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Black Tap bets on a sweet hit with first-ever vegan milkshake

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Bao Ong

The OG milkshakes that nearly broke the Internet are going vegan.

Black Tap launches The Vegan Black ‘n White Cake Shake ($18) on January 27th at its three New York City locations, Las Vegas and Singapore. The sweet play on the iconic New York black and white cookie will also be rolled out on menus at other locations from Bahrain to Geneva, Switzerland.

Photography: Courtesy of Black Tap

At a time when chefs consistently whip up dishes that lure in diners with social media home runs, Black Tap introduced one of the most Instagrammable desserts in New York City back in 2015. Its cotton candy bedazzled shakes were an Internet sensation and people would line out the door to taste (and gram) their dessert orders in a restaurant that first opened as a burger joint.

The dessert continues to be a hit for Black Tap but after years of requests for a dairy-free, vegan option, customers are finally getting what they’re asking for today .The new shake includes the following ingredients: a soy-based chocolate shake, housemade vanilla frosting rim (made with almond milk), chocolate chips on the side and topped with a thick slice of Blackk ‘n White cake, which swaps in applesauce instead of dairy. It’s finally finished off with a rice-based whipped cream and chocolate drizzle.

“Vegan or not, you’ll absolutely love it,” says Courtney Wright, creative director of Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beers. She estimates the Black Tap team has intensely worked on developing its recipe the past two years.

The dessert feeds into the demand for more plant-based options on menus, as we’ve seen the number of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants grow in recent years.

“Even for people who may not know what a black and white cookie is, they’ll feel familiar with it,” Wright says. “I never met anyone who doesn’t love chocolate. The taste is really rich and really indulgent.”

Photography: Courtesy of Black Tap

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