Have yall seen these milkshakes, er, should I say FreakShakes?! I remember being at work early last week and opening up a browser to see the headline that these milkshakes from Patissez in Canberra were going viral, by Thursday I had friends in America asking me if I had seen the FreakShake.
Since I won’t be making that five hour drive for milkshakes any time soon I did the next best thing… made a beast of a Sticky Date Milkshake with a Jack Daniel’s Caramel Sauce – and you can too!
I mean would you look at this thing? This is a monster that could rival your favorite summer dessert; just don’t blame me if you can’t fit into your bathing suits after all this ice cream!
To get started you’ll want to make the Jack Daniel’s Caramel Sauce first that way it has time to cool before using it with your cold ingredients. Making the caramel is easy but I suggest having all your ingredients out in front of you before you begin and cubing the butter ahead of time so it can be quickly added when the sugar comes off the heat, otherwise you risk burning the sugar if you aren’t paying attention.
What I love about this Jack Daniel’s caramel sauce is that as it cools it doesn’t get hard like some other homemade caramel sauces do. This Jack Daniel’s Caramel always stays nice a smooth, which means it’s perfect for sloshing about the milkshake glass, topping ice cream and cakes, or eating by the spoonful. Half a tablespoon of Jack Daniel’s might not seem like a lot for this recipe but because the alcohol is added in the end it does not burn off so adding any more will give you a very strong whisky flavor; you can always add extra Jack Daniel’s to your milkshake later.
Once the caramel is cooled you’re ready to make the Sticky Date Milkshake. I start by taking a giant spoonful of caramel and drizzling it all over the inside of my chilled milkshake glass and then dunking the rim into the caramel until it’s nice and coated. I’m all for making a mess in the kitchen and licking sugar off my fingers.
To get the best Sticky Date flavor I used Harry’s Ice Cream Co. Sticky Date Ice Cream (my personal favorite) which has a caramel base, toffee ripples, and chewy date fudge bits. I like my shakes thick so I may have used the entire 475ml carton of ice cream (minus a few bites I took here and there over the week). Mix about a cup to cup and a half of Harry’s Sticky Date ice cream in the blender with a quarter cup of ice cold milk for just a second or two before pouring into chilled glasses. Top with whipped cream and extra caramel sauce.
I should let you in on a little secret – all four servings of my milkshake were poured into one large mug. I know, I know, it’s not healthy, I’m going to get sick, sugar overload, etc. but I shared this one with my boy and we couldn’t finish it all. Making mini indulgences using these 4oz. mason jars in the way to go on this, trust me.
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp. water
- 4 tbsp. (50g) butter, cubed
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 to 1 tbsp. Jack Daniel's
- pinch of salt
- 1 to 1 and 1/2 cup of Harry's Ice Cream Co. Sticky Date Ice Cream
- 1/4 cup ice cold milk
- whipped cream
- Jack Daniel's Caramel Sauce
- Jack Daniel's (optional)
- Add sugar to a small sauce pan and drizzle water over top so that all of the sugar is wet. Turn on the stove to medium/high heat and dissolve the sugar. Using the handle of the pot, give your sugar a good swirl as it dissolves in the water.
- Once dissolved (when the crystals stop sparkling at the bottom of the pan), cover and increase to high heat for 2 minutes.
- Remove the lid and boil until the edges of the pan start to turn brown. Give it a good swirl as the mixture will turn golden and then amber and begin to smoke. Remove from heat right away.
- Add butter and whisk until combined.
- Stir in cream, vanilla, Jack Daniel's, and a pinch of salt.
- Let cool until caramel is room temperature before including in the milkshake.
- While your caramel sauce is cooling, chill 2 - 4 glasses in the freezer.
- When caramel sauce is room temperature, pour into a shallow bowl and drizzle sauce into the glasses using a spoon to coat the sides in long strokes. If you don't mind a mess, dunk the rim of the glass into the sauce as well. Set aside.
- In a blender, blend 1 to 1 and 1/2 cups of Harry's Ice Cream Company Sticky Date Ice Cream with milk. I prefer a thicker milkshake so I make mine with 1 and 1/2 cups. You can also blend in a splash of Jack Daniels for an extra boozy milkshake.
- Once blended, pour evenly into chilled glasses. Top glasses with whipped cream and extra caramel sauce.