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Freakshakes: The Aussie Trend You Can’t Resist

The brainchild of Australian pastry chef Anna Petridis, an enormous and elaborately garnished treat called the Freakshake is taking the Australian food world—and social media—by storm.

Pâtissez, in the Australian capital city of Canberra, serves the gargantuan milkshakes in canning-jar mugs topped with sashes of syrups, piles of whipped cream, heaps of candies and—hold on, kids—full-size pastries. Yes, that’s an entire brownie as garnish!


It’s summer Down Under, so a current warm-weather offering called Le Fruity Freâk starts with a watermelon milkshake, then adds “slatherings of strawberry and lime gel, a pink béret of rose-scented fresh whipped cream, a light dusting of crushed freeze-dried strawberries and the crown jewel: a strawberry, watermelon and rose sorbet pop dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with more freeze-dried strawberries.”

photo: Pâtissez

News reports say that Pâtissez staff set a record of creating 623 Freakshakes in a single day, with an average of 350 to 400 in a shift. The Aussie prime minister, Malcom Turnbull, has even stopped in for his own Freakshake, opting for a flavor known as the Gay Pat.

According to Londonist, the trend has hopped the pond to the U.K., too. An East End pastry shop called Molly Bakes serves its own version of Freakshakes in its shop café, featuring four flavors: chocolate, peanut butter, raspberry and caramel. The shop owner tells the media that more flavors, including liquor-flavored shakes, are in development, and we can’t wait to see what boozy treats are created.

In the meantime, we’ll just have to keep on creating outrageous grown-up milkshakes ourselves. Here are a few over-the-top, boozed-up milkshake options to get you started:

Bourbon, Vanilla and Chocolate Milkshakes

Strawberry Belgian Waffle Rum Milkshake

Honey-Roasted Peanut, Coconut and Peanut Butter Cups Milkshake

Caramel Corn + Bourbon Milkshake

Bananas Foster Milkshake

Happy Birthday Milkshake

S’mores + Bourbon Milkshake

Pulp Fiction Five-Dollar Shake

Cherry-Coffee Milkshake

Adult Strawberry Milkshake

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