The scoop: an overview of the milkshake

As icy messes retreat from yards in Arkansas in the spring, another type of icy mess draws people into the yard: milkshakes. This particular roundup of half a dozen central Arkansas milkshake options was brought to you by a fractured tooth, but with warmer weather on the way, don’t wait for a dental emergency to give to some of these milkshakes a good shake:

Kilwin

Price: $$$

Consistency: Smooth

Flavors: All ice cream flavors available

Spoon requirement: Optional

Kilwins has a very solid milkshake, but not literally. It has a thinner, icy consistency that’s definitely not too much for a straw. They even throw in a squirt of whipped cream with a cherry on top, as is the fashion, although that’s a superfluous gesture if your milkshake is on point, like this. They also fill their cups nicely into the plastic dome on top. They’ll make you a milkshake in any of the ice creams available – except for their lemon and raspberry sorbets, which Kilwins combines with lemon-lime soda to become a “cooler”, and something that is on our list to try once the temperatures break 100. Catering primarily to River Market tourists, Kilwins is certainly convenient if you live or work downtown, but you pay the price for convenience. Sweet and chocolatey convenience. Sask.

purple cow

Price: $

Consistency: thick

Flavours: Wide variety

Spoon Required: Set

We’re generally not in the market for purple milkshakes. In fact, the idea of ​​a purple milkshake sparked fear because our perception of the flavor associated with the color purple is that of sweet grapes. (Grape ice cream, yes. Grape dairy, no.) But Purple Cow’s purple milkshake is creamier vanilla at its best. Add crushed Oreos and caramel and you won’t be disappointed. Presentation is 10/10. The shake is served in a pretty Sundae glass and is topped with whipped cream, rainbow sprinkles and a cherry. And the metal milkshake tin served next to it has enough shake leftovers to refill your glass. And if the kids are blowing you into their straw wrappers, there are a variety of adult shakes to lighten the mood, such as the White Russian, Irish Coffee and Grasshopper. BC

The Original Scoop Dog

Price: $$

Consistency: Smooth to fine

Flavors: Myriad

Spoon Requirements: Optional

The Original Scoop Dog, known for its frozen custard concretes and specialty hot dogs, also makes a mean shake. In keeping with the theme, they are mostly named after our canine friends (The Good Old Beagle, The Golden Retriever, The Standard Poodle) but when I stopped by the window I had no idea what I was doing. After a long Q&A with the friendly employee working the window, I settled in with a “Birthday Cake” shake. Tastes like it looks like it: a birthday party cake in drinkable form. Delicious. This shake is drinkable through a straw, or you can sip it straight from the cup, however, the thick scoop of birthday cake frosting floating on top will need to be eaten with a spoon or spread over a brownie. Cash only. RB

black angus

Price: $$

Consistency: Smooth to fine

Flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Peanut Butter

Need a spoon: none

Black Angus’ return to Midtown Little Rock has caused a lot of ruckus among nostalgic Little Rockers, but with all the talk about his burgers, we’ve never heard a word, for or against, about a milkshake scene. BlackAngus. Then, more recently, the Black Angus marquee in Markham and Fair Park displayed a humble but provocative message: “We have milkshakes. Game on. Like its burgers — and all the Black Angus vibe — this smooth milkshake is a bit of a throwback to the mid-20th century, to a time when “burgers and shakes” were more of a pair thing. Unsurprisingly, the Black Angus milkshake goes well with food, especially burgers and fries. There’s no waiting for this shake to dilute in the heat; it’s ready to go. It was perhaps the most drinkable and lightest of the shakes we tried. It’s easy to imagine people knocking over a few over the course of a night, say, while listening to KAAY and cruising Main Street USA in a muscle car. Sask.

