Easy Fresh Strawberry Milkshake


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There is nothing better than a fresh strawberry milkshake on a warm spring or summer day. Rich, dreamy, and delicious it’s a welcome respite on a hot day.

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Two fresh strawberry milkshakes with whipped cream and sprinkles garnished with a strawberry.

The Best Ingredients for a Fresh Strawberry Milkshake

Milkshakes are made with ice cream, that’s a well-known fact.. Definitely use your favorite brand in this recipe. Your favorite ice cream will make the best milkshake. Why? Because you like it!

  • Your favorite vanilla ice cream, low-fat and sugar-free will work too. If you make your own ice cream, using homemade vanilla will make for an amazing shake.
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Milk (I used 2% but feel free to use whole milk)
  • Vanilla Extract (I use Rodelle)
  • Whipped Cream (Make your own or use Reddi Whip)

Two empty milkshake glasses decorated with white chocolate and red sprinkles.

How do I decorate milkshake glasses?

Decorating the milkshake glasses should be the first step before making the milkshakes.

While you can use any type of glass, I use these glasses for most of the milkshakes I make because they remind me of a vintage ice cream parlor.

When I make my Best Oreo Milkshake, I use a handled mason jar glass, which would also work here. I find the more traditional parlor style to be more conducive to a pretty, decorated rim.

Here are the decorating steps:

  1. Have your red sprinkles in a bowl ready to spoon over the glass.
  2. Decorate one glass at a time as the white chocolate will set rather quickly.
  3. Melt the white chocolate chips according to the package directions with the shortening. Use fresh chocolate chips. Older ones will not melt as well. Trust me here.
  4. Working quickly using a small spatula, smear the melted white chocolate evenly around the rim of the glass. Make it as wide or as thin as you want. You can see I went with wide.
  5. Once you have a coat of white chocolate, spoon, don’t dip, the sprinkles over the glass, rotating the glass as you go along. Do this over the bowl so sprinkles fall into the bowl and you don’t make a mess.
  6. Once you have finished with the first glass, set aside and work on the remaining glasses. Allow the chocolate to harden before making the milkshakes.

Cut strawberries on a cutting board.

This is important!


Yes, I know it’s a short cut but I promise you there will be clumps of white chocolate in your pristine red sprinkles. 

You will get frustrated and the glasses will not look pretty. Trust me on this. Spooning the sprinkles is the way to go.

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What if I don’t have red sprinkles?

Honestly, you can use what you have but you can’t deny the red looks great with the red milkshake. If you have red nonpareils on hand, use those. Rainbow sprinkles that include red would be pretty too.

Milk, strawberries and vanilla ice cream in a blender.

Make the Strawberry Milkshake Recipe

A milkshake is very easy to make. What’s difficult is getting the right consistency, not too runny. 

When I make milkshakes I always put the liquid, in this recipe the milk, in the bottom of the blender. It makes the mixture blend better than having a solid next to the blades.

Add the beautifully red strawberries next, and then the vanilla extract.

Last, add the vanilla ice cream. Secure the lid, yes, I reminded you, and press blend. With your hand on the top of the blender. Yes, I reminded you again.

Blend until you have a thicker consistency. A fresh strawberry milkshake should not be thin and runny. If it is, add more berries and a bit more ice cream. Don’t add liquid.

While you could, technically, start with whole strawberries, I like to cut them in half. I think they blend better. The less you blend the mixture of ice cream, milk, and berries, the better.

I have two favorite ice cream scoops. The first scoop is easy on the hand for those with carpal tunnel or arthritis. My second favorite ice cream scoop is a more traditional, trigger style. Both of them get the job done and are durable.

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What is a Blog Hop?

What is the #FreakyFriday Blog Hop you ask? Well, it’s not the movie by the same name but I guess there could be some similarities if you’re familiar with the Disney movie.

A blog hop is when a group of food bloggers get assigned a blog from the group (secretly) and then choose a recipe to make from the assigned blog with regard to the theme or season. All of the recipes are revealed on the same day. The list of recipes and blogs is below and I suggest you check them out.  I mean, there are so many recipes that are perfect for spring and summer.

This is my second time participating in #FreakyFriday. My first recipe was chocolate overload cookies for the holiday event. My friend, Michaela, from the blog An Affair from the Heart, hosts and organizes these events and for the spring edition, I was assigned Brandi’s blog – Aunt Bee’s Recipes.

Other recipes I considered from Aunt Bee’s were this spinach, clementine, and feta salad, her no-bake cookies, and cream bars, and Nana’s easy lemon pound cake.

I settled on Brandi’s old-fashioned strawberry milkshake because I wanted to use our local Florida strawberries which were in season when I found it. My family raved about it!

A little about Brandi – she’s married and a mom to two kids. I feel connected to her because she has a cookbook collection, just like I do. Early in her marriage, she learned to cook and loves it.

A strawberry milkshake with whipped cream and sprinkles garnished with a strawberry.

See all of our 2022 Freaky Friday Spring Edition Recipes

  1. An Affair from the Heart – Blueberry Lemon Pull-Apart Bread
  2. Aunt Bee’s Recipes – Baked Asparagus with Parmesan
  3. The Carefree Kitchen – Carrot Cake
  4. The Culinary Compass – Dunkaroo Dip Recipe
  5. Devour Dinner –Fruit Charcuterie Board
  6. Family Around the Table – Fresh Strawberry Milkshake 
  7. Feast + West – Frozen Grasshopper Martini
  8. Home Cooked Harvest – Rocky Road Brownies
  9. Hostess at Heart – Honey Bun Cake
  10. Kathryn’s Kitchen Blog –Homemade Sour Cream Funfetti Cupcakes
  11. Off the Eaten Path –  Beer Margarita Recipe
  12. The Speckled Palate – Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Bourbon and Walnuts
  13. Sue Bee Homemaker – No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
  14. Take Two Tapas – Crab Dip
  15. The Wimpy Vegetarian – Texas Trash Dip Warm Bean Dip

Why We Love this Recipe

  • It’s thick and creamy just like a milkshake should be.
  • Using fresh strawberries gives lots of great flavors. After all, it is a fresh strawberry milkshake. Frozen berries will add some moisture that you don’t want.
  • A splash of pure vanilla extract really elevates the vanilla flavor.

Easy Fresh Strawberry Milkshakes

There's nothing better on a spring or summer day than an old-fashioned strawberry milkshake.
4.92 from 12 votes
Prep Time15 minutes
Setting Time for Decoration10 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Desserts and Sweets
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2


  • 2 1/2 cups of vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup of whole milk
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries halved
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the Decoration

  • 1/2 cup quality white chocolate chips I use Ghirardelli
  • 1/4 teaspoon vegetable shortening
  • Red sprinkles
  • Whipped Cream (I used Reddi Whip)


  • Before you want to make the milkshakes, melt the white chocolate chips and shortening according to the package directions.
  • Using a small spatula, evenly smear the white chocolate onto the milkshake glass and spoon sprinkles onto the chocolate before it sets. Do one glass at a time. Work quickly before it sets.
  • Allow to set for a minimum of 10 minutes. You can chill if you want.
  • In a blender, combine the ice cream, milk, halved strawberries, and vanilla extract.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

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