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Best of Canberra Taste Off – Milkshakes

By Sophia Carlini - 3 November 2014 5

The call went out for Canberra’s best milkshake this week and the nominations came in fast, from various Canberra cafés to McDonalds, even the Canberra Hospital received a few mentions.

I tallied up the nominations and found myself at the Down Town Milk Bar in Manuka on a hot Wednesday afternoon. A lime milkshake was the recommendation. I have to admit, lime is not the first flavour I would personally think of ordering, but to my surprise, it actually works!

The shake came out in an ice-cold, old school stainless steel cup and was a striking lime green colour. I was instantly flooded with childhood memories. It was the perfect balance of sweet, milky and creamy, and just the right amount of lime flavouring.

For the bargain price of $4.80 you can get yourself a delicious ice-cold milkshake, big enough to share, from the Down Town Milk Bar.

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On the Thursday, a friend and I decided to ditch lunch and indulge in a Milkshake from The Cupping Room. Being the health conscious people we are (just in case my personal trainer is reading this), we decided to order one to share.

Out comes a tall glass, filled with caramel and ice-cold milk, topped with salted caramel popcorn! It looked A-mazing, and boy did it taste good! After our first sip we were both regretting the decision to share. The salted caramel, popcorn milkshake, is rich, creamy, crunchy, salty and sweet, as well as the perfect consistency, not too thick and not too runny. The best part though, was spooning out the crunchy popcorn from the bottom of the glass.

A milkshake from the Cupping Room will set you back $7.00, and trust me, you will not want to share.

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Both Milkshakes were great. The lime milkshake from the Down Town Milk Bar was traditional, simple and delicious. However, I think, the Cupping Rooms’ modern twist on a traditional caramel milkshake will certainly bring all the boys (and girls) to the yard.

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5 Responses to
Best of Canberra Taste Off – Milkshakes
tallpoppy 4:01 pm 05 Nov 14

A few weeks ago I went on a 4 hour training run around mt taylor and mt arawang. Reeling with exhaustion and dehydration afterwards I got a chocolate thickshake from the takeaway at the curtin shops and boy was it amazing. The people working there were super lovely too.

switch 2:03 pm 04 Nov 14

TheAether said :

This is slightly off topic, but I’m originally from WA. Over there we were able to get Spearmint flavoured milkshakes almost everywhere. I was slightly addicted. But I’ve never found a restaurant or cafe on the Eastern seaboard which carries the flavour. Can anyone help with spearmint milkshake serving houses in the ACT?

Used to be a place near Wynyard station in Sydney where I first found these, but it’s not a common flavour. More’s the pity, i really like it too. Haven’t found one in Canberra.

TheAether 11:26 am 04 Nov 14

This is slightly off topic, but I’m originally from WA. Over there we were able to get Spearmint flavoured milkshakes almost everywhere. I was slightly addicted. But I’ve never found a restaurant or cafe on the Eastern seaboard which carries the flavour. Can anyone help with spearmint milkshake serving houses in the ACT?

Maya123 9:02 pm 03 Nov 14

Of the more common flavours, lime is my favourite and what I would usually think to choose first. I don’t like thick shakes as I like a drink to flow, and I don’t find thick shakes refreshing.

joingler 7:55 pm 03 Nov 14

All great milkshakes but I much prefer a thickshake. The extra ice cream adds so much to it.

I remember once ordering a thickshake from the servo’s club in Ulladulla and being rather surprised when it was so thick, they gave me a spoon to drink eat.

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