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The Best Milkshakes in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / July 14, 2014

milkshakes torontoThe best milkshakes in Toronto are trigger of memory, of salivation, of salvation, and always, eventually, of brain freeze. The simple ingredients of ice cream and a glug of milk are transformed when blended into a thick, creamy, nostalgic concoction.

Makers of modern milkshakes take it up a notch, spiking them with booze, making crazy combinations like bacon, fudge and sea salt, topping them with cookies and marshmallows and piles of whipped cream, or introducing elements like foie gras that just sound plain wrong - but on the tongue, do something rather wild and wonderful. The old diner classics, saddled beside a juicy hamburger for maximum impact, will do just fine as well. (And, yes, the best milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard, but must we trot out that one-liner again?)

Here are the best milkshakes in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Ice Cream in Toronto
The Best Ice Cream Sandwiches in Toronto
The Best Diners in Toronto

Rose and Sons

Rose and Sons

Leave it to Anthony Rose to make the best milkshakes in town, combining the cozy aspects of the diner food, with the upscale professionalism of a well-regarded chef. Caramel, chocolate, wild blueberry and peanut butter selections ($7) are all delicious. More »

Holy Chuck Burgers

Holy Chuck Burgers

The folks at Holy Chuck have the percentage all worked out - 95% ice cream, 5% milk - and a huge list of flavours, including some of the wildest around. Foie gras and truffle oil ($14.99) anyone? Perhaps wasabi, ginger and green onion ($5.99)? Don’t worry - they have eighteen types to chose from, and basic chocolate will run you $4.99. More »

Stack Restaurant

Stack Restaurant

Stack Restaurant in Bedford Park in the local BBQ joint favorite, in no small part to the great list of milkshakes, including those of the spiked variety. Try a S’mores milkshake ($7), topped with a tower of marshmallows that’s a challenge unto itself, even with the big straw. More »

Wallace and Co.

Wallace and Co.

Let King Fu whip you up one of his delicious milkshakes before he grills you up a hamburger. Three flavours - salted caramel sour cream, chocolate peanut butter, and strawberry banana - are uniformly fantastic at $5 each. More »

Snakes and Lattes

Snakes and Lattes

I’m not playing games when I tell you Snakes and Lattes has some fabulous milkshakes, but you may just be playing games when you drink them. Pick from chocolate or vanilla ice cream ($4.50) and add a flavour of your choice for 50 cents more, including strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, banana, peppermint, espresso and chai. More »

No Bull Burgers

No Bull Burgers

No Bull Burgers swear by Kawartha Ice cream, and that’s what they exclusively use in their shakes ($4.99). Mango and mint chocolate chip are just some of the flavours, but they all come piled high with whipped cream. More »

Flo's Diner

Flo's Diner

Yorkville is home to Flo’s Diner, somewhat of an institution in those parts. The '50s/'60s Chubby Checker vibe matches the old-fashioned style milkshake - relatively cheap - and the basic flavours of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry are perfect for the greasy plates. More »

Burger Stomper

Burger Stomper

Burger Stomper on the Danforth puts its proficiency for milkshakes right into the signage ("Burger and Milkshake Bar"). They use 2% milk and real ice cream and flavours - no artificial syrups. Try cookie dough, Nutella and peanut butter or berry cheesecake for only $4 each. More »

Bloor Jane Diner

Bloor Jane Diner

This classic diner is a tribute to the Maple Leafs and to simple comfort food, including the diner milkshake. Not much has changed since they opened in 1972. It’s still cheap, cheerful and delicious, and the flavours are strictly nostalgic - vanilla, strawberry and chocolate, for $4.25. More »

W Burger Bar

W Burger Bar

At W Burger Bar they have regular (vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, or malted for $4.99) and the more elaborate and liquored spiked milkshakes ($9.99). The chocolate gorilla is made with Kahlua, white crème de cacao, crème de banana and chocolate ice cream, and they credit Chapman’s ice cream as the secret to their milkshake success. More »

Fat Phill's

Fat Phill's

There are seven milkshake flavours at Fat Phill’s, all variations on the diner classics - vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, mint chocolate, banana, banana strawberry and banana chocolate for only $3.50 each. They’ve been around for over 27 years, so I’m thinking they know a thing or two about making a fine milkshake. More »

