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Chick Fil A peppermint milk shake in a tall glass topped with whipped cream, a cherry, and a peppermint stick. There are peppermint candies scattered around it.
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5 from 2 votes

Peppermint Milk Shake

Skip the drive thru and make this seasonable favorite at home - year round!  This peppermint milkshake is a copycat of the famous Chick Fil A versions that is only available a few months out of the year.  With a handful of ingredients and a few minutes you'll be able to enjoy this treat whenever you want.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: beverage, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 485kcal

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup semi sweet chocolate shaved (from a semi-sweet chocolate baking bar)
  • 8 candy canes
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream

Instructions

  • Shave your chocolate bar using a microplane or cheese grater.
  • Crush your candy canes into pebble sized piece by pulsing them in a blender.
  • Add Milk. Pro Tip: always put liquids in the bottom of your blender.  This allows the blade to turn and blend your items.
  • Top with shaved chocolate.
  • Pour in peppermint extract.
  • Add in ice cream.
  • Pulse until you get your desired consistency.
  • Pour into 4 glasses and top with whipped cream.

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Notes

I opted for shaved chocolate rather than blending chocolate chips.  I find that chocolate chips have a waxy texture, and using the shaved chocolate really replicated the texture and flavor of the Chick Fil A version.
What should I top my shake with?
Sometimes I like my shakes as is - I skip the whipped cream and sprinkles.  But with this shake I love a dollop of whipped cream, ALWAYS a cherry, and a dusting of crushed candy cane.
Do you have a blender you recommend?
Of course, any blender will work for this recipe.  But I love having a high power blender at home.  It is the appliance I use the most, and one I will never be without.  For years I purchased cheap blenders that broke often.  Since investing in a good blender (I use a Blendtec) I haven't had an issue once.  So take my advice and skip the cheap ones and invest in a nice one when you can.
Why is my milkshake not thick?
This shake should be able to be sipped thru a straw.  Some shakes served a restaurants these days aren't milkshakes but rather stirred soft serve.  If you prefer a thicker shake, add more ice cream.

Nutrition

Serving: 8ounces | Calories: 485kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 405mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 655IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 245mg | Iron: 1mg