From Foie Gras to Maple Bacon: 10 Bizarre Milkshake Flavors

With record-breaking temperatures sprouting up everywhere this summer, there’s no better time to cool off with a nice refreshing milkshake. Of course, while some people are content with strawberry, chocolate or vanilla, others want more variety. Here are some of the weirdest milkshake flavors you’re likely to ever come across.

1. Foie Gras

Flip Burger of Georgia has some inventive and delicious shake flavors on their menu, including Krispy Kreme, Nutella & toasted marshmallow, and s’mores, but nothing compares to the weirdness of their foie gras milkshake. They're made with liquid nitrogen, so the presentation is as unforgettable as the drink itself. How good could a foie gras milkshake actually taste? The nutty, sweet shakes seem to be pretty popular with those brave enough to try them.

[Image courtesy of Yelp user Olivia W.]

2. Buffalo Chicken

The Buffalo Chicken Shake is a 30 Rock reference that most fans won’t even remember since it only appeared on a sign for a split second, but on the web, that’s all it takes to inspire someone to make a TV joke into a reality.

3. The McNuggetini

Is your McDonald’s chocolate milkshake too boring for your taste? Well, if you really want to class things up, try adding some vodka and serving the cocktail up in a BBQ-sauce rimmed martini glass garnished with a McNugget.

4. Caramel Popcorn

Admittedly, this popcorn-filled milkshake is one of the weirdest looking shakes you’ll ever see, but when you actually think about the flavor combination of sweet and salty, and the texture blends of smooth and soft with crunchy and chewy – it actually seems fantastic. According to the creator, it’s truly fabulous and, if you go by the recipe on the site, it’s actually one of the healthier options on this list.

5. Chocolate Avocado

To Westerners, an avocado milkshake sounds just plain bizarre, but it’s quite a popular drink flavor in Asia, and if you like the cool, rich, creamy flavor of avocado, you’ll probably like the way it tastes in a milkshake too. While I can personally vouch for avocado milkshakes, I’ll admit that I’ve never tried a chocolate avocado one, but given how good each is on its own, I can’t imagine that this would be a bad combination.

6. Sweet Potato, Candied Cashew and Bourbon

If the three flavors work as a Thanksgiving side dish, then there’s no reason they won’t go together in a milkshake. These are a popular treat at Chef Thomas Dunklin’s B&O American Brasserie in Baltimore, but for those who can’t make it out there to try their own, you can find the recipe here.

7. Maple Bacon

Slater’s 50/50 is a small burger chain in Southern California that is best known for their 50/50 burger, made from half ground beef and half bacon. If that’s not enough bacon for you, you can always top your burger with bacon and Baconnaise, enjoy your fries with bacon-infused ketchup, and then top it all off with a maple bacon shake and a bacon brownie.

8. Cap'n Crunch

When you spend the weekend in Vegas, it’s all too common to miss breakfast and come stumbling into a restaurant just in time for lunch. For those who are still dying to get their cereal fix though, you might want to consider Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers inside Harrah’s, where you can get a "Captain Crunch" milkshake. Personally though, I’m more inclined to try their banana split nachos, where fried flour tortillas fill in for chips and strawberry and pineapple syrup take the place of cheese sauce. Yum!

[Image courtesy of Yelp user Julia O.]

9. Strawberry Waffles

Don’t like Cap'n Crunch but still want to enjoy a delicious milkshake breakfast treat? Well, consider the strawberry waffle shake. Filled with Eggo and strawberry goodness, there’s no better liquid way to wake up in the morning.

10. Guinness, Chocolate and Espresso

Like your beer, chocolate and coffee dark? Then you’ll probably love the Shakin’ Jesse from Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café in the San Francisco Bay area. It combines Guinness Stout, chocolate ice cream and espresso into one smooth and frothy shake.
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Got any weird shake recipe ideas of your own? Feel free to share them in the comments. Personally, I’m curious what the aloe vera ice cream I made would taste like in a milkshake – the ice cream was pretty good, so I can’t imagine it would be any less tasty when blended with milk. If you’re inspired to try it out yourself, let me know how it turns out.

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A Simple Trick for Keeping Lemons Fresher for Longer

Lemons don't get much respect in the average refrigerator. After taking a slice or two to punch up drinks or add to a recipe, the remaining wedges can often be pushed out of view by incoming groceries and left to go to waste.

But the folks at Food52 have come up with a solution to get more use out of those lemons by keeping them fresher longer. Because citrus needs moisture in order to remain fresh, all you need to do is place your lemon in a bowl of water before putting it in the fridge.

Another idea: Put them in a sealed plastic bag and make sure you remove all the air to prevent mold growth. You'll get up to three months of freshness with this method. If your lemons are already cut into wedges, you can expect they'll last three to four days.

The "hack" also works for oranges and grapefruits. As for freezing, you can do that, too, but the resulting mushy fruit is probably best left for making juices.

[h/t Food52]

The Top 10 Pizza Chains in America

Pizza is a $45.1 billion industry in the United States. Here are the top pizza chains across this great nation, based on gross sales in 2016.


Pizza Hut is truly enormous. Raking in more than $5.75 billion in 2016, the chain is best known for its red roof architecture. The style is so distinctive that the blog Used to Be a Pizza Hut collects photos of former Pizza Hut restaurants now turned into other businesses.


With more than $5.47 billion in revenue, Domino's is nipping at Pizza Hut's heels. For decades, Domino's offered a guarantee that your pizza would arrive in 30 minutes or less, or it would be free. The policy was terminated in 1993 in the U.S., and Domino's has since focused on expanding its menu with pasta, sandwiches, and other goodies.


Photo of the exterior of a Little Caesars restaurant

Founded in 1959 by Mike and Marian Ilitch, Little Caesars focuses on carry-out pizza at ultra-competitive prices. Using slogans like "Pizza! Pizza!," "Pan! Pan!," and "Deep Deep Dish," the chain offers hot cheese pizzas for just $5.


Headquartered in Jeffersontown, Kentucky, Papa John's was the first national pizza chain to offer online ordering in the U.S., way back in 2002.


Papa Murphy's offers exclusively "take and bake" pizza, where the ingredients are put together in front of you, then you bake the pizza at home. It's the only large chain to offer this kind of pizza, and it's a smart business model—stores don't need pizza ovens!


California Pizza Kitchen

The first California Pizza Kitchen launched in 1985 in Beverly Hills, California. The focus is on gourmet pizza, including a line of relatively fancy frozen pizzas. In many locations, CPK also offers gluten-free crust as an option, making it a favorite for gluten-intolerant pizza lovers.


Pasquale “Pat” Giammarco founded Marco's Pizza in 1978. The Toledo, Ohio-based chain is now the country's fastest-growing pizza chain, with more than 800 franchised locations across the U.S. as well as in Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and India. They specialize in what they've dubbed "Ah!thentic Italian."


In 1958, Bill Larson concluded four years of US Navy service and got a job at a pizza parlor in San Mateo, California. A year later, he founded his own: Round Table Pizza. Using a King Arthur theme, Round Table has often featured knights and shields in its logo. The knight theme originated when Larson saw drawings of King Arthur's court eating pizza.


The brainchild of two Georgia Tech students, Mellow Mushroom opened in Atlanta, Georgia as a one-off pizzeria. Today, it boasts more than 150 locations, and is regularly inching further westward.


Macaroni and cheese pizza from Cicis

Cicis is the world's largest pizza buffet chain. It features all sorts of wild stuff including a macaroni-and-cheese pizza.

Source: PMQ Pizza Magazine


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