Sugar high – monster milkshakes

AT A time when obesity is a major health problem around the world, along comes a bunch of bright sparks with the latest food fad -- monster milkshakes.

Mind-blowing milkshakes, some containing more than 2,000 calories each, are being featured with a myriad of toppings such as doughnuts, giant lollipops, cotton candy, and candy bars.

A far cry from the humble milkshake most of us know. Shakes became popular in the US in the 1920s when a Chicago drugstore employee, Ivar “Pop” Coulson, added two scoops of vanilla ice cream to the store’s standard malted milk drink recipe.

The concoction was a hit and soon became a favorite with dessert-lovers around the world. Many flavors have been added over the years and some restaurants offered shakes with crumbled cookies and candy bar pieces.

Then, just last year, amazing monster milkshakes appeared drawing huge crowds first in Australia and then in New York. Today, these eye popping creations, known on social media as freakshakes, are all the rage in major cities around the world.

Despite freezing temperatures in New York City in January, milkshake lovers were waiting in lines up to two hours long just to get a taste of “hella insane” milkshakes.

The artfully-designed shakes, which are almost a foot tall, sell for $15 (P700) at Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, according to the restaurant's head chef and owner, Joe Isidori.

He said the shakes “look great and taste great,” have since spread like wildfire on social media, where users have been snapping and sharing mouth-watering photos of the shakes..

And now Britain is competing for the title of the most insane milkshakes ever with a slew of new creations that are essentially a drink, dessert, afternoon snack, and midnight snack all in one.

The Chefs Eis Café in the English city of Birmingham cafe is selling monster milkshakes that contain more than the recommended sugar intake for an entire week.

Their Legend milkshake contains two Krispy Kreme doughnuts, two butter waffles, and five chocolate chip cookies plus a generous dollop of whipped cream and Nutella. That’s a whopping 2,213 calories and 166g of sugar in a single glass.

Meanwhile, in Sydney, Aki Daikos, co-owner of Foodcraft Espresso & Bakery, said “we’ve created a monster.” Their specific monster comprises four maxed-out freakshakes, all topped off with one of their famous, house-made Tella ball doughnuts filled with Nutella, salted caramel, vanilla bean ricotta, or mixed berry jam.

Sales or booming. They sell around 1,000 shakes Tuesday through Friday, and 2,000 Saturday and Sunday. They also recently went through 102kgs of Nutella in one day for their shakes alone.

And in the Philippines, many cafés and dessert shops are battling it out to create the most over-the-top and gravity defying creations.

Manila’s Lost Bread café is offering four monster milkshakes – they call them Overshakes. Their best-selling Popshake comprises a hazelnut chocolate and pistachio milkshake crowned with chocolate sauce, white chocolate and pistachio shards, whipped cream, as well as a banana, chocolate, hazelnut and a pistachio popsicle by Liq My Stick. Wow!

These bizarre culinary creations might well kill you – but you’ll die happy!
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