Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Frosty Recipe (Wendys) + Video

This frosty recipe is made with just 3 simple ingredients. Make it right at home for a chocolate shake that tastes just like the real thing!

glass full of frosty with fries being dipped in
Homemade versions of popular restaurant dishes allow you to make adjustments as needed and know exactly which ingredients are used.

Plus, you can enjoy them as often as you would like for a fraction of the cost!

Satisfy your cravings with more Wendys copycat recipes, like this easy chili or tangy honey mustard dipping sauce.

In fact, you can spoon either over grilled burgers or hot dogs and serve them with a glass of this thick chocolate shake. Don’t forget some crispy fries for dipping!

how to make a frosty - blender with ice cream in it

Frosty Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Soften the ice cream. Not only will it blend easier, but you will avoid any lumps as well. Leave the container on the counter for 5 to 10 minutes or let the ice cream sit in the blender before adding the other ingredients.
  • Want a thicker shake? Start with a little less milk, then add an extra splash at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.
  • Make it fancy. Run a vegetable peeler over a bar of your favorite chocolate to create tiny curls that are perfect as a garnish. Or, add a simple swirl of whipped cream on top.
Wendys frosty ingredients in blender

Kitchen Tools You Will Need 
  • Blender - A high power blender is a must in every kitchen. Use it for smoothies, dips, sauces, and soups!
  • Ice Cream Scoop - I have 6 different scoops, but this one is my go-to.
Wendys Frosty Ingredients
  • Vanilla ice cream - If you are able, I highly recommend using a premium variety instead of whatever is cheapest. The consistency will be much creamier and it will taste better too!
  • Milk - I usually prefer whole, but feel free to use whatever is in your refrigerator. Keep in mind that a higher fat content will result in a creamier shake.
  • Nesquik - This is the secret ingredient that makes it taste exactly like the one you get from the restaurant. 
blended frosty

How To Make a Frosty

It honestly couldn’t be any simpler, and it’s certainly less time than it takes to go through the drive-thru!
  1. Add everything to a blender. I find that adding the liquid first seems to work best.
  2. Blend until smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides halfway to get everything incorporated.

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

What can I use instead of Nesquik?

Another chocolate drink powder should work just fine, or mix up a homemade version by combining 1 part unsweetened cocoa powder with 2 parts granulated sugar and a pinch of salt.

frosty poured into a glass

Can I create different flavors?

Sure! Nesquik also makes a strawberry powder, or you can use another drink mix or flavored protein powder.

For plain vanilla, try replacing the Nequik with powdered vanilla creamer, malted milk, or simply leave it out entirely.

How do I make this shake dairy free?

Just replace the dairy ingredients with your favorite plant based alternatives. I recommend soy or oat varieties for the best flavor and consistency.


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Frosty Recipe (Wendys)

Wendys Frosty Recipe Video

To see us create this drink from start to finish, watch the video at the top of this page.

Yield: 4
Author: Amanda Batcher
Frosty Recipe

Frosty Recipe

This frosty recipe is made with just 3 simple ingredients. Make it right at home for a chocolate shake that tastes just like the real thing!
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min


  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream (softened slightly)
  • 1 cup milk (I usually use whole)
  • 3 tablespoons Nesquik powder


  1. Add all ingredients to blender, cover, and blend until smooth and creamy (you may have to scrape the sides of the blender once, then blend again).
  2. Pour into serving glasses and serve with a straw or spoon.

frosty in a glass with french fries being dipped in

Originally published March 2018, updated and republished February 2021


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  1. Just made this for my husband. He said it's the real deal!

    1. I am so happy to hear we nailed it, Betsy. Thanks for commenting!

  2. Omg very good just like Wendy's Yummy😁

  3. Could I use 1% milk? That's all we use in our house. I've used it for other recipes and it works OK.

  4. I have ate my ice cream like that scent I was young

  5. What flavor Nesquik?

  6. Ovaltine is better!

  7. Now I need fries to dip in my frosty! Yumm

  8. strawberry nesquik is amazing also

  9. If I want to make just vanilla frosty do I just use ice cream and milk?

    thanks Dorothy

  10. Isn’t there a vanilla nesquik? ��


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