A thousand thoughts were racing through my brain. Depression was setting in. At this stage in the Great Halifax Milkshake Search, was it possible that I was beginning to lose my love of milkshakes? Maybe McDonald’s was the way to go? Maybe artificial shakes were infinitely better than real ones? Perhaps my expectations were simply too astronomically high? Was it possible that nobody in the greater Halifax area knew how to make an awesomely thick, flavourful milkshake??
Of course, these are some of the things I was thinking BEFORE I visited Freak Lunchbox in Bedford.
I’m a monkey with a sweet tooth so I was already pretty familiar with Freak Lunchbox and the items that they have to offer. It’s funny…there’s so much candy there, you wouldn’t think that they’re hiding ice cream behind the cash register area. But yet, when I swung inside I noticed a big sign on their wall that not only said homemade milkshakes, but also that I could combine up to THREE different flavours!!
I know I’m not supposed to take pictures inside of Freak Lunchbox…I just needed a pic of the sign. It’s the only interior shot…I swear!
The very friendly service-person (candy barista?) looked at me and asked me what I was looking for. Without telling her my exact mission, I said that I was a monkey looking for a great tasting milkshake and if she could recommend anything. She said that her particular favourite was a maple/Nutella shake.
Let me say that one more time…MAPLE & NUTELLA.
I jumped all over that in a heartbeat. But I then thought about some of the issues I had a previous locations where I was disappointed. I didn’t want that to happen so I ordered a second shake with a different flavour combo…this time chocolate and peanut butter!
I have to stress right now that I feel bad for not remembering the young woman’s name at Freak Lunchbox who looked after me. She was so excited to make these milkshakes…her enthusiasm was infectious. She not only whipped up these shakes, but asked if I wanted them thick or on the thinner side (thick, please!). She then took a LOT of time and effort to make the shakes from scratch, which I absolutely appreciated.
Seriously…she took a long time to make these because she was ensuring that everything was being mixed together properly without becoming too watered-down and thin. If you work for the Freak Lunchbox in Bedford or (better yet) own that location, please ensure that whomever was working the afternoon of Sunday, August 29th and made these two shakes is commended for both customer service and customer satisfaction.
BEST. MILKSHAKES. EVER.
While I plan on finishing out my quest to find the best shakes in the city, I don’t know how anybody else is going to beat Freak Lunchbox. These shakes were so far above and beyond everything else I’ve had so far that it just doesn’t seem fair.
Here is how the points breakdown goes…
Without a shadow of a doubt, this was the thickest milkshake I had since beginning my quest. These milkshakes were provided with an extra-wide straw (you can kind of tell by the photo). That first attempt at sucking up the shake was met with nothing. Even with the extra-wide straw, the shake was TOO THICK to go up into the “suck zone”. I can’t tell you just how impressed I was. FINALLY!!
Final score: 10/10
I can tell you, without a shadow of a doubt, that the maple-Nutella milkshake was one of the best milkshakes I have ever had in my entire life. Trust me when I tell you that I’ve had a TON of milkshakes in my day, so this is praise that isn’t just thrown out there for any ol’ reason. The chocolate-peanut butter shake was also incredibly tasty. I almost tripped over my own tail from the excitement of the whole situation. These two milkshakes were absolutely FULL of flavour. I was literally saddened when they were gone.
Final score: 10/10
As noted originally, I expected the average price of a thick, homemade milkshake to be in the five dollar range. These milkshakes were only $4.49 each. So not only would that be a pretty decent price for a normal shake, but for the amount of milkshake that you got in addition to the incredible taste sensation…I was all too happy to dish out under $11 total for the two milkshakes. TOTALLY worth the price!
Final score: 8/10
My sixth attempt at finding Halifax’s best milkshake might be the one that beats down all of the rest. Freak Lunchbox ended up with a score of 28/30, which not only puts it in first place, but it represents the near-perfection that was their maple-Nutella milkshake. I had the shake on Sunday and I wanted to go back on Monday to get another one. I’m writing this on a Tuesday and I *STILL* want to go back for another one. Having said that, rest assured that I won’t return until I have tried at least FOUR more milkshakes. I owe it to you, Halifax, to really make sure I’ve tried the best of the best. So for right now, here are the latest rankings:
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. Cow’s, Halifax – 18/30
6. The Chickenburger, Bedford – 14/30
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