Unusual flavors shake things up

Milkshakes ranging from the traditional to the exotic are sure to appeal to every palate

  • Abbey Burger Bistro's Berger Cookie milkshake can be made with or without alcohol.
Abbey Burger Bistro's Berger Cookie milkshake can be… (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun )
April 26, 2011|By Donna M. Owens, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Want a frothy, sweet, confection that's perfect for the balmy days of spring and summer? Then shake up your taste buds with the cold, creamy goodness of a milkshake.

The Baltimore region is home to a plethora of ice cream parlors, restaurants and diners that feature shakes for most every palate. Retro malted milkshakes. Classic chocolate and vanilla shakes. And exotic varieties made with ingredients like spinach or nuts. Come along as we sample 10 milkshakes from Baltimore to Annapolis, with stops in between.

The spiked shake

The Abbey Burger Bistro, 1041 Marshall St., 443-453-9698, abbeyburgerbistro.com.

At this bustling Federal Hill eatery, burger toppings run the gamut from crabmeat to an egg, sunny side up. Their milkshakes are equally kicky.

"We use three to four scoops of Gifford's ice cream in our spiked shakes," says co-manager James Hollands. "The bartenders make them using an old-fashioned milkshake machine."

The Berger shake, made with fudgy Berger cookies, has numerous fans, he says. The recipe also blends vanilla ice cream, Stoli Vanilla and Godiva liqueurs. Other shake flavors include the Creamsicle (the ingredients include whipped cream, flavored vodka and orange juice) and the Incredible Hulk (pistachio ice cream, Gran Marnier and brownie chunks). "Yes, we do card if you order the shakes," says Hollands. "But we can make nonalcoholic versions."

The malted shake

You Scream Ice Cream, 821 Frederick Road, Catonsville, 443-636-5008, ysicecream.com

How's this for a taste of nostalgia? A malted milkshake, made with hand-dipped Hershey's ice cream, malt powder and milk.

"It takes you back to an earlier time," says proprietor Rhonda Chase, whose Catonsville ice cream shop is a family affair. The cozy carryout sells retro candy and soda pop, snowballs, Italian ice and fruit smoothies. It shows classic movies while customers wait on orders. The malted can be made with a dozen or so flavors, ranging from chocolate and vanilla to white cherry. "We add whipped cream and give long spoons so you can get every bit from the bottom," Chase says.

The candy shake

Maggie Moos, 821 S. Broadway, 410-342-8399, maggiemoos.com

As the weather warms, throngs of tourists and local residents alike stand in line at this Fells Point shop for frosty treats. "Our ice cream is made fresh in the store every day," says owner Suketu Sonecha. Milkshakes are made with "Moo Milk" (a milk and cream blend) and nearly two dozen flavors, inclujding Creamy Coconut, Pink Peppermint and Irish Coffee. There are myriad "fixins" like Oreo cookies and candy bars. One specialty shake to try: the "Peanut Butter Smoo" with chocolate ice cream, marshmallow, crushed peanut butter cups and whipped cream. "It's becoming a best-seller," says Sonecha.

The fruity shake

Azure, Westin Hotel, 100 Westgate Circle, 410-972-4300, westin.com/annapolis

Who knew that off the lobby of this upscale chain hotel in historic Annapolis, delectable milkshakes await weary travelers? At the Westin's restaurant, Azure, the ice cream is freshly made in house, and milkshakes are made to order. The menu offers five flavors, including toasted marshmallow and a blueberry with bits of fruit. "We do sell some shakes at lunch, but quite a few at night," says restaurant manager Tim Carlson. "It's a nice dessert before bedtime."

The traditional shake

Double T Diner, 4140 E. Joppa Road, Perry Hall, 410-248-0160, doubletdiner.com

It's no surprise that the milkshakes are delightfully old-fashioned at these eight family-run diners, around since the late 1950s. A bygone era is celebrated with fountain-made ice cream floats and soda pop, egg creams, banana splits and sundaes. But hands down, chocolate shakes are the favorite, says manager Mark Elsaid. "We use three scoops of French vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and milk." Whipped cream and sprinkles complete the nostalgia.

The do-gooder shake

Uncle Wiggly's, 1401 Forge Ave., Baltimore, 410-433-6300, taharkabrothers.com

Thanks to ice cream flavors like salty caramel, honey graham and black cherry chunk, milkshakes are one of a kind at Uncle Wiggly's in Mount Washington. Also unique: the newly opened shop (with a sister location near Towson) exclusively carries ice cream from Taharka Brothers, a local company with a socially conscious business model. "We have a factory in Clipper Mill, and our workers are urban youth between the ages of 18 and 22," says Sean Smeeton, president of the Sylvan Beach Foundation Inc., the nonprofit behind the venture. "They're young people who are learning entrepreneurship and leadership." Meantime, the resulting product also tastes good, says store owner Lee Smith. "Some weeks we sell 200 to 300 milkshakes a day. They're delicious."

The veggie shake

Dominion Ice Cream, 3215 N. Charles St., 410-243-2644, dominionicecream.com

Mom always told you to eat your vegetables. Now you can get them in a milkshake at this Charles Village ice cream shop.

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