Dessert, Drinks

Thick Chocolate Milkshake

  • Prep 2 mins
  • Total 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 1

Calling all chocolate lovers! Enjoy this quick and easy milkshake recipe that is thick and creamy.

MAKE IT DAIRY-FREE: Use vegan ice cream for ice cream and oat milk or vegan creamer for whole milk.

TIP: If you would like your milkshake thinner, add 1–2 tablespoons of milk and select RE-SPIN. Process until desired texture is achieved.

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Thick Chocolate Milkshake Recipe

If you love the rich, creamy taste of a real, old-fashioned milkshake made with thick and indulgent chocolate ice cream, this thick chocolate milkshake recipe is for you. Thick chocolate milkshakes are made to be savored. 

They’re the perfect blend of luxurious sweet indulgences that can perk up your day or satisfy that insatiable late-night craving. Everyone loves them — kids and adults, alike. They’re quick, easy and so delicious. 

What Goes Into a Thick Chocolate Milkshake?

The combination of creamy, cold milk, rich and flavorful chocolate ice cream and a generous dollop of creamy whipped cream creates an amazing taste sensation that is truly hard to beat. This classic comfort food is super easy to make and requires just two ingredients and your Ninja CREAMi.

The key to making the best thick chocolate milkshake is using high-quality ingredients. Rich, full-bodied chocolate ice cream with real cocoa solids will give the shake flavor depth. For extra decadence, try using an indulgent dark or semisweet variety for strong cocoa notes in every sip. 

As for the milk, most types can be used — from whole fat and skimmed to lactose-free varieties. However, if you want a thick and creamy consistency that stays mixed well as you enjoy it, whole-fat milk is probably your best bet. 

Thick Chocolate Milkshake is Perfect for Almost Any Occasion 

There’s really no wrong way to serve a decadent chocolate shake. Best of all, you can totally customize it. Serve shakes in mason jars, old-fashioned glasses, mugs or disposable cups for easy cleanup. Thick and creamy chocolate milkshakes are amazing any night of the week. The best part is you don’t even have to leave the house for a bit of indulgence.

Movie Night

Going out for milkshakes is fun, but sometimes you just want to enjoy a yummy dessert at home. Thick chocolate milkshakes are a great addition to a movie night in with family. They’re also cheap to make — nothing is sweeter than saving money while enjoying dessert. 

Celebrations and Parties

Rather than the traditional cake and cupcakes for a celebration or party, why not serve milkshakes? You can add some fun with toppings or mix-ins for the best thick chocolate milkshake bar. Some great options are peanut butter cups, malted milk balls, cookie dough, brownies and caramel sauce. 


Hosting a brunch? Milkshakes aren’t just for dessert. They’re amazing with fresh fruit, pastries and pancakes. Chocolate milkshakes are bound to make your brunch unforgettable. For a twist, serve mini chocolate milkshake shooters with colorful paper straws. 

Game Night

Game night is better with tasty treats and snacks. Take your next game night to another level with these thick and creamy chocolate milkshakes.  


You don’t need a reason to enjoy a chocolate milkshake. Have one for dessert any night of the week or whenever you need to satisfy that chocolate craving. Feeling down? Chocolate shake to the rescue. Had a great day? Chocolate shakes to celebrate! 

Chocolate Milkshake Toppings

Chocolate milkshakes are a delicious treat that can be taken to the next level by adding toppings. You can make the shake your own by opting for your favorite toppings. 


Cherries are a classic topping to chocolate milkshakes and provide a perfect balance of sweet, tart flavor. The cherries’ bright red color stands out against the chocolate brown of the milkshake, making for a visually appealing presentation. Frozen or fresh strawberries are another great mix-in. Blend in strawberries for a chocolate-covered strawberry-flavored shake. 

Whipped Cream

For an extra level of decadence, adding whipped cream to the top of the milkshake is sure to please. The fluffy texture and sweetness from the cream pairs perfectly with dark chocolate, creating a smooth and creamy drink.

Caramel or Fudge

Caramel or fudge syrups are also popular topping choices for chocolate milkshakes. The rich syrup or sauce provides a thick texture that brings out the best in any chocolate-based dessert or beverage. You can make your own caramel sauce with basic ingredients you probably have on hand — water, sugar, butter, cream, vanilla, and salt. 


For those who prefer something with more of an herbaceous flavor profile, mint is an excellent choice for topping off a chocolate milkshake. 

Chopped fresh mint will add a cool note to contrast with the richness of the cocoa, while mint extract can provide even more intense flavor without being overly sweet. Another option is adding a scoop of mint chocolate ice cream to the milk before blending. 

Get Creative

There are plenty of other options when it comes to toppings for your chocolate milkshake — try sprinkles, cookie crumbles, candy bar pieces, marshmallows, chopped nuts or candied fruit for unique and interesting flavor combinations. 

You can try syrups like raspberry, coconut or even butterscotch syrup. Use white chocolate or dark chocolate syrup. There’s really no wrong way to make a delicious and decadent chocolate milkshake. With these delicious options you’ll never have an ordinary chocolate milkshake again — so experiment away!

How to Make a Thick Chocolate Milkshake 

Thick chocolate shakes are easy to make. Just pour in the ingredients, and the Ninja CREAMi does the rest. 


Q: How long can a chocolate milkshake last in the freezer?

A: A chocolate milkshake can last up to two weeks in the freezer, as long as it is stored in an airtight container. 

Q: What’s the best type of chocolate to add to a milkshake?

A: The best type of chocolate to add to a milkshake is semisweet or dark chocolate because they both have a robust, intense flavor that will stand out against the creaminess of the milk and ice cream.

Q: When were milkshakes invented?

A: Milkshakes were invented in the late 19th century, primarily by soda jerks at soda fountains.

Q: Were milkshakes originally shaken?

A: Originally, milkshakes were blended with hand-cranked blenders. Around 1950 electric blenders became commonplace and are now used almost exclusively for making milkshakes

Q: What is the most popular type of milkshake?

A: The most popular type of milkshake is a classic chocolate variety because of its versatility and ease of customization.

Q: How can you customize a chocolate milkshake?

A: To customize a chocolate milkshake you could use different types of chocolates like white or dark for an added layer of complexity or unique flavors like salted caramel for something more unique. It can also be topped with whipped cream and sprinkles for extra sweetness or chopped nuts such as pecans or almonds for a crunchy texture. You can mix in other ingredients like peanut butter, crushed cookies or pretzels.


  • Contains Milk/Dairy

Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Milk/Dairy

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Step-by-step instruction without your screen going to sleep

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate ice cream
  • 1/2 cup Hood® Whole Milk


  • Step 1

    Place all ingredients into an empty CREAMi™ Pint in the order listed.

  • Step 2

    Place pint in outer bowl, install Creamerizer™ Paddle onto outer bowl lid, and lock the lid assembly on the outer bowl. Place bowl assembly on motor base and twist the handle right to raise the platform and lock in place.

  • Step 3

    Select MILKSHAKE.

  • Step 4

    When processing is complete, add mix-ins or remove milkshake from pint and serve.