5 minute creamy butterscotch milkshake for one is made with just 3 ingredients, when you use store bought butterscotch sauce. Or make it with my easy butterscotch recipe. It's a great spring/summer dessert to cool down with.
[This recipe was originally posted in April 2022. It has been updated with cooking instructions, expert tips, FAQ, related recipes and ways to repurpose/use up ingredients]
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Great milkshakes can be hard to find, I've found, so here's to making your own. This butterscotch milkshake is so easy and delicious. You can use store-bought butterscotch sauce or make your own.
If you want to make homemade butterscotch, make this PB Caramel and don't add the peanut butter powder. This recipe is actually butterscotch because it's made with brown sugar instead of white sugar.
You'll have leftovers, but they'll last a while.
Scroll down to the butterscotch milkshake recipe card for the amounts of each ingredient, but here's a quick visual + description of what's in this recipe.
- Vanilla Ice Cream: Simple vanilla ice cream is a great base to really taste the butterscotch sauce. You could use chocolate or peanut butter ice cream too.
- Butterscotch Sauce: Store bought or homemade butterscotch sauce is delicious with vanilla ice cream. Butterscotch is just caramel made with brown sugar instead of white sugar, giving it a deeper molasses flavor.
- Milk: Add milk to blend your butterscotch milkshake together.
Scroll down to the recipe card for more detailed instructions. Here's a quick overview + photos to see how to make this recipe in general.
Use store bought butterscotch sauce or make your own to add to your butterscotch milkshake. (use this Peanut Butter Caramel, just don't add the peanut butter powder).
Let it cool completely before adding to milkshake (so it won't melt your ice cream).
1.Add vanilla ice cream, butterscotch sauce, and milk to high powered blender. Blend until smooth.
2. Drizzle butterscotch sauce in glass, then pour butterscotch milkshake into glass. Top with fresh whipped cream and additional butterscotch sauce, if desired. Enjoy.
*note: you will probably have small ribbons of unblended butterscotch in your shake. I wasn't able to get the butterscotch completely blended into the ice cream and milk when testing.
It's a nice treat at the end of your butterscotch milkshake though!
Milkshakes don't store well, freezing this butterscotch milkshake will make it very hard, and refrigerating any leftovers will just be thick milk.
If you want to freeze it for later, just take the shake out 10-30 or so minutes early to soften enough to enjoy.
- You can substitute the butterscotch sauce for caramel sauce too, butterscotch just has a deeper and slight molasses flavor compared to caramel.
- Many recipes online say you can substitute the ice cream for frozen yogurt, this is probably true, I just haven't tried it.
- Substitute butterscotch sauce for about 2 Tablespoons butterscotch chips. The flavor may be different and you'll probably have flecks of butterscotch in your butterscotch milkshake, but that's not a bad thing!
- This would also be delicious blended into chocolate or caramel ice cream.
- Other great add-ins: Oreo cookies, chocolate chips, or Biscoff cookies.
You can substitute some or all of the creamy butterscotch sauce with chips, I would add about 2 Tablespoons to the ice cream and milk to blend.
You will end up with flecks of chips and the flavor will be slightly different, but still good!
Butterscotch is essentially caramel made with brown sugar instead of white sugar.
It's got more of a molasses flavor, and is a bit richer than regular caramel. It is delicious over ice cream and in milkshake form, like this butterscotch milkshake.
Yes, milkshakes are traditionally made with ice cream for a thick, creamy consistency. They can also be made with frozen yogurt or soft serve ice cream.
Smoothies are often made with yogurt to thicken it, or just fruit and liquid.
Other good milkshake recipes
Repurpose this butterscotch shake
For an even easier way to use ingredients for your butterscotch milkshake, just drizzle butterscotch sauce over vanilla ice cream.
What to do with leftover ingredients
When you're cooking for one, you often have leftover produce, cans of whatever ingredient, etc. Here are a couple ideas on how to use up the leftover ingredients. It'll help you save money by wasting fewer ingredients.
- Vanilla Ice Cream: Use in this Mint Milkshake or Biscoff Milkshake. Add to this Skillet Peach Crumble for One, Peach Cobbler Dump Cake, or Oatmeal Cherry Bars.
- Butterscotch Sauce: Dip apple slices into it, or serve over ice cream.
Did you make this butterscotch milkshake? Leave me a comment & rating to share how it turned out!
- Measuring cups, spoons
- High powered blender
- 1 ½ cups Vanilla ice cream
- ¼ cup milk
- 1-3 Tablespoons* butterscotch sauce
- additional butterscotch sauce optional
- whipped cream optional
- Add 1 ½ cups vanilla ice cream, ¼ cup milk, and 1-3 Tablespoons butterscotch sauce to high powered blender. Blend until smooth.
- Drizzle butterscotch sauce into glass before pouring milkshake into it, if desired. Top with whipped cream and a drizzle of butterscotch sauce on top, if desired.
- Enjoy immediately.
- You can use store bought or homemade butterscotch sauce. You can use this PB Caramel recipe and just omit the peanut butter powder.
- Butterscotch sauce can be substituted with caramel sauce if needed.
- There may be small beads of butterscotch sauce in the bottom of your butterscotch milkshake, this is ok.
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