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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!!

Great Halifax Milkshake Search – Freak Lunchbox

Freak Lunchbox - BedfordA 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!!

Wait…WAAAAAHHHHHTTTTT???

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!

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.

Freak Lunchbox - BedfordSeriously…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…

THICKNESS

Freak Lunchbox - BedfordWithout 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

FLAVOUR

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

PRICE

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

*****

Freak Lunchbox - BedfordMy 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:

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. Cow’s, Halifax – 18/30

6. The Chickenburger, Bedford – 14/30

*****

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

Freak Lunchbox website

Freak Lunchbox on Twitter

Freak Lunchbox on Facebook

Freak Lunchbox in Bedford

Freak Lunchbox in Halifax

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The Great Halifax Milkshake Search – The Chickenburger

The Chickenburger

I’ll be honest right out of the gate here…I feel bad about this review. I know that The Chickenburger is a staple in Bedford and is famous in the area for lots of reasons. The last thing I want to do is come across that I am bashing this restaurant in any way.

However, I need to be honest with these shake reviews…so based on the experience I had with three (THREE!!) different milkshakes at The Chickenburger, this is how the results turned out:

THICKNESS

The ChickenburgerI’m not sure what happened between the time The Chickenburger won awards for having the best milkshakes in Halifax and today, but something isn’t right now. I received vanilla milk instead of a vanilla milkshake. My chocolate shake was actually warm. Ummm…how does that even happen?? Somebody suggested to me that maybe The Chickenburger was using soft serve ice cream to make their milkshakes now, which sounds odd to me but at least would explain things. Regardless, there was barely any thickness to the three shakes I had.

Final score: 2/10

FLAVOUR

More disappointment. The vanilla shake had no flavour at all. The chocolate shake had a bit of an aftertaste. At least the strawberry shake had decent flavour. Still…I had much higher expectations considering the number of recommendations I had been given.

Final score: 4/10

PRICE

The one redeeming part to this milkshake experience was the price. At $3.25 for a large shake, you simply can’t go wrong in terms of value.

Final score: 8/10

*****

The ChickenburgerMy fifth attempt at finding Halifax’s best milkshake ended up with a score of 14/30, which actually puts The Chickenburger in last place.  I feel really bad about this particular review simply because so many people seem to love it there.

After getting some Twitter feedback from another milkshake lover who had a similar experience, though, I feel a bit better about things:

RANKING

1. John’s Lunch, Dartmouth – 22/30

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

3. The Westcliff, Halifax – 19/30

4. Cow’s, Halifax – 18/30

5. The Chickenburger, Bedford – 14/30

*****

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

 The Chickenburger website

The Chickenburger on Twitter

The Chickenburger on Facebook

The Chickenburger on Pinterest

The Chickenburger reviews on Yelp

 

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