Growing up, hand-spun milkshakes were a special-occasion treat for “people of a certain age,” like me. (My teenagers call us “old.”)
Scoops of ice cream, splashes of milk, and maybe some enhancements would be added to large metal cups and blended under a fast-spinning rod. Some would be poured into a glass and topped with whipped cream and a cherry. The rest would arrive in the frosty blending cup, a bonus.
Modern premixed shakes dispensed from machines sully those joyful memories. But there are still some places that do it the old-fashioned way, often whipping throwback themes, from food to décor, into the entire experience.
And there’s a new trend—colorful, over-the-top (literally and figuratively) enhanced shakes that are perfectly suited for Instagram. Proprietors like Kristal Bryant, who opened an ice cream shop and later expanded as K&J’s Elegant Pastries and Creamery, specialize in modern milkshake monstrosities that are as much as visual treat as gustatory pleasure.
Bryant is a social media queen, amassing nearly 60,000 followers on Facebook and some 26,000 on Instagram (@kjselegantpastries) with posts featuring the milkshakes and other goodies from her store in Alabaster.
Here are 8 places around Alabama that serve milkshakes that will create memories for people of all ages.