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Soda Shop Inspired Chocolate Milk Shake

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Soda Shop Inspired Chocolate Milk Shake

Anytime my mom and I would go shopping in the summer we would stop by a little 1950’s style soda shop called Carl’s to get a chocolate milk shake. This was the kind of place where the line would wrap around the building, was only open from March to September, and people would drive 2 hours just to get one.

While living a few hundred miles too far away to get a milkshake from Carl’s, I had to figure out how to make these delicious style milkshakes at home. Considering I don’t have a 1940’s stainless steel custard machine in my house, it’s impossible to create an exact clone of theirs – but it’s pretty darn close!


  • 3 large scoops of vanilla ice cream (double- churned or gelato works really well!), equaling roughly 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup of Hershey’s Chocolate syrup + 2 tablespoons (reserve)
  • Whipped cream for topping (and chocolate syrup, sprinkles, cherry…you get the idea)


In a blender, add ice cream and milk.

  1. Blend until well mixed and smooth.
  2. Add in vanilla extract and 1/3 of chocolate syrup.
  3. Blend until frothy.
  4. Pour in reserved chocolate syrup into the glass in a spiral, creating a swirl on the inside of the glass.
  5. Pour milkshake into the glass, top with whipped cream, and enjoy!


If a plain old’ milkshake isn’t your style, here are some fun variations to try!

  • Chocolate chip: add in 1/4 cup of chocolate chips
  • Nutella: reduce chocolate syrup to 1/4 cup, and add in 3 tablespoons of Nutella
  • Cookies n’Cream: Crush up 3-4 oreos. Pour in the cookie crumbles after blending in chocolate syrup. Pulse blend for 30 seconds. The Novice Chef Copycat Chick Fil A Milkshake: Cookie & Cream
  • Muddy Irishman (Chocolate and Irish Cream): Make our Kid-friendly Irish Cream and add in 2 tablespoons with the chocolate syrup!
  • Brownie Crumb: Chop up a brownie. Add in brownie chunks as a final step, pulse blending for 30 seconds
  • Chocolate Strawberry: Add in 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries with the ice cream and milk.


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About the Author: Yvonne Wonder

As the founder and managing director of Destination Sitters, LLC, a national hotel and event babysitting service, and the mother of two children, I strongly believe that family comes first. I personally needed babysitting when I moved to San Diego 14 years ago. Like most parents, I assumed there were standards for temporary babysitting; in reality, there are no state standards or licensing requirements for temporary babysitting. The idea for Destination Sitters was born! I wanted to Give Parents Peace of Mind® when traveling with their children, so I created strict screening requirements for the sitters we refer. There is nothing like the peace of mind that comes from getting great professional help to care for your children, especially when traveling away from home. I and my partners, along with our office staff, have that one goal in mind with everything we do. Through the years of working with children, I have been inspired to write three books, and this blog for parents’ and children’s wellbeing. I believe the best way to teach a child is leading by example, with love, honesty, integrity, compassion, perseverance, and personal responsibility. Learning these values and teaching children that all women and men are equal will encourage them to dream big to be anything they want to be! An entrepreneur for over 35 years, I previously spent years running a construction and design company with two offices in California and built million-dollar estates and remodeled existing ones. For three and half years, I was one of the primary designers on HGTV’s Curb Appeal. I have also been published in books, magazines and newspapers, and have been a featured designer in multiple showcase houses.

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