This past weekend I had a lovely vacay in San Francisco where, naturally, I found myself at Ghirardelli Square. An enthusiastic line for the ice-cream and chocolate shop curved out the door, and after seeing the gorgeous Sundaes and milkshakes milling about, I knew I had to have one…or five.
Luckily I was with a group of guys who know that Sharing is Caring. They each got a “Quake Shake” whereas I got myself two milkshakes, a chocolate and strawberry.
A Quake Shake is like Ghirardelli version of the Blizzard, where they take vanilla ice-cream, milk, and a chocolate bar, and blend it all together. Personally, I’ not the biggest fan of frozen chocolate as the cold renders it hard, waxy, and a bit flavorless. It also perplexes me that in addition to a whole milkshake, I’m consuming a chocolate bar. That said, the Quake Shakes are a lot thinner than the milkshakes since extra milk is added to seamlessly blend the ingredients. The three flavors that we shared were the Peanut Butter Chocolate, which had an extra serving of real peanut butter blended in, Raspberry Chocolate, and Mint Chocolate.
The PB chocolate was a raging hit with the guys who declared it a 5-cherry winner before I even had a taste. It was mighty delicious, so who am I to argue the unanimous decision of four adamant men? The Chocolate mint was strong and well done, if you like minty dairy treats, but the raspberry chocolate was totally uneventful to me. Over all, a 4.5 cherry average for the Quake Shakes.
The milkshakes were thicker and more concentrated than the thin and textured Quake Shakes. The smooth chocolate shake particularily had a rich cocao flavor that would make anyone roll his eyes back in bliss. Clearly, chocolate is Ghiradelli’s heartbeat and soul. Mmmmmm, Good.
The strawberry milkshake was too zingy for me. In fact, strawberries are pretty tricky ice-cream additions. They have to be perfectly ripe and wonderful to work. Otherwise you end up with tart zingy-ness like this Ghiradelli’s milkshake, or you end up with an artificially flavored experience, like the sweet McDonald’s shake that I reviewed here.
Ultimately, these milkshakes made for a happy little stop in our SF adventures. While they’re not my favorite consistency, and they melted pretty quickly (which was odd given how freezing the city is), I still highly recommend that locals and tourists alike enjoy a special day and treat at the Ghirardelli shop!
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