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Chocolate Milkshake Recipe

If you’re craving something smooth, sweet, and creamy, you just can’t beat a chocolate milkshake. After all, it’s classic and so timeless.

It’s the ultimate treat in summer, but you can whip one up any time of year!

Chocolate milkshake in a glass mug topped with whipped cream and straw.
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While any milkshake will do in a pinch, a chocolate milkshake is one of my favorites. 

Luckily, they’re just as easy to make as most other shakes. (Even easier than some!) All you’ll need are a few ingredients and a blender. 

Ingredients for Chocolate Milkshake

This is my favorite chocolate milkshake recipe to date. Here’s what you need for it: 

  • Chocolate ice cream – The base of any good shake is, of course, ice cream. Use chocolate ice cream for the ultimate in chocolate goodness. 
  • Whole milk – For the best shake, stick to full-fat milk. It’s the richest and most flavorful and will yield the best-tasting shake. You can use skim, 1% or 2%, if you don’t have any. 
  • Chocolate syrup & cocoa powder – These ingredients add even more chocolatey richness to the already chocolatey milkshake. I usually use Hershey’s syrup and whatever brand of Dutch-processed cocoa powder I have.
  • Vanilla extract – A simple flavor enhancer that’ll make the shake taste better. 
  • Garnishes – I opt for the traditional whipped cream and chocolate shavings garnish. I also typically add some extra chocolate sauce. You can stick to those or add something different. (Like strawberries and banana slices!)
Two glass mugs of chocolate milkshake topped with whipped cream dusted with chocolate

How to Make a Chocolate Milkshake 

There’s only a single step in this recipe: 

1. Make the shake! Combine all the milkshake ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Then, simply add your garnishes and enjoy! 

How to Thicken a Milkshake

Because this shake uses ice cream and whole milk, it’s usually pretty thick. If yours is too runny, there are a few things you can try. 

  • Add extra ice cream until you reach your desired thickness. 
  • Add ice cubes or a frozen banana to the blender and blend until smooth. 
  • Use 1/4 cup heavy cream and 1/4 cup milk instead of 1/2 cup milk. 
  • Reduce the amount of milk you add. 
  • Use fudge instead of chocolate syrup. 
  • Don’t over-blend the ingredients! 
Two mugs of whipped cream topped chocolate milkshake beside cookies and chocolates on a wooden table.

Recipe Variations 

Want to swap things up a little? Try one (or more) of these variations:

  • Use vanilla ice cream as a base. This shake has a lot of chocolate in it. If you find it too chocolatey for your tastes, start with a vanilla ice cream base. The cocoa powder and chocolate sauce will still yield a chocolate milkshake.
  • Make a vegan-friendly shake. Substitute vegan milk, vegan ice cream, and a vegan chocolate sauce. Because you’ll use plant-based ingredients, a vegan chocolate shake may be too thin. Check out the tips above for ideas on how to thicken it. 
  • Make it boozy. Add a couple of ounces of rum or unflavored vodka to the blender with the other ingredients. Just keep the milkshake away from the kiddos.
  • Give it a caffeine kick. For a mocha-flavored shake, replace half the milk with cold brew coffee. You can even add a chocolate-covered coffee bean garnish on top! 
  • No ice cream? No problem! Instead of ice cream, use two frozen bananas and a handful of ice cubes as the base. Then, add the other ingredients as directed. 
  • Mint chocolate chip, anyone? I love the combination of chocolate and mint. Use mint chocolate chip ice cream as the base for a chocolate mint shake. Then, instead of chocolate syrup, use a chocolate-mint syrup. Or, simply add a few dashes of peppermint extract. 
Two glasses of chocolate milkshake with straw topped with whipped cream.

More Milkshake Recipes 

Here are some other delicious milkshake recipes to help you beat the heat: 

Chocolate Milkshake



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This easy chocolate milkshake is impossible to resist! With just a few simple ingredients, you can enjoy this tasty treat in no time.


  • 2 cups chocolate ice cream

  • 1/2 cup whole milk

  • 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup, plus more for garnish

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Whipped cream for garnish, optional

  • Chocolate shavings for garnish, optional


  • Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Serve it immediately.


  • Use vanilla ice cream if it’s too much chocolate.
  • Use hot fudge instead of chocolate syrup if desired.
  • Make it vegan with your choice of vegan milk, ice cream, and chocolate sauce.
Chocolate Milkshake

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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

1 thought on “Chocolate Milkshake Recipe”

  1. I like to use chocolate milk and add heavy cream as well. I then use all the additions mentioned in this recipe with the further addition of cinammon and malt (chocolate ovaltine). Really delicious.


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