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Of all the fast-food chains ... who makes the best ice cream shakes?

My gold star goes to Carl's Jr.

I crave their Vanilla Shake even when it's a chilly 45 degrees outside, but lately I've warmed up to their mint chip.

Be warned, however, the strawberry is sort, um, how do I put this, ahem, um ... the strawberry is disgusting.

Do you have a favorite?

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    1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

      Coco's, Bob's Big Boy...While chain (sit down...order...wait for food...dine in) restaurants, I don't think these are considered as 'fast food chains'.

        1. Dairy Queen brazier or Steak and Shake.

              1. re: theflytyr

                Chalk up another Steak and Shake. My son was a "shake guy" for them and they definitely use real ice cream.

              1. re: Janet from Richmond

                Cheeburger for sure - and they make malteds, which nobody else seems to do, and which I prefer.

                1. re: sivyaleah

                  You can get malts at steak & shake. I do every time.

                  1. re: revsharkie

                    I live in the Northeast, there are none of them in this area, or NJ or NY anyway. I've never even heard of it.

                    1. re: sivyaleah

                      try Friendly's Fribble with whipped cream.

                      1. re: othervoice

                        I miss friendly's! they are the best.

                    2. re: revsharkie

                      Steak & Shake is a Midwestern thing -- none at all on the East Coast.

                      1. re: Das Ubergeek

                        that's unfortunate. (The nearest one to us here is about five hours away. We only get there a couple or three times a year.)

                          1. re: Das Ubergeek

                            I live in Miami and we have Steak & Shake. They also have them in Tampa.
                            Love their white chocolate shake (seasonal).

                            1. re: Das Ubergeek

                              Actually - I was in Florida in March & they're there; however, I didn't feature it....

                              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                Not exactly true...we live on the East Coast of Central Florida & have one here.

                                Agree that they make the best chain shake. My favorite is the Dark Chocolate.

                          2. re: Janet from Richmond

                            Technically, Chick-Fil-A shakes aren't ice cream shakes. From their web site (and yes, it's iceDream, not ice cream):

                            Icedream (whole milk, sugar, nonfat dry milk, cream, corn syrup, natural and artificial flavors [artificial compounds, vanilla flavoring], dried whole eggs, cornstarch, mono and diglycerides [from soybean oil], disodium phosphate, cellulose gum, carrageenan, sodium phosphate, guar gum, sodium citrate, annatto and caramel colors, artificial color [Yellow 5 & 6]), milkshake base (whole milk, sugar, cream, whey powder (milk), nonfat dry milk, artificial flavor, disodium phosphate, mono and diglycerides [from soybean oil], tetrasodium pyrophosphate, guar gum, cellulose gum, carrageenan),

                            1. re: Janet from Richmond

                              I will second Cheeburger Cheeburger simply because you can request any kind of shake under the sun. I've had a chocolate cherry cheesecake shake that was amazing.