be wondering if we even need a vanilla milkshake recipe. The answer is, of course, we do. Vanilla is classic and timeless. Although some people might say vanilla is boring, or use the term vanilla to describe something plain, the truth is vanilla is plain delicious.

You can enjoy a vanilla milkshake on its own, or use your vanilla milkshake recipe as a base for any other flavor you want to mix in. It's hard to think of any other milkshake flavors which have that flexibility. 

Trendy milkshake flavors come and go, but you'll always see vanilla milkshakes on the menu of your favorite milkshake pitstop. Count on it. Sometimes it's best not to mess with perfection.

Health conscious people and those watching their weight might be wondering if anyone needs a milkshake at all. They don't really provide you with any essential nutrients, so why indulge?

To indulge or not

First, ice cream and milk are staples in not only a vanilla milkshake recipe but all milkshake recipes. That's a whole lot of calcium, and we need that. Do we need the fat? Well, not necessarily, but there's a second reason we need a milkshake.

Second, you have to treat yourself every once in a while, even and especially if you're watching your calories. Nothing is going to tank your diet quicker than completely denying yourself all the things you love. A vanilla milkshake may be just the thing to bring you up from a bad day. And that's okay, every now and again.

So, yes, indulge by blending up your favorite vanilla milkshake recipe. Then you can get back to your regularly scheduled program. Think of it as a commercial break. And who couldn't use a little break?

How to Create the Perfect Vanilla Milkshake

There are many vanilla milkshake recipes to choose from, and many of them get great reviews. This vanilla milkshake recipe from Genius Kitchen, though, has only positive feedback, so it might be the perfect recipe for you to start with at home. The most significant difference between other vanilla milkshake recipes and this one is the heavy whipping cream. That addition must make all the difference.

Keep in mind that you want to buy top quality ingredients because they will yield the best result. Here's the winning recipe for the perfect milkshake.

Kittencal's creamy vanilla milkshake

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • Two tablespoons sugar (or adjust to taste)
  • One teaspoon vanilla

In a blender, combine all ingredients starting with two tablespoons sugar. Blend until smooth. Pour into a tall chilled glass. Top with whipped cream and a cherry, if desired. This recipe serves one to two people and only take four minutes. Could making a milkshake be any easier?

How to Create a Healthy Vanilla Milkshake

Maybe you're concerned about the number of calories in a vanilla milkshake recipe, and you can't get yourself to enjoy your drink. If you can't bring yourself to drink a full-fat milkshake as is, there are ways to make it a bit more healthy.

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You could replace the ice cream with frozen yogurt to save some calories, and replace the whole milk with two percent, one percent or skim. You could ditch the cow's milk altogether and use almond milk instead. Replacing the sugar with a sugar substitute, like stevia, can cut the calories in your vanilla milkshake even more.

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Whichever ingredient or combination of ingredients you decide to replace, you have to realize it will change the consistency of your milkshake. The fat is what makes the shake think. If a thinner milkshake is okay with you, then play with replacing the ingredients with lower calorie options, and see what you get. As long as you're enjoying your creamy treat, that's all that matters.

Make a Milkshake You Can Enjoy

The next time you're in the mood for a creamy and delicious dose of vanilla goodness, pull out your trusty blender instead of going to the local soda shop. Gather the best of the best ingredients according to your vanilla milkshake recipe, throw them into the blender, and blend. You're only about four minutes away from a frozen treat you're going to love. Don't forget to chill your glass, pile on the whipped cream, and add a fancy straw. And if you want to adjust the recipe to fit your diet and your taste buds, go right ahead. It's your milkshake.

So, grab your family, get in your kitchen, start blending, and enjoy some vanilla goodness.

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