“ 1 Capitol Walk, Congleton,Chesire C12 1WB. Tel: 07979397238 „
Shakeeze is just amazing, you can pick almost any flavor of chocolate bars, or cakes or sweets, and they turn it into a yummy milkshake, prices are very reasonable and larges are massive. i would fully recommend shakeeze as i love it so much and i cant think of anyone who wouldnt! if your ever in congleton, go there!
We are big lovers of anything rich, creamy and packed with calories in our household, so my interest was raised when I heard about a new local business selling milkshakes that are custom made using branded chocolate bars. 'Shakeeze' is a tiny little milkshake and ice-cream shop that only actually opened a few weeks ago in Congleton, Cheshire, but word is spreading fast and my husband came home from work last week clutching a leaflet listing over 70 varieties of chocolate bars and sweets that can be turned into milkshakes in front of your very eyes. Let me tell you that it was no coincidence that a family outing to Congleton (a town that we very rarely visit) was planned for the following weekend!
Anybody who happened to be wandering down Congleton High Street could quite easily miss this tiny little shop, nestled by the little Capitol Walk shopping centre. Like a pauper's grave, there isn't much to identify it or to set it apart from other places. There isn't even a sign up on the shopfront and the only indication of what it actually sells is a small flag advertising Cheshire Farm Dairy Ice Cream (which are also available and is the basis of the milkshakes.) The only thing that would make you take a second look would be the particularly large queue snaking its way out of the door and well on to the pavement. Beyond this rather unassuming exterior, lies a real delight!
From the little information that I had about Shakeeze before our visit, I pictured this as a sort of American style milk bar with bar stools and the milkshakes served in great big chunky glasses. I didn't realise until we joined the queue that this was a takeaway service only and no seating was available inside the shop. There isn't even a little table or seating outside, although this was probably a sensible thing as that would be even more of an obstruction to passers-by. My husband and I had a bit of a heated debate about the lack of seating and whether this was a good set-up or not. His argument was that it would lead to an unsustainable level of extra costs (bigger premises, extra staff etc) but I think this would be a more sustainable option in the long run, especially over the Winter months, as the business would then be able to appeal to a wider audience and maybe branch out into some confectionary-based cakes or hot drinks or something. Anyway, back to those delicious milkshakes...
Shakeeze has a really simple pricing system. All of the milkshakes cost exactly the same amount which makes it no easier to decide between so many delicious sounding flavours but it does make adding up the cost easier. They sell small sizes for £1.50 (which are marketed as children's sizes), regular (£2.50) and large (£3). Between the family, we tried four different varieties all of which were individually made as we waited (which explains the long queue.)
I went for the Milky Way flavour. A regular serving included two small milky ways and a couple of generous scoops of locally produced ice cream all mixed in with lots of fresh milk. All of the shakes are mixed to order while you wait and the shop itself basically just contains three industrial strength top-of-the-range blenders and a giant shelf containing all the different varieties of chocolate. My husband was listening to the owners chatting to another customer and apparantly they spent over £900 on the blenders so these are not your average kitchen equipment! (And believe me, we did some experimenting at home with our own blender the next day and weren't able to recreate the experience, more's the pity!)
I was able to watch the milkshake take shape in front of me and it looked very thick, creamy and tempting. As this was takeway only, the milkshakes are served in plastic 'McDonalds' type containers with straws, but that was very much where any similarity between these shakes and McDonalds ends. They taste absolutely divine! For the purposes of the review, I forced myself (lol) to sample each of the family's chosen flavours and can honestly say that I made the best choice. The milky way flavour was totally distinctive and identifiable but not too sweet. Given the blended nature of the products there were some lumps of unblended nougat right at the bottom of the cup, so these were rescued using the bottom of my straw. The semi-blended milky way just totally melted in my mouth. It was clear that the ice cream used was real, high quality dairy ice cream, no cheap imitations here. Gorgeous!
My husband had a Caramac shake, after much umming and arring between all the different flavours available. I was glad that I didn't go for that particular flavour as it was far too sweet for my tastebuds - not surprising as I watched a whole Caramac bar go into the blender! Because of the nature of Caramacs, this milkshake wasn't quite as smooth and well-blended as mine had been and there were lots of little lumps of Caramac that were detectable which I found off-putting but my husband found to be delicious. The kids had a Wispa variety and Turkish Delight and both were devoured greedily! I thought that the full child- size portion would be far too much for my two year old but he had different ideas and proceeded to wolf down the lot, only stopping sucking when his straw got blocked with slightly too big lumps of Wispa! The Turkish Delight was made from Cadbury's version rather than Fry's but the combination of the rose flavouring and chocolate worked very well as a milkshake and wasn't at all sickly or overpowering. 10 out of 10 for taste and there are still around 66 other varieties for us to try out!
As an occasional, luxurious and deliciously unhealthy treat and for something a bit out of the ordinary, I can fully recommend a visit to Shakeeze. The bad news for everybody out there is that there is currently only the one branch over in Congleton but, to be honest, I could imagine the concept being franchised out and seeing branches springing up all over the country.
The full menu, opening hours and contact details can be found on the Shakeeze website: www.shakeeze.co.uk
Shakeeze is located in Congleton and specialise in custom milkshakes, meaning you can create an a-mooo-zing milkshake from over 70 flavours - including cookie dough & Oreo's!