The Milkshake Taste Test: Shake Shack

With a name like Shake Shack, one would expect this place to serve the epitome of milkshakes. Or, people may think that it is a small little shack that serves milkshakes every now and then. As it turns out, Shake Shack doesn’t really fit the bill for either of these descriptions. Yes, Shake Shack serves milkshakes, but in my experience, people mostly flock for the Concretes- more closely in the Dairy Queen Blizzard or McDonalds’ McFlurry family. As someone with a jaw wired closed and unable to have such mix-ins, the Concretes were not why I had come to Shake Shack.

A few days ago I visited the Shake Shack location in Chinatown, D.C. to sample their shakes. I have eaten the burgers and fries before, and I have gotten their other ice cream drinks, but this time I was focusing on the shakes. I got a simple chocolate shake. Let’s see how it faired in my categories…

Kind of dinky looking.

Kind of dinky looking.

VALUE: 6/10  The shakes are $5.25 (25 cents more for the Flavor of the Week) which is not a bad price for a milkshake from a popular chain. But the shake is kind of boring, so I’m not sure the price accurately reflects what you end up getting.

SIZE: 5/10  This shake was much too small for the price and the hype coming from a restaurant whose name features this unremarkable-looking product.

FLAVOR VARIETY: 5/10  Shake Shack offers the Standard Three (Chocolate/Vanilla/Strawberry) plus four other regular flavors which are all pretty normal too: Black & White, Caramel, Coffee, and Peanut Butter. (Plus the special Shake of the Week flavor.) The flavor selection wasn’t very exciting or out of the ordinary. Meh.

DRINKABILITY: 10/10  Well, at least Shake Shack knows how to properly prepair a milkshake! This was exactly the right texture that a milkshake should be. It wasn’t soupy or too thick to drink through a straw. I was so pleased with how incredibly drinkable this shake was.

OVERALL SATISFACTION: 7.5/10  This shake was just so boring. It might as well have been something from McDonalds, although I guess the take-away from getting a shake from Shake Shack is that many fast food burger chains have similar milkshakes and maybe I shouldn’t have expected anything more. It wasn’t a bad experience though- just not what I was expecting. So much hype (from the name of the restaurant) and not enough to show for it. Oh well.

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