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Vanilla milkshake in a glass cup with sprinkles around the rim.

The Best Vanilla Milkshake

How to make a vanilla milkshake, with tips and tricks for making the best shake possible. 
Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 7 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 1 to 2 milkshakes
Calories 257kcal
Author Tracy


  • 1 1/2 cups good-quality vanilla ice cream about 3 scoops, slightly softened
  • Scraped seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup milk * any percentage
  • Whipped cream optional for topping


  • In a blender, combine ice cream, vanilla bean seeds (or extract), and milk, and blend until pourable.
  • Pour into a glass, top with whipped cream if desired, and enjoy!


*Use 1/2 cup milk for a thicker shake, 3/4 for a thinner one.
This will make approximately 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups, enough for one restaurant-sized shake or two smaller ones. 
Approximate nutritional information is for two milkshakes. 


Calories: 257kcal