Discussion

25 Comments

concerned / July 14, 2014 at 05:04 pm
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This is ridiculous! All of these milkshakes are going to force more condo building to be built downtown and close down existing businesses!
??? replying to a comment from concerned / July 14, 2014 at 07:00 pm
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Are you real???? You probably live at Jane and Lawrence
evan / July 14, 2014 at 07:04 pm
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I have a hard time believing that many of these beat out Frans of the Lakeview when it comes to price/awesomeness. Mr. Greenjeans always had a great one too and really... Dutch Dreams...
Ray / July 14, 2014 at 07:19 pm
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And thats a problem? We need more condos, people need a place to live, and theres no more room to build houses.
MRRRRRR / July 14, 2014 at 08:22 pm
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mcdonald's isn't on this list?!
this is a completely fake list!
Are you kidding me? / July 14, 2014 at 08:50 pm
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Ya right, let's build more condos so that you can send your kids out of the city to go to school and be stuck in traffic for 2 hours a day on transit or in a car. We don't need more condos until the city has the infrastructure to support its population.
typical blogto / July 14, 2014 at 08:58 pm
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This list is a travesty, only 2 locations south of Bloor are these even in Toronto? How can I possibly get there on my rented bike? Also, (insert comment about condos here).
Holy Thundering Jesus / July 14, 2014 at 09:29 pm
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Fatso's! They made the best burgers and shakes in town!
Drew / July 14, 2014 at 11:33 pm
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Bring on the Condos and the infrastructure will follow!

We need to force the issue. If we wait for the city to build the infrastructure with no demand we'll always be at the bottom of the list and they'll always be another area more deserving.

Build the Condos, and they will come!

Why don't you welcome new neighbours into your neighbourhood?
Kelis / July 14, 2014 at 11:45 pm
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My milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard!
Kev / July 15, 2014 at 12:00 am
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Any list on the best Congee?
Peter / July 15, 2014 at 08:48 am
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I can not believe you did not include the real champions, Dutch Dreams at Vaughan and St Clair. Now that is a real milkshake. All these are just plain or weird contraptions
Sarah / July 15, 2014 at 10:35 am
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GREG's! I dream about those milkshakes. Dutch Dreams is a close second.
Anne / July 15, 2014 at 10:37 am
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Dutch Dreams is to far from my place, anyone know when Olivia Chow is increasing bus service by 10%?
Eleni / July 15, 2014 at 02:25 pm
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Hands down, Holy Chuck makes the best burgers and shakes 😋😋🍔unbelievably delicious!!!!
Blair / July 15, 2014 at 03:36 pm
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Film Buff East (Queen/Greenwood). Peanut Butter and Chocolate. Eleventy Zillion calories. One happy customer.
B / July 15, 2014 at 05:18 pm
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MY MILKSHAKE BRINGS ALL THE GENTRIFICATION TO THE YARD
E replying to a comment from B / July 15, 2014 at 11:31 pm
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And the Word of the day starts with the letter "G". Do you know a word that begins with "G".
Arooj / July 17, 2014 at 08:27 pm
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I've had The Works' 2001 A Space Odyssey........ Omg I almost died and went to heaven!
Kyle / July 18, 2014 at 05:17 am
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I love milkshakes!!! Especially the chocolate one. This is absolutely awesome! Thank you for the list now I know where to order the best milkshakes. haha.
blart / July 20, 2014 at 08:32 pm
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Dutch Dreams definitely has a good milkshake going on
Matt's House / July 22, 2014 at 09:13 am
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I've had more than half of these shakes. Most are decent but one of them (without naming names) is brutally bad from the experience I had.
There's a Hollywood Cone truck in Oshawa that wins my top milkshake pick though. I saw them at a Whitby food truck event. They have me addicted to their shakes but they're almost impossible to find. Went to Oshawa on 3 separate occasions to find them and only found them once!
LolaLorz / August 1, 2014 at 12:00 am
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Dutch Dreams??! Are you kidding me??! Their milkshakes are the worst. I've lived next to Dutch Dreams forever. Been there two times...two times too many. You want a great milkshake, go to South St. Burger or Laura Secord. Now those are milkshakes!!
Dianne / August 5, 2014 at 12:52 pm
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You guys are definitely missing Johnny Rockets on this list!
Holla replying to a comment from B / September 8, 2014 at 08:02 pm
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AND THEY'RE LIKE
LET'S BUILD SOME MORE.

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