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Milkshakes. They really do bring all the boys to the yard.
Over the summer, all eyes were on Australia, where monster mugs of the stuff were snapped with towering toppings, such as doughnuts and waffles.
Now, despite winter’s chill, New York City restaurant Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer’s “crazy shakes” — piled high with over-the-top accoutrements ranging from birthday cake to lollipops, and dripping with fudge and edible pearls — bring not just boys but girls, grandmas, and food bloggers to line the sidewalks outside and wait for a slurp of the extreme.
Instagram pictures of the must-see-to-believe beverages have since gone viral.
“The best part is seeing the faces, especially little kids — they come in here and it’s like they’ve gone to Disney World,” Black Tap chef and co-partner Joe Isidori told Yahoo Food of the response to his sweet sensations.
Isidori estimated it takes 10 minutes to prepare each crazy shake order, which can include almost a dozen components to construct.
“I’ve never counted how many pieces of candy there are. It’s just kinda like, it is what it is,” he said. “I’d say there can be up to 10 elements in each shake.
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For those unable to schlep to the Big Apple for a shake date, we’ve gathered the following additional tips for constructing your own epic sip at home:
Pick the Right Vessel
“First off, look for a tall, heavy bottomed glass,” said NYC-based food stylist Charlotte Omnès, who has focused her career around making meals look amazing. “Something with a ‘foot’ is helpful because you are going to be stacking it high and need something that can stand up to how much garnish you are about to put on top.”
Choose Your Flavor Inspiration
"Go with the flavors you love. For our Cookie shake we blend chocolate chip cookies in the milkshake, for our Cotton Candy shake we use strawberry ice cream, for the Sweet ‘n’ Salty version I like a peanut butter base,” Isidori said.
Next, find toppings that will complement the base of the shake.
“Look for items that enhance or emphasize the goodness you already have going on in the ice cream,” said Omnès. “Possible ingredients might include: fancy chocolates and candy bars, donuts, cupcakes and other pastries … a few meringues or jumbo marshmallow … Who’s to say your milkshake can’t have an eclair with a side of French macaron?”
In other words, whatever you think might be a great combo goes.
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Stabilize the Structure of Your Insane Shake
“What most people don’t realize is that we line the outside of the tulip glass with cake icing and that’s what holds everything together, that’s the glue,” said Isidori. “Go to the supermarket, buy some Pillsbury or Betty Crocker frosting and smear some all over the glass.”
Meanwhile, Omnès likes to build her monstrous sips from the inside.
“Buy long bamboo skewers, at least an inch or more, taller than your glass,” she advised. “Skewer your garnishes, then fill the bottom of the shake glass with one scoop of your favorite ice cream. What’s important here is that you establish a hard base for your skewers to stick into. Then pour the rest of the milkshake on top.”
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Or, Just Do It Quick ‘N’ Dirty
If all of that seems too labor intensive, you can just use ingredients you probably already have around the house.
“How about a s'more shake?” suggested Los Angeles stylist and culinary producer Brianna Beaudry Blagg, whose clients include Food Network, E! and Knopf Books. “I’d create a graham cracker rim, swirl chocolate sauce down the inside of the glass, then scoop marshmallow fluff between layers of vanilla shake. Top it all off with whipped cream, a s’more sandwich and a cherry, of course.”