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FINAL RESULTS: The Great Halifax Milkshake Search!!

So at the end of the day, just who has the best milkshakes in the entire city of Halifax?

It’s a question that I went on a quest in order to find the answer to. And after much searching and drinking, I believe I’ve found the best shakes in the city…without a doubt in my mind.

But before the results are given out, let’s take a look at what some Hali-famous folk said about their favourite Halifax milkshakes!

Singer Melanie Doane has her heart set on a milkshake at the Chickenburger. In fact, she even posted a picture of her favourite location…

Doane wasn’t alone in her love of Bedford’s famous restaurant. Television personality Maria Panopalis also proclaimed her love for the Chickenburger shake…

C100 was under the same impression, as well…

Fat Apollo knew something that the rest of us didn’t, and used his super-powers to let me know that I should go visit Freak Lunchbox…

Local food blogger Shipwrekkt really knew what she was talking about when she suggested Freak Lunchbox…

Top Chef Canada contestant Lauren Marshall thought that a gelato-based milkshake was the kind to go with and suggested the Humani-T Café…

Global Halifax Morning’s own Crystal Garrett had a soft spot for the Westcliff…

The good folks at Jack FM suggested a location I didn’t visit, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an option for some time down the road…

Colin at Energy 103.5FM thought that Darryl’s was, indeed, the place to go!

Morgan from Radio 96.5 was pretty adamant about her love for Darryl’s, too…

The editor of Halifax Magazine, Trevor Adams, had a more low-key suggestion…

Finally, Heidi from CTV had a pretty darn good spot to call her favourite…

As you can see, the opinions were varied. Some were adamant about Chickenburger, but, unfortunately, my experience was not a good one…hence their low score.

And if you look at the annual voting at The Coast, Darryl’s comes up as having the best milkshake in the city almost every single year. I don’t know if that’s simply a case of it being a popularity contest or if the voters of the Halifax Best Of series haven’t yet tried THE best milkshakes in the city. Either way, I can definitely say that Darryl’s makes really good milkshakes. But, in my opinion, they’re not the best.

After going back two more times after the initial visit, I can emphatically proclaim that FREAK LUNCHBOX has the best milkshakes in all of Halifax!!

FINAL RANKING

1. Freak Lunchbox, Bedford – 28/30

2. Susie’s Shortbreads, Halifax – 24/30

3. John’s Lunch, Dartmouth – 22/30

4. Darrell’s Restaurant, Halifax – 21/30

5. The Westcliff, Halifax – 19/30

6. Jubilee Junction Convenience – 18/30

7. Sugah!, Halifax – 18/30

8. Cow’s, Halifax – 18/30

9. The Chickenburger, Bedford – 14/30

I have had chocolate-peanut butter and the exquisite maple-Nutella flavours and have yet to be disappointed. I ask the good candy baristas there to make the shakes a little on the thicker side and that’s exactly what they do. Big straws and thick milkshakes that are bursting with flavour…you can’t go wrong!

Want to read about my initial review? Click here. Think I’m wrong? Sound off in the comment section below and hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.

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Great Halifax Milkshake Search – Susie’s Shortbreads

Susie'sI have been a fan of Susie’s for as long as I can remember. I swing on down to the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market every couple of weeks just to see Brad and pick up a delectable treat. When he heard that we were doing a milkshake search, he threw Suzie’s hat into the ring.

Susie’s Shortbreads are primarily known for their cupcakes. I can tell you first hand that they’ve also got some amazing cookies, as well. I haven’t tried their fudge yet…but it looks incredible.

I decided to visit the Bayer’s Lake location on a sunny, Saturday afternoon. I swung in and reviewed the flavours. I didn’t want to have just a place vanilla shake on this day. Nope…I wanted something different. And as usual, I didn’t want to just get one, since you never know when you might get a shake on an “off day”. I was impressed by the flavour selection…

Susie's

…and decided to go for a peanut butter shake (YUM!!) and then something I’d never thought about before: a creamsicle shake. So how did these shakes fair?

THICKNESS

These shakes were pretty thick. Were they the thickest shakes I’ve had so far? No, but the were still pretty thick. I was quite happy with how they turned out.

SCORE: 8/10

FLAVOUR

Susie'sWithout question, these shakes were full of flavour. The peanut butter shake tasted like a cold jar of sweet, creamy peanut butter, so you can’t argue with the end result. And the creamsicle milkshake tasted EXACTLY like a creamsicle…I was really surprised.

I thought about trying one of their “premium” shakes just to see if the flavours would be good, but as I learned on a previous experience, I don’t really like “eating” my milkshake. So as much as I’m sure milkshakes with flavours such as Caramilk, Kit Kat, Skor, Red Velvet Cupcake, and Cookies & Cream are fantastic…it wasn’t my bag. As it stands, the classic flavours were great.

