In-N-Out Burger Vanilla Shake copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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In-N-Out Burger Vanilla Shake

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In-N-Out Burger's delicious shakes are made with real ice cream, and that's a good thing,  but this vanilla shake has a unique taste that's more than just straight vanilla—I sense a hint of buttery caramel. Riffing on that idea, I came up with an easy hack for this In-N-Out Vanilla shake recipe using a blend of French vanilla ice cream and whole milk, along with a simple secret ingredient: caramel topping. Spooning just 1 tablespoon of Smucker’s caramel topping into the blender before mixing it all up produced a vanilla shake remarkably similar to the one that’s been served at In-N-Out Burger since 1975.

Unfortunately, a milkshake produced with a home blender is thinner than a restaurant milkshake made with a milkshake machine. To fix that, after mixing your shake in the blender, place the blender in your freezer for a bit until the shake firms up, then mix it once again, spoon it into a tall glass, and serve it with a wide straw. Pair your milkshake with our In-N-Out Double Double recipe.

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  • 2 cups French vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon Smucker's caramel topping
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      Combine the ice cream and milk in a blender and blend on medium speed until smooth. Add the caramel into the center of the blender and blend again until the caramel is no longer visible. Pour the shake into a 12-ounce glass or cup and serve it with a straw. For a thicker shake, place the blender into the freezer for 30 minutes after mixing, then mix the shake once again before serving.

      Makes 1 12-ounce shake.
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I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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