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Aug 8, 2012 07:58 AM

Best fast food/chain shakes?

What are your best and worst fast food/chain shakes? I'm in SC.
Sonic (very good banana shakes, real ice cream)
Jack in the Box (nice and thick, tasty, real ice cream)
Steak & Shake (good shakes, bad food)
Chick-fil-A (even though they use soft serve, they are still very good, especially the PEACH shake)
Hardee's (real ice cream, pretty good)
Dairy Queen (the Blizzards are very good, but I find the shakes watery)
Arby's (meh, but the Jamocha Shakes are decent)
McDonald's (always found them thin and watery with artificial taste)

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    1. Second Chick-fil-A shakes. I just wish they brought back the banana/Nilla wager shake they had last year.

      Roy Rogers makes a great milkshake with Hershey's ice cream.

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      1. re: CDouglas

        +1,000,000!!! I love the Chick-fil-A banana pudding shake! It's probably a good thing that it's a seasonal flavor...

        1. re: CDouglas

          Got talked into a peppermint shake at the chik fil a last week. I have a nasty head cold and it was like a magic elixir. Now I want another one. I was at an overheated mall in the norheast so it was quite the pick me up.

        2. Wendy's chocolate fave.

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            1. re: njmarshall55

              Is the Frosty even a shake? Isn't it just softserve?

              1. re: redfish62

                I'll second Steak & Shake - IMO, The ONLY FF shake worth mentioning.

                The worst, by far, Johnny Rockets. They simply add flavored syrups to a "vanilla" soft serve.

                1. re: Clams047

                  Really? I haven't had one in years, but I used to think Johnny Rocket's shakes were the very best among chains (at least here in Los Angeles). They unquestionably were not just flavored syrups added to a soft serve. They were full-fledged shakes made from scooped ice cream. Have they changed?

                  1. re: Arthur

                    I could be wrong about the soft serve (it's been several years). If so, it was the poorest quality ice cream I've ever had. Nevertheless, they did use a vanilla-based product & simply added a syrup to make Strawberry & chocolate shakes. I was VERY disappointed with my so-called strawberry shake (complete with white & red streaks). That was my first and last visit to a JR.

                    1. re: Clams047

                      For me it's probably been about ten years, but my experiences back then were never the same as yours. They always used perfectly fine ice cream, the same that was used to top their pies a la mode, and it was prepared in a traditional shake blender with a metal cup. What you're describing sounds a lot like the machine-mix shakes served at most fast-food places, but it's not even close to what I ever received at Johnny Rocket's. I hope they haven't changed that dramatically.

              2. Ever see people scrape french fries on they're Wendy's Frosty? Not for me but alot of folks do it, both kids and adults. Fuddruckers makes a great shake.