The Best Fast Food Milkshakes

Jill Caren

The milkshake is a staple of American fast food. Sweet, thick and creamy, it’s the perfect addition to most meals, including burgers, fries, hot dogs …

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The milkshake is a staple of American fast food. Sweet, thick and creamy, it’s the perfect addition to most meals, including burgers, fries, hot dogs and pretty much anything else! You really cannot go wrong with a tasty milkshake to wash down your favorite fast food.

While you can easily make your own milkshake at home, the fact of the matter is that they taste so much better when someone else makes it for you. In fact, the best tasting milkshakes happen to be the ones that you can purchase right at your local fast food place. 

That raises a very good question though – who makes the best fast food milkshakes?

Not only that, but there are so many different recipes that are unique to different types of restaurants and fast-food locations. From the flavor to the thickness, to the texture, some milkshakes are to die for. It is no wonder why they are such a classic American staple. 

There are plenty to choose from, as shakes have become part and parcel of most eateries. You can find countless flavors and methods of making the shake, not to mention all types of toppings and mix-ins.

 Now that we have peaked your tastebuds with one of our culture’s favorite treats, its time to narrow down the list of some of the top fast-food restaurants that offer the best milkshakes. Let’s get started, and don’t forget to let us know what you think about our list at the end!


Referring to yourself as America’s drive-in is a bold claim, but Sonic has definitely earned that on their milkshakes alone!

Sonic’s shake selection is perhaps one of the best out there. They have countless variations of shakes, from their thick and creamy classics to their mouth-watering master shakes.

You can find quintessential flavors in their classic range including strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, banana, not to mention more exotic offerings like pineapple or peanut butter.

Master shakes feature premium ingredients for a truly decadent shake that is just a delight to drink. Some of the creative flavors like coconut cream pie or strawberry cheesecake will be hard to find anywhere else and are a must-try for milkshake lovers.

 Chick fil A

While best known for their delicious fried chicken, Chick fil A has some seriously overlooked milkshakes on their menu! Very much a classic American shake, Chick-fil-A’s shake selection only has four flavors to choose from – but that’s all you need.

Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry are essential flavors, but they really knock it out the park with their fantastic cookies and cream shake.

Made with their heavenly soft serve ice cream or Icedream, these shakes are rich and creamy, and topped with a generous whipped cream. You can’t forget the all-important cherry on top either!

Dairy Queen

Considering they pretty much invented popular soft serve, it’s no surprise that Dairy Queen makes a mean milkshake. Featuring that trademark soft serve ice cream, Dairy Queen has some incredible shake flavors available.

The have classics you would expect, but flavors like cherry really hit that sweet spot. These shakes are some of the creamiest you are likely to taste, which is just one of the many reasons we love them so much!

If you really love the milkshakes at Dairy Queen, then be sure to keep an eye out on your weekly mail. There are usually great promo codes and coupons you can take advantage of top snag great deals on the Dairy Queen milkshake. 


The iconic Frosty dessert from Wendy’s is one of the most indulgent shakes out there. In fact, it could be argued it’s more of an ice cream dessert than an actual shake, but it does come in a glass with a straw so that must make it count!

Granted they only come in two flavors, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t utterly fantastic! You can’t go wrong with a classic vanilla or chocolate shake, which is exactly what Wendy’s has perfected.

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