Between the state’s historic dairy farms and its mom and pop ice cream shops, Delaware reigns supreme when it comes to getting a good milkshake. From the classic malted options to creative flavors ranging from cappuccino to Dutch apple, you’ll find something delicious at the 10 best places for milkshakes in Delaware.
If you want a great ice cream shake, you have got to go to the source. Family owned and operated farm since 1796, Woodside is a small dairy farm with over 30 Jersey cows, whose milk they use to make homemade ice cream. Their stand is open seasonally, featuring ice cream treats like sundaes and shakes.
Established in 1942, Hopkins is a working dairy farm with 1,000 cows that sells ice cream made with local ingredients. It doesn’t get any fresher than that. And you can get over 25 flavors like rum raisin, cappuccino delight, salted caramel crunch, butter pecan, coconut, maple walnut, and more. Plus, get any flavor made into the milkshake of your dreams.
Established in 1954, this farm has over 250 milking cows, and sells homemade ice-cream, milkshakes, floats, sundaes, pints, ice cream cakes, cheese, milk, and more. With over 40 flavor variation, including sugar-free and seasonal options, get flavors like Caramel apple, pumpkin pie, s’mores, orange pineapple, lemon chiffon, and more. Plus, get any flavor as a shake!
Featuring homemade Woodside Farm Creamery ice cream, this quaint shop sells ice cream, sundaes, smoothies, milkshakes, and more. Enjoy a house-made waffle cone or a banana split, as well as over 10 toppings to choose from. There is also catering and a walk-up window available, but shakes only come in two magnificent varieties: Regular and thick.
Opened in 2017, Mug and Spoon is focused on taste and using local products, and, while their sign reads, “premium coffee, ice cream, and milkshakes,” you will find concoctions that are self-described as “wild.” The s'mores coffee milkshake is even topped with a giant marshmallow that is toasted right in front of you, making it an ice-cream-shop-meets-hibachi kind of experience.
As one customer put it, the place is reminiscent of the 50s and 60s. “It’s what McDonald's and Dairy Queen used to look like” with an added emphasis on friendly customer service. Family owned and operated since 1956, this dairy dive serves soft-serve ice cream and has been a community institution for 60 years. People rave about the hot fudge sundaes, and the milkshakes can’t be beaten.
Featuring a lightly-battered, “World Famous Fried Chicken,” hot dog, burgers, and fries, this fast food dive features a retro vibe & an all-American menu. Plus, you will find thick and creamy milkshakes featuring 20 different gourmet flavors, like the “Black & White” milkshake or the “Banana.” Or get root beer floats, malted milkshakes, ice cream, and more.
Established in 1972, King’s serves its “awarding-winning ice cream, frozen yogurts, and water ices” to visitors and locals alike in the greater Delaware area. Check out flavors like pistachio, black cherry, mocha, peanut butter, s’mores, Dutch apple, pumpkin pie, and get malted milkshakes, sundaes, and more at King’s.
The University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences has arguable some of the best ice cream ever. The original location is located in Newark, right by the football stadium and other sports complexes (the perfect post-game treat). A second location was just opened in Wilmington, Delaware. UDairy is always creating unique and delicious flavors and there milkshakes are to die for!
This is a Delaware staple. Their milkshake is old-fashioned and hand-dipped, and it’s served in a frosted container. For something really classic, opt for the frosted malted shake. For something truly indulgent, try their Triple Thick Shake. Joe Biden even showed his buddy former president Barack Obama this Delaware gem on one 2014 visit! Try a grilled cheese and vanilla milkshake next time you go.