Loblolly Creamery

Price: $$$

Consistency: Medium

Flavors: As many as they have ice cream flavors

Need for a spoon: it depends

A hitherto unrecognized gap in our milkshake knowledge came with Loblolly Creamery. Do they even make milkshakes? They have to, right? But if they do, how could we not already know? It turns out that part of the confusion came from the unavailability of milkshakes in their mobile ice cream truck, where we do at least a third of our Loblolly’s trade. It apparently takes a lot of electrical power to make a milkshake, my friends. But the good news is that they make them in the flagship store on South Main Street, and they’ll make them from any of the glorious flavors available at Loblolly. But we can only assume that any flavor other than Little Rocky Road is glorious – once we discovered it, we’ve rarely been so lavish with our Loblolly ice cream dollar to venture beyond. So it shouldn’t have been surprising that we thought Little Rocky Road was an exceptionally complex milkshake: creamy and smooth throughout the first half, with the biggest chocolate chunks and marshmallows eventually falling into the lower half, like so many stones in a stream of chocolate for a crunchy finish. Sask.

Big Orange

Price: $$

Consistency: Smooth Goldilocks

Flavours: Over a dozen

Spoon requirement: Optional

Here’s a master shot: take your adult professional self to Big Orange, solo. When the host asks if you’re here for a takeout order, tell them no. Look him straight in the eye and tell him you’re here for a milkshake and you’ll be sitting at the bar. Big Orange offers alcoholic beverages for adults, but these are best reserved for endless family outings. Establish dominance on your side of the bar by ordering the vegan strawberry shake with a frilly, showy mound of coconut whipped cream on top. Your order makes a statement: you’re a sophisticated adult who appreciates local, seasonal produce, and you also possess the awareness that the full-octane dairy version would give you a stomach ache. Big Orange blends over a dozen shake flavors that stay on offer year-round, and five of them are available in vegan versions for the mature digestive system. Their Chocolate Fudge Cake Shake has an entire piece of cake artfully pushed into it, its tidy layers exposed through the clear plastic cup. They also have the perfect consistency, thick enough to be served with a spoon but thin enough that you don’t need them. Let the bartender know you’re ready for your tab by slurping up the last drops. Being an adult means you can drink milkshakes whenever you want, no one is stopping you. A B

Sonic

Price: $$

Consistency: thick, but drinkable

Flavors: Many

Spoon requirement: Optional

Sonic is perhaps second only to Dollar General in its aggressive ubiquity in virtually every small town across the state in recent years. And, it must be said, there is a reason. If familiarity breeds contempt, that contempt didn’t find its way into Sonic’s Frozen Dairy Delights, at least for us. The Sonic milkshake had a thickness at the base, but it was easy to find a purchase through a simple straw; no spoon needed. The large size is indeed big and full to the brim. (We’re looking at you, Wendy.) The plastic dome was filled with a cherry and a ration of whipped cream which, while unnecessary, made a nice mix once we were able to make room in the cup; which didn’t last very long. While whipped cream and cherry are standard, there’s also a long list of add-ins that more adventurous milkshake drinkers can try, if lily gilding is your thing. Sask.

Wendy’s

Price: $

Consistency: thick

Flavours: Chocolate, vanilla

Spoon Required: Set

Wendy’s venerable chocolate Frosty has been around since the international burger chain began over 50 years ago, not finally adding a vanilla option until the early 2000s. Food philosophers may want to be debating where this “frozen dairy dessert” lands on the ice cream milkshake continuum. By offering consumers both a straw and a spoon with purchase, Wendy’s isn’t discouraging delicate debate. Ours, from a location on West Markham, actually had the look and texture of being pre-soaked and placed in a freezer sometime before ordering. So unless it’s really hot outside or you’re letting your Frosty sit for a while, the straw is useless. (Remember a while ago when, for several weeks, we as a people became adamantly against single-use plastic straws?)

There are a couple dozen Wendy’s locations in central Arkansas, and for those on a milkshake budget, the Frosty certainly fetches a good price. But when we peeled the lids off our “big” Frosty, we were dismayed to see 2-3 inch gaps in both where more product ideally should have been. David? Wendy? What’s up with that? Sask.

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