How To Thicken A Milkshake (Simple Methods)

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There is nothing better than thick and creamy milkshake, which means a thin and watery milkshake is a real problem! If your milkshake is runny don’t throw it away just yet.

There are a number of ways you can fix your watery milkshake and save your creamy treat.

A straw may be in the glass, but if you can’t fully enjoy a milkshake without using a spoon, it’s probably a safe bet that you like thick milkshakes best. Most milkshakes consist of two basic ingredients: milk and ice cream. While it’s worth experimenting with some of the many ice cream brands you can find at the store, there are a few ways you can thicken a milkshake. So get a fat, wide spoon ready for action.

Why is Your Milkshake Runny?

Milkshakes are made by combining ice cream and milk. The creamy fat content of ice cream is the key to a thick and delicious milkshake. Therefore, the most common culprit is too little ice cream (and too much milk) has been used to make your shake.

Another cause of a thin milkshake comes from using low fat milk. Whole milk will always lead to a thicker milkshake, all else being equal.

Now how do you thicken your milkshake? Read on for all the methods, including how to thicken your milkshake without more ice cream.

7 Methods for Making a Thick Milkshake

Use Whole Fat Ingredients

A milkshake made with whole fat milk and ice cream will produce a delicious and smooth shake.

Fat is what makes your milkshake thick and tasty so using low fat milk or low fat ice cream will result in a thin and more watery consistency.

When making milkshakes never use skim milk, it just doesn’t have enough fat to get the results you are looking for.

Add Ice

If you already made your milkshake and it’s runny and there’s no more ice cream to add grab some ice. Crush up the ice and add it to your shake and it will thicken it right up.

The consistency will be similar to a frozen cappuccino, so it’s a great option when you don’t have more ice cream.

Use Whipping Cream

Since whipping cream has a high fat content, it is a great way to add thickness to any milkshake.

Add a tablespoon at a time while stirring your milkshake until desired thickness is achieved.

Mix in Yogurt

Another great way to add fat, and make a milkshake thicker, is by adding full fat yogurt. Plain yogurt will not change your shake’s flavor but you can use flavored yogurt too!

Start by adding a tablespoon of yogurt while stirring and continue until your milkshake has reached the desired thickness.

Add Some Fruit

If you like a fruit flavored milkshake then grab some berries, mango, or any other fruit and blend it up in your milkshake. This not only adds some great flavor, but will thicken up any thin milkshake.

Use Chocolate Syrup

One of the easiest ways to fix a thin milkshake is by squeezing in some chocolate syrup (or your favorite flavor).

Because chocolate syrup is thicker than milk, it will add some heft to your milkshake. It’s also a great way to add even more flavor to your mixture.

Add More Ice Cream

The most straight forward method for thickening a milkshake is by simply adding more ice cream. A runny shake generally is too heavy on milk while having too little ice cream in it.

So add another scoop of ice cream if you have it on hand and your watery milkshake will be good to go.

Written by Liv

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