Milkshake Ideas for Parties

If you're looking for a sweet way to end a special event, consider buying a milkshake machine that you can use during the festivities and after. You can find restaurant-quality machines that make homemade shakes just like you'd get at your favorite eatery. 

Milkshake makers from companies like DSL Northwest, Inc. are typically constructed of some type of metal, such as die-cast aluminum or stainless steel. Invest in one that features a commercial-grade mixing spindle with two agitators for the best results. Multiple speed options will allow you to adjust the thickness of the milkshake to you and your party guests' tastes.

Milkshake machines are versatile in that you can also use them for mixing other types of drinks, such as malts and smoothies, as well as pancake and cake batters. The machines feature housings of different colors, such as blue, red, pink, and yellow, so you can coordinate them with a specific event theme.

A do-it-yourself milkshake bar makes a fun and whimsical dessert option for a variety of special occasions and events, including bridal and baby showers, birthday parties, and even family holiday get-togethers. Supply vanilla and chocolate ice cream and then set up a buffet-style table filled with a mix of ingredients, such as chocolate candies, cookie dough, peanut butter, and fresh fruit.

Here are some traditional and creative milkshake ideas to get you started: 

1. S'mores Shakes 

Ideal for summertime soirees, s'mores milkshakes will remind party-goers of their favorite bonfire treats. Provide mini marshmallows or marshmallow fluff, graham crackers, chocolate chips, and chocolate syrup and allow guests to add as many toppings as they like.

2. Cake Batter Shakes 

Everyone knows that they can add cookie dough to milkshakes, but cake batter shakes are just as good. Guests can blend vanilla ice cream with milk and any type of cake batter and then top with rainbow sprinkles as a colorful touch.

These batter-flavored milkshakes are perfect for birthday parties where they can even take the place of traditional cakes. 

3. Mango Shakes 

If you prefer a lighter-tasting shake or are looking for a dessert for a tropical-themed celebration, you can't go wrong with mango shakes. Start with vanilla ice cream and milk and then add chunks of fresh mango. Guests can also blend in pineapple or any other type of fruit. Provide toasted coconut shreds for topping. 

4. Peppermint Shakes

Serve up a festive dessert at your next holiday party by providing guests with vanilla and chocolate ice cream and peppermint candy pieces. Top the milkshakes with whipped cream and crushed candy and serve with white-and-red-striped straws.