Mile-High Milkshakes

Here’s one more idea to add to your family nights at home: Host a build-your-own milkshake night, letting your little ones concoct a mile-high milkshake of their dreams (reminiscent of our dip-your-own-cone dessert night).

Allow their imaginations to run wild as they see how zany and tall their creations can get: Will it be a candy necklace wrapped around the glass, whole chocolate chip cookies lined up single file around a frosted rim, an entire doughnut straddling the straw, or a handful of cotton candy erupting from the top of the milkshake?

We love to pour our mile-high milkshakes into the tallest clear glasses we can find, like old-fashioned soda fountain glasses or sundae glasses, but any tall drinking glass will do. Take your milkshakes to new heights by using wooden skewers to stack and hold in place everything from brownies and fresh fruit to mini cupcakes.

three empty milkshake glasses with candy decorating each rim

One of our favorite aspects about this family activity is its fun comes in multiple parts, meaning you can not only have a blast blending the milkshakes and adding off-the-wall edible decorations, but you can make an event out of scouring the candy and baking aisles while grocery shopping with your kids.

Just remember: There are no rules when assembling these mega-shakes, as long as the ingredients are hand-picked by your kids and add to the over-the-top aesthetic. We’ve included ingredients for three of our favorite mile-high shakes, but let your kids mix and match and brainstorm their own combinations!

three tall milkshakes, each with whipped cream and candy decorating them

What You’ll Need:

Milkshake 1: Chocolate Chip Cookie Supreme Milkshake

  • 4 large scoops chocolate ice cream
  • ¼ cup milk
  • Icing to cover the rim of the glass
  • Cookie crumbles to cover the icing rim
  • 1 scoop chocolate ice cream on top (for height)
  • Whipped cream
  • 1 chocolate chip cookie for the top
  • Chocolate sprinkles

Milkshake 2: Candied Rainbow Milkshake

  • 4 large scoops vanilla ice cream
  • ¼ cup milk
  • Icing to cover the rim of the glass
  • Gumballs to cover the icing rim
  • Rainbow nonpareils to cover the icing rim
  • 1 large scoop vanilla ice cream (for height)
  • Whipped cream
  • Lollipop

Milkshake 3: Strawberry Delight Milkshake

  • 4 large scoops strawberry ice cream
  • ¼ cup milk
  • Icing to cover the rim of the glass
  • Rainbow sprinkles to cover the icing rim
  • Whipped cream
  • Cherry
  • 1 scoop strawberry ice cream on top (for height)
  • 1 Joy Sugar Cone
three tall milkshakes, each with whipped cream and candy decorating them

What To Do:

  1. If decorating the rim of your glass: Use a knife or small spatula to ice the rim of your glass and roll rim through edible decorations placed on a plate, or hand-place larger decorations onto the rim.
  2. In a blender, combine ice cream and milk, blending until completely smooth.
  3. Pour milkshake into glass and have fun decorating your mile-high milkshake!

Looking for more Joy-inspired creations to bring the family together? Follow our hashtag #BringJoyHome on Instagram.

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