There's a new kid in town and it has upped the milkshake game. Black Tap Milkshakes have become world famous, as lines wrap around their New York City restaurant. People are waiting for hours to try their over-the-top creations. These are the ultimate work of art, as it elevates what normally is just ice cream and milk to another level of culinary stardom. The toppings for these famous milkshakes include anything and everything, from pieces of birthday cake to colorful cotton candy. It's Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory on steroids.
I am not flying to New York anytime soon, but I have been salivating over pictures of these milkshakes and knew I needed to figure out how to create them at home. By doing so, I can save $500 in airfare, 4 hours of my life standing in line, and $15 for one single milkshake. The challenge was on! I am not going to lie...I was nervous as I tried to figure out how to create them. They looked complicated and I wasn't sure how to make all of that sugary goodness stick to the glass. However, I never shrink from a cooking challenge and even though it was a big one, I am happy to report that there was success in the kitchen! Now, we can all go WOW some people.
Here are 5 Steps to Make Black Tap Milkshakes at Home:
- Use Frosting as the Glue. This is the most ingenious part of it all. Instead of everything being inside the shake, you create a masterpiece on the glass. Start by spreading frosting on the outside on the glass, about 1/3 way down. You can use canned frosting such as Betty Crocker or Pillsbury or make your own. I used canned frosting and it worked like a charm!
- Be Creative with your Toppings. If you want to a whimsical milkshake - go for cotton candy, Sixlet candy pearls, whipped cream, white chocolate covered pretzels, and a colorful lollipop. If you want a chocolate nirvana milkshake - go for M & M's, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Hot Fudge, Sugar Daddies or Caramels, and Whipped Cream. The sky is the limit! Once you choose your toppings, begin to lightly press them into the frosting. Then once your masterpiece looks perfect and before you add your milkshake to the glass, set it in the freezer for 3-5 minutes to set the toppings.
- Whip up that Ice Cream Shake. Using vanilla ice cream (or your favorite flavor), milk, and any favorite syrups such as chocolate or strawberry, put them in the blender and whip them up. Once it is ready to go, pull the cold glass out of the freezer and fill it almost to the top with the ice cream.
- Go Crazy with the Whipped Cream. Do NOT hold back in this area. This is another way to give structure to your shake as you add more toppings - so go for sky high whipped cream. Plus who in the world doesn't love whipped cream?
- Don't Forget to Over Accessorize. This is where over accessorizing isn't a faux pas. This is where your hot fudge, caramel, chocolate covered pretzels, cotton candy and all those glorious toppings come in. Drizzle the sauce on top of the whipped cream and carefully place the toppings on the whipped cream. Place a straw in it and it's ready to be devoured. Plus you can use that straw to gather the toppings from the side of the glass...you don't want to miss a morsel!
Hello, sugar coma.
- Ice Cream Shake:
- Vanilla Ice Cream or favorite flavor
- Whole Milk
- Optional Flavorings - Chocolate Caramel or Strawberry Syrup
- Salty Sweet Candy Bar Milkshake Toppings:
- Chocolate Frosting
- M & M's
- Peanut Butter Cups
- Chocolate Covered Pretzels
- Hot Fudge
- Pretzel Rods
- Twix or Sugar Daddies
- Spray Whipped Cream
- Colorful Straw
- Sugar Bomb Milkshake Toppings:
- Cream Cheese or Vanilla Frosting
- Sixlet Candy Pearls
- Cotton Candy
- White Chocolate Covered Pretzels
- Large Colorful Sucker
- Rock Candy Sticks
- Spray Whipped Cream
- Colorful Straw
- Spread frosting on outside of glass, going about 1/3 way down. Lightly press toppings onto frosting (M & M's, or Sixlet pearls). Place in freezer for 3-5 minutes to set.
- Meanwhile, make ice cream shake by adding ice cream of choice and whole milk and mix in blender. Add optional flavorings, if you desire. Pour into cold glass, filling almost to the top.
- Spray a generous amount of whipped cream on top. This will be the structure for the accessory toppings.
- Drizzle with toppings and carefully place them in the whipped cream. Top it off with colorful straw.