This butterscotch milkshake is a creamy shake ribboned with sweet, rich butterscotch sauce. This milkshake uses vanilla ice cream and butterscotch to make a decadent shake perfect for dessert or a snack. You can use homemade butterscotch sauce or keep things simple with store-bought. For a delicious treat, top these milkshakes with fresh whipped cream and crunch toffee bits.
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If you love butterscotch, then this milkshake is for you.
This easy butterscotch milkshake is made with just a few ingredients and is thick and creamy. It’s made with vanilla ice cream and ribboned with sweet, decadent butterscotch sauce for a shake with well-balanced flavours.
The butterscotch sauce, which is made with butter and caramelized brown sugar, is rich and sweet and goes perfectly with the creamy vanilla ice cream.
You can use homemade butterscotch sauce in this recipe or keep things super simple by using store-bought. If you can’t find butterscotch sauce, you can turn this into a caramel shake by using caramel sauce instead.
Top this shake with fresh whipped cream, butterscotch sauce and crunchy toffee bits for the ultimate indulgence.
Toffee bits, sometimes sold as Heath toffee bits or Skor bits, can usually be found in the grocery store near the chocolate chips.
Milkshakes are delicious as a snack or dessert or go perfectly with a grilled burger on a hot summer day.
For a full list of ingredients and measurements, see the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Ice Cream – I recommend a good vanilla ice cream for this milkshake. While you can use a flavoured ice cream, like butterscotch ripple, I find that using vanilla allows me to control the flavour and sweetness of the milkshake better.
- Milk – I use 2% milk for all my milkshakes as it is always in my refrigerator. But you can use whatever you have; fat-free milk, whole milk, and even cream work well. The more fat the milk has, the thicker the shake will be.
- Butterscotch Sauce – You can use homemade butterscotch sauce or store-bought. If butterscotch isn’t available, you can use caramel instead. It has similar flavours, but is made with white sugar instead of brown.
- Whipped cream – Whipped cream is optional, making the milkshake more dessert-like. You can skip this or use frozen whipped topping instead.
Place the ice cream, milk, and butterscotch sauce in a blender.
Place the lid on the blender, start the blender at low speed and gradually increase the speed until the milkshake is blended.
If the milkshake is too thick, add more milk until it is the consistency you prefer.
Drizzle some butterscotch sauce on the inside of two tall glasses, then pour the milkshake into the glasses.
Top with whipped cream, butterscotch sauce and toffee bits, if desired.
Variations & Substitutions
You can customize this shake in a few ways, depending on what you have on hand.
- Ice Cream – I like vanilla ice cream, but you can use a flavoured ice cream such as butterscotch ripple if you like. You can even use frozen yogurt if you don’t have ice cream.
- Butterscotch Sauce – Make this a caramel shake using caramel sauce or sundae syrup instead of butterscotch. It will have a similar flavour.
- Toppings – Simply top this milkshake with whipped cream or frozen whipped topping. Or you can drizzle some butterscotch or caramel sauce on top. Chopped toffee bits make a great addition to these milkshakes, but you can use chopped candy bars, such as Heath or Skor, chopped chocolate, candy sprinkles, or even chopped nuts.
The thickness of the milkshake will be determined by how firm the ice cream is and how much milk is added. To make the milkshake thicker, make sure the ice cream is on the firmer side and add a small amount of milk at a time until you have the consistency you are looking for.
More Milkshake Recipes
- 3 Cups vanilla ice cream
- 3 tablespoon butterscotch sauce plus more for garnish
- ½ cup milk
- whipped cream
- toffee bits
- Place the ice cream, butterscotch sauce, and milk in a blender.
- Place the lid on the blender, turn the blender to low, and gradually increase the speed until the shake is blended. If you want a thinner shake, you can add a bit more milk, if you want it thicker, add a bit more ice cream.
- Drizzle some butterscotch sauce on the inside of two glasses.
- Pour the milkshake into the glasses, then top with whipped cream, butterscotch sauce, and toffee bits, if desired.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.