SCORE: 8/10

PRICE

Susie'sI thought it was quite reasonable to pay for a “classic” shake at a price of $4.29. I was happy with the amount of milkshake that I got and with the flavour and thickness being what they were, it was a solid deal at that price. The “premium” shakes are $5.29 each, and even at that price they are very reasonable.

SCORE: 8/10

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Susie’s when it was suggested to me. Could they really be that good? With a final score of 24/30, I think it’s safe to say that the answer is a resounding “YES”. I was really happy with the end product because, let’s face it, Susie’s isn’t really known for their milkshakes. Let it be known, however, that I would recommend their milkshakes to anyone!

*****

RANKING

1. Freak Lunchbox, Bedford – 28/30

2. Susie’s Shortbreads, Halifax – 24/30

3. John’s Lunch, Dartmouth – 22/30

4. Darrell’s Restaurant, Halifax – 21/30

5. The Westcliff, Halifax – 19/30

6. Jubilee Junction Convenience – 18/30

7. Sugah!, Halifax – 18/30

8. Cow’s, Halifax – 18/30

9. The Chickenburger, Bedford – 14/30

*****

If you’d like to find out more on Susie’s Shortbreads, you can find them at the following:

Susie’s Shortbreads website
Susie’s Shortbreads on Twitter
Susie’s Shortbreads on Facebook

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The Great Halifax Milkshake Search – Jubilee Junction Convenience

002 I thought I was done. I thought I had tasted the best the city of Halifax could offer in terms of milkshakes. I mean…where else could I possibly go? I was ready to draw the line and name my winner.

Then I happened to swing by Jubliee and saw the above…a wall splashed with the name of a convenience store. It’s bright…it’s eye-catching…it’s got something written down that REALLY caught my eye:

Jubliee Junction Convenience

That, my friends, is a BOLD boast to make. So I found them on Twitter and put Jubliee Junction Convenience on notice that I had one more milkshake to try:

This past Saturday was beautiful, with sunny skies and warm autumn breezes. It was a perfect time to take this location to task for their claims. I swung on down to the convenience store and placed an order. As usual, I got two milkshakes. One was a chocolate-peanut butter shake and the other was a peanut-butter fudge crunch milkshake, made directly from the ice cream of the same name. How did it go?

THICKNESS

Jubliee Junction ConvenienceUnfortunately, things were NOT the best in the thickness category. Both milkshakes were basically flavoured milk, which is a tremendous shame because I was really looking forward to these.

Final score: 4/10

FLAVOUR

It was weird…I didn’t see any peanut butter ice cream, yet my chocolate peanut butter shake somehow had some peanut butter flavour. But it wasn’t quite right. I’m not exactly sure what type of chocolate ice cream was used (Hoof Prints or something along those lines), but it wasn’t what I hoped it would be. On the other hand, the peanut-butter fudge crunch tasted EXACTLY like I hoped it would. It was really flavourful and I enjoyed the little bits of “fudge crunch” that came up through my straw. So I’m torn on this a bit, as one shake tasted pretty good but the other one just didn’t work.

Final score: 7/10

PRICE

The price was okay at $5.00 each, because I was given a pretty good amount of shake for the money. Was it a great deal? No, but it certainly wasn’t what I would consider to be a rip-off, like a couple of other shakes I’ve had so far in my search.

Final score: 7/10

*****

Jubliee Junction ConvenienceI think I’m just about finished in my search. I’ve looked all around the city and have tasted quite a few different milkshakes over the past couple of months. I’ve got one stop left to make before declaring a winner in the Great Halifax Milkshake Search. Until then, I’m afraid I have to disagree with the claim that Jubilee Junction Convenience has “the best milkshake in the city”. Sorry, guys…but you’ve got a bit of work to do. I certainly appreciate your moxie, though!

And let me stress that if I was giving out points for friendliness, this store would have easily scored 10/10. The gentleman working there was super friendly and I felt like he already knew me. I would definitely recommend Jubilee Junction Convenience to anybody in the area looking for a good, local convenience store to visit.

*****

RANKING

1. Freak Lunchbox, Bedford – 28/30

2. John’s Lunch, Dartmouth – 22/30

3. Darrell’s Restaurant, Halifax – 21/30

4. The Westcliff, Halifax – 19/30

5. Jubilee Junction Convenience – 18/30

6. Sugah!, Halifax – 18/30

7. Cow’s, Halifax – 18/30

8. The Chickenburger, Bedford – 14/30

*****

If you’d like to find out more on Jubilee Junction Convenience, you can find them at the following:

Jubilee Junction Convenience on Yelp
Jubilee Junction Convenience on Twitter
Jubilee Junction Convenience on Facebook

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Great Halifax Milkshake Search – Sugah!

Sugah!Even though summer has quickly passed us by, my milkshake search continues! With the numerous suggestions given to me when I initially started my search, there are still a few spots left to visit!

