You've Been Making Milkshakes Wrong This Whole Time

Milkshakes are one of life's little pleasures. They're rich, creamy, and come in almost any flavor you could possibly want. It's similar to drinking really good ice cream or soft serve. But making the perfect milkshake can be trickier than it might seem. Though milkshake crafting is not exactly rocket science, it does take a keen eye to get the proportions just right.

It never fails that you'll get a spoon along with a milkshake from time to time. This says everything you need to know about the problem. The biggest mistake people make with milkshakes is all about getting the milk to ice cream proportions wrong (via Taste Made). Ultimately, this means your shake is either too thick, hence the spoon, or too thin. No one wants a glass of soupy milk with chunks of strawberries or cookie pieces floating in it. Instead of guestimating how much milk you should pour in every time you make milkshakes, there's an easy formula you can use that will take all of the mystery out of it.

Here's how to get the balance right

Using the right ratio of milk to ice cream will help elevate your frozen dessert from okay to amazing, and it really requires no extra work from you. All it takes is a couple of ounces of milk to avoid a milkshake that's too thick or thin. The result is a perfectly smooth and creamy milkshake you can sip on until it is gone. Keep in mind, however, that an ultra-thick milkshake that is hard to sip at first but softens into an easy to drink yet thick shake requires a little less milk (via The Spruce Eats).

To get the ratio just right, use the basic formula of three generous scoops of ice cream to two ounces, or a quarter-cup, of whole milk. It's helpful to set the ice cream out for a while to let it soften up at room temperature. This will make it easier to blend into a smooth and creamy concoction. Keep in mind that you should never add ice to the milkshake either. That will only dilute all the rich and lush goodness of the milkshake.