Why everyone is freaking out about… freakshakes

Written by
Luke Abrahams

A freaking what?

The freakshake: a creamy, thick and delectable cakey mash-up of heavenly psychedelic joy. They’re basically a big-arse milkshake with a shed load of cake, crazy toppings and cream piled on top that began life in the Aussie capital, Canberra. Luckily, they passed immigration and have increased all our chances of getting diabetes (but it’s totally worth it).

Shut the freak up.

No, we’re serious. This Aussie food trend is easily going to be your new BFF/downfall.

Interesting. Where can I try this sugary monstrosity? 

Currently, here's where you can get one: 

Molly's Bakes

Molly Bakes, Dalston

Molly Bakes: two words to make anyone with a sweet tooth go batshit crazy. As soon as you enter the gates of this little Tulum-inspired caketique, you instantly feel a little gluttonous, especially as there's some pretty ludicrous freakshakes to slurp your way through. The shakes come in four flavours: chocolate, peanut butter, raspberry and caramel. Made with ice cream sourced from their friends at Ice Cream Union, the shakes are blitzed with colourful sauces and decorated with cookies, tartlets, brownies, marshmallows and honeycomb, all made in-house. Word on the street is that a few newbies might be gracing the menu very soon too. 450 Kingsland Road, E8 4AE.

Maxwell's Bar and Grill

 Maxwell’s Bar and Grill, Covent Garden

This funky art deco grill and bar does some pretty mean food and cocktails, but what many Londoners don’t know is that it's one of the best places to grab a freakishly good shake. You'll find them downstairs, and flavours include salted caramel with pretzels, marshmallows and doughnuts; triple chocolate with brownies and pecans or a fruit-covered option (but seriously, you're in the wrong place for counting calories). Even better, ask your bartender to add a shot of booze to your freakshake: they're more than happy to oblige. 8 James St, WC2E 8BH

Waffle Paradise

Waffle Paradise, Upton Park

Open for just over a month, this Upton Park spot has already gained a loyal following with its bizarre oversized shakes. There are 30 epic combos, whipping up some classic flavours like Dairy Milk, fudge brownies, Snickers, and Kinder Bueno (the list goes on and on) piled into dessert jars – well, more like vases. Toppings include everything from Coco Pops to Lucky Charms, toffee popcorn to mini-eggs, and the best thing is that you can choose as many as you like. East Shopping Centre 232, Green St, E7 8LE.

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