Next on my list was Sugah!

Longtime followers of mine already know that I’m a big fan of Sugah. In fact, I’ve not only written a post about them, I’ve taken quite a few pics of me enjoying the surroundings and their fantastic ice cream.

Sugah

I tweeted them awhile back to see to ask if they made milkshakes. I was happy to know that they did.

SugahIt was a cool, quiet Sunday afternoon and the waterfront wasn’t nearly as busy as it was just a couple of weeks prior. The waterfront is one of my favourite spots in the entire city, so to be able to swing around without bumping into people is a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of the summertime crowds.

I entered Sugah with the intention of having a flavourful, thick, vanilla milkshake. Once I ordered, though, I did what I usually do and ordered two milkshakes: a vanilla and a chocolate. I do this just to ensure that I’m reviewing what is normally the product presented at the place in question (any one milkshake can have a “bad day”).

So I received my two milkshakes and this is the end result:

THICKNESS

010The vanilla shake was pretty thick. I took a couple of pictures of the straw in the shake and the straw sitting on top of the shake just to show how thick it was. The chocolate shake, however, did not have the same consistency. In fact, I was disappointed by the overall thickness of the chocolate. I’m not sure if they put in too much milk or blended it too long, but it didn’t quite meet the expectations set by the vanilla. The chocolate, though, was still thicker than some of the other shakes I’ve had so far in my search so I can’t be too hard on them.

Final score: 7/10

FLAVOUR

SugahWhenever one makes a milkshake, you either need some impressively tasty ice cream or you need to add a little sumthin’ sumthin’ to the shake in order to really bring out the flavour. Ice cream and milk is nice, but too much milk or an “okay” ice cream can make the milkshake taste really flat.

Unfortunately, both shakes were a little flat in the taste department. The vanilla was alright, but didn’t really have the vanilla flavour that I was craving. A little bit of vanilla extract can go a very long way when it comes to a milkshake. The chocolate shake was “meh” in taste. I can’t even explain it. Again, I think maybe too much milk?

I’m not sure the reason(s) why, but both shakes disappointed.

Final score: 5/10

PRICE

I’ve mentioned before that the price of a milkshake is dependent upon how much you end up getting. In this case, the price wasn’t too bad at $3.75. However, this was probably the smallest milkshake I have received out of my entire search so far. If you are looking for an inexpensive milkshake and aren’t overly thirsty, then I suppose this is the shake for you.

Final score: 6/10

Sugah*****
I took a couple of weeks off from my search because the last shakes I had were so far above the rest that I didn’t want to taint my findings. As such, I do not believe my final score for Sugah of 18/30 is skewed low because of my previous experience. Would I like to have had a better milkshake? Absolutely. Were they the worst I’ve had so far? Not at all.

RANKING

1. Freak Lunchbox, Bedford – 28/30

2. John’s Lunch, Dartmouth – 22/30

3. Darrell’s Restaurant, Halifax – 21/30

4. The Westcliff, Halifax – 19/30

5. Sugah!, Halifax – 18/30

6. Cow’s, Halifax – 18/30

7. The Chickenburger, Bedford – 14/30

*****

If you’d like to find out more on Sugah, you can find them at the following:

Sugah! website
Sugah! on Twitter
Sugah! on Facebook

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Help Me Be Halifamous!!

Hey everybody!

I know that I’m not the most popular monkey in Halifax, but I’d sure love to get some votes on being “Halifamous”!!

The Coast is currently accepting votes for their annual “Best of Halifax” Reader’s Choice Awards. There are two categories that I would LOVE to get some votes in…

“Best Local Character” – Let’s face it…if I’m anything, I’m a character!! In addition to that, I’m all about promoting Halifax and anything local. So really, this particular choice was pretty much designed for me. How can you NOT want to vote for me? I’m so cute and cuddly!!

“Best Halifamous Person” – I’m still working on this one. I’m not “Halifamous” yet, but I’m getting there.

I mean, I’ve had my photo taken with radio DJ’s…

Tony from XL96 in Moncton

…with local TV weathermen…

Peter Coade

…with local TV news anchors…

Tom & Amy from CBC

…with THE FREAKING MAYOR…

Mayor Kelly
…with some random dudes dressed up for Halcon…

Hal-Con 1 Hal-Con 2

…and with a ton of local business owners.
Fudgy Chicks Food Wolf Foxhill Andrea's Jewellery Nomad Meadowbrook Susie's ShortbreadsHalifax Footlongs

What I’m trying to say is that I’m kinda “Halifamous”. So if you don’t really care about voting for somebody MORE famous than me, I would LOVE if you could take a few minutes to write my name down.

I guess that’s it. My shilling is done for another year. Just take note that my newest milkshake review will be taking place next week. I’ve got to continue the quest to find the best milkshake in Halifax!!