This fun Kid-Friendly Halloween Milkshake Bar is a fun treat to make with your kids this October! Build your own customizable DIY milkshake bar that your kids will love assembling, mixing AND topping!
I am happy to share that I partnered with Dairy Council of Florida to bring you this delicious Halloween treat!
Carving pumpkins has become a Halloween tradition in my house so I'm happy to say, this year, we've added one more!
My kids had a blast mixing up these milkshakes! Their favorite part was adding the toppings.
And everyone knows, when it comes to milkshakes, there are no rules. So my boys added as much sprinkles, whipped cream and chocolate sauce as their little hearts desired.
As for me, knowing they are going to eat their fair share of candy this Halloween I thought, what better way to incorporate something a bit more nutritious into the candy mix?
Little do they know, they're also getting some much needed vitamin D, calcium, potassium AND protein all in one spooky serving! It's a win, win!
Making a milkshake at home is SO easy, I don't know why we don't make them more!
This recipe is as simple as it gets with just two ingredients but can quickly become a bit more complex, especially if you have toddlers.
- Ice Cream- I like to stick with vanilla since it's the most customizable but feel free to use chocolate, strawberry, pumpkin, etc.
- Whole Milk- If you want a flavorful, creamy, thick milkshake, I recommend using whole milk as opposed to 2% or skim milk.
The milkshake possibilities are practically endless! You can use anything from your kid's leftover Halloween candy to their favorite cookies. Here are some suggestions that mix up well:
- Cookies- Try adding Oreo's, chocolate chip, graham crackers, wafers cookies, cookie dough or thin mints.
- Candy- The best candy mix-ins are going to be the ones that aren't too hard. I recommend Reese's, Snickers, Hershey's and candy corn.
- Other- Peanut butter, brownies, chocolate syrup, caramel, malt powder and marshmallows are great flavor boosters!
- Whipped cream- I suggest you make your own since the canned whipped cream does not last very long.
- Chocolate/Caramel sauce- They come in squeeze bottles which makes it very easy for kids to use. Try adding some chocolate or caramel sauce to these plastic syringes to make it more festive and hands on. Kids will love drizzling their own sauce!
- Nuts- Make sure to crush them prior.
- Chocolate Chips- You can purchase mini chips or use peanut butter flavored chips.
- Marshmallows- I found these cute Ghosts (below) at Walmart in October. Simply add black icing to make the eyes and mouth.
Getting The Right Consistency
Milkshakes are very simple however if the consistency isn't right, your shake won't be as indulgent.
To get the right consistency, first add your ice cream and half the recommended amount of milk. This way, you can always add more milk if it's too thick based on your ice cream.
If your ice cream is half melted, you won't need as much milk. If it's super cold, you may want to add a bit more to thin the ice cream out. If it's a certain brand, it may be thicker than others so keep this in mind.
To assemble your ice cream bar, all you need is a large platter or serving tray.
Here are some I recommend:
Round Plastic Serving Tray: This one is best for larger kid's parties since they're disposable and it also comes in a pack of 6.
Round Wooden Tray- This one has compartments to add candy and cookies.
Large Wooden Tray: This board has handles for easy transporting and edges to hold all the treats inside!
Retro Milkshake Mixer: This is a fun retro drink mixer that holds up to 28 ounces at a time. It is great for making individually customized milkshakes.
Blender: If you want to mix up multiple milkshakes at once, this blender is perfect holding up to 64 ounces.
Milkshake Straws: Milkshake straws need to be thicker so they're easier to drink! These are my favorite.
Halloween Straws: These are not as wide but are a bit more festive for Halloween!
Halloween Eyeballs: These are super fun for kids to add to their milkshake!
👻 Store your ice cream in a bowl over crushed ice to keep it nice and cold.
👻 Pre-scoop your ice cream for your kids if they're too young.
👻 Make your own whipped cream if you can and add it to a piping bag for kids to pipe themselves. Canned whipped cream melts quickly and doesn't taste as good. (You can make this in advance.)
👻 If your milkshake is too thin or watery, simply add more ice cream or mix-ins to thicken it up.
👻 Chill your milkshake glasses ahead of time to keep them nice and cold.
👻 Add in some food coloring to make spooky green or orange milkshakes.
You can but you will need to store your milkshake in the freezer for no more than 1 hour or it will freeze completely.
If you have a hand mixer, take one beater off and just use the other so it fits in a cup. You can also use an immersion blender or food processor if you need. If all else fails, use a whisk and large bowl and put those kids to work!
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Kids Halloween Milkshake Bar
- 3-4 scoops ice cream
- ¼ cup whole milk
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 tablespoon powdered sugar
- Make your whipped cream by adding heavy cream and powdered sugar to a mixer. Mix on high speed for 1-2 minutes or until the cream thickened and stiff peaks have formed.Do not overmix or it will turn into butter!
- Add your ice cream and milk to a blender along with mix-ins of choice and blend until smooth, thick and creamy. Add more ice cream if it's too thin and more milk if it's too thick to pour.
- Pour into a tall glass and pipe whipped cream over top or scoop a dollop with a spoon. Garnish with desired toppings and serve!