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!
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!
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!
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
- 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.
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!
- Add everything to a blender. I find that adding the liquid first seems to work best.
- 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.
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) + Video
- 4 cups vanilla ice cream, softened slightly
- 1 cup milk, I usually use whole
- 3 tablespoons Nesquik powder
- 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).
- Pour into serving glasses and serve with a straw or spoon.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published March 2018, updated and republished February 2021
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