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Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Milkshake makeovers

A classic creamy milkshake is a childhood favorite but these cool creamy desserts can go beyond just chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry flavors. You can make extra special milkshakes with a variety of flavors and you can even make a fun adults only version. Get creative with the classic shake and enjoy a delicious and chilly treat.

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Quick tips for making milkshakes

There is more to making milkshakes than just ice cream and milk, but your choice of ingredients can make a difference between a good shake and a great shake.

Milkshake tip #1: Go full-fat

The first rule to follow when making a milkshake is never use low-fat anything. Whole-fat milk and ice cream work best in creating the creamiest shake. And if you're counting calories, just keep in mind that indulging every once in a while is good for the soul.

Milkshake tip #2: Think consistency

For a thicker, creamier milkshake, use more ice cream and less milk. Want it a little thinner? Add more milk.

Milkshake tip #3: Give it flavor

Instead of sticking with the classic vanilla or chocolate milkshakes, venture into other flavors of ice cream for a fun and tasty change. For extra flavor, add a flavored syrup. For example, up the chocolate intensity of your chocolate shake by adding a shot of chocolate syrup, or make a pumpkin vanilla shake by adding a shot of pumpkin pie spice syrup to your vanilla shake. You can even add coffee (cooled, of course) to espresso ice cream for a double espresso shake. Other yummy additions include fresh fruit, fruit purees, nut butters and finely chopped cookies or candy. For the adults, add rum, amaretto, or another flavored alcohol of your choice.

Milkshake tip #4: Garnish creatively

Whipped cream and a cherry on top is a classic way to top off a milkshake but there are many other delicious ways to garnish your creamy dessert. Whipped cream is a given, of course. Creative garnish ideas include: An apple slice for an apple pie shake, chopped almonds for an almond butter shake, or dark chocolate shavings for an espresso shake.

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