A thick butterscotch ice cream milkshake recipe made with homemade butterscotch sauce blended in and drizzled on top! This recipe makes two butterscotch milkshakes, but you might want to keep it all to yourself! For more ice cream treats, check out my No Churn Oreo Ice Cream Recipe, my Peanut Buster Parfait Ice Cream Pie, or my Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream!
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Butterscotch Milkshake Recipe
My biggest guilty pleasure, despite all the cakes and cookies I make, is definitely ice cream. I've made a few no-churn ice cream recipes and a really yummy ice cream pie, but sometimes a classic carton from the freezer section of the supermarket is all you need.
In fact, the only thing that can make classic vanilla ice cream better are some perfect toppings -- and that's what we have here today with this butterscotch milkshake! Butterscotch and vanilla go hand in hand, so it just makes sense to amp up a classic vanilla milkshake with homemade butterscotch syrup!
What is the best milkshake flavor?
I firmly believe that the best milkshake is the one in your hand at any given moment. So for me, this butterscotch milkshake is WAY up there! You may disagree, but before you decide, take a few sips of this super easy frozen treat and get back to me!
What is butterscotch sauce made of?
If you're not familiar with butterscotch sauce, you may not know that it's like caramel, but made with brown sugar. It provides a deeper, richer flavor with a touch of vanilla and sea salt. I also find that it's a little easier to make -- there isn't as much of concern with getting the sugar cooked just right the way there is with homemade caramel -- for that reason, the homemade sauce for this butterscotch milkshake comes together so easily!
How to Make - Butterscotch Milkshake Ingredients
- unsalted butter - puts the "butter" in butterscotch milkshake! Although I often use salted butter in baking, here we'll use unsalted so that we can more carefully add salt in later.
- dark brown sugar - the extra molasses in dark brown sugar adds even more rich flavor and color to our butterscotch sauce.
- heavy cream - so important to provide the body of our sauce, heavy cream makes it velvety and smooth.
- vanilla extract - the perfect flavor to complement the brown sugar in this sauce. I recommend using a high-quality pure vanilla extract. Or better yet, check out my post on how to make vanilla extract at home with just 2 ingredients!
- sea salt - complements these flavors so well and offsets a little of the sweetness.
- vanilla ice cream - Your favorite vanilla, vanilla bean, or French vanilla ice cream will do well in this butterscotch milkshake. Or switch it up and try chocolate, chocolate chip, or coffee ice cream!
- milk - I used whole milk so that my milkshake would be extra-creamy, but you can always lighten it up a bit with skim or low-fat milk. I haven't tried this milkshake with nondairy milk, but let me know if you do! I'd love to know how it is!
- whipped Cream - this is optional, but definitely recommended. A nice high mound of whipped cream will take your butterscotch milkshake to the next level!
This butterscotch milkshake is a quick and easy recipe, and what makes it even easier for me is to use an immersion blender. Also called a stick blender or a hand blender, it allows you to blend up this milkshake without putting it all into a traditional blender. It's just a bit quicker, but you can definitely use any blender you have as well! Here are a few other tools you'll need:
Tips and F.A.Q.
It's pretty simple -- whereas caramel is made with granulated white sugar, butterscotch is made with brown sugar, often dark brown sugar. So it has a deeper flavor and richer color than caramel, and it usually includes cream and vanilla to round out the flavors and textures.
The "butter" part of the name comes from, well, butter. On the other hand, the origins of the second part of the name are a bit unclear. Some say it comes from the candy's origins in Scotland, and others say it comes from the word "scorch," referring to the cooked brown sugar.
I love the idea of adding crumbled praline candy, butterscotch chips, or crushed salted peanuts. But I'm sure that any topping you can think of will be delicious!
And if you're a big butterscotch lover, you've got to try my Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookies!
More Ice Cream Recipes You'll Love
- No-Churn Key Lime Pie Ice Cream
- No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream
- Strawberry Banana Sorbet
- Peanut Buster Parfait Ice Cream Pie
- Add butter, brown sugar, and cream to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat.4 tablespoon unsalted butter, ½ cup dark brown sugar, ½ cup heavy cream
- Bring to a low boil and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and salt. Set aside to cool -- sauce will thicken as it cools.¾ teaspoon pure vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon sea salt
- To make the milkshakes, add milk, ice cream, and ½ cup of cooled butterscotch sauce to a blender. Blend just until smooth and immediately pour into two glasses to serve. If desired, top with whipped cream, more butterscotch sauce, and more sea salt.8 scoops vanilla ice cream, ⅓ cup milk, whipped Cream
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Last Updated on September 7, 2023 by Chenée Lewis