Spoon It or Slurp It? {Recipe: Wendy’s Copycat Frosty}

Wendy's Copycat Frosty Dessert from www.dineanddish.netThere seems to be two distinct camps when it comes to milkshake / frozen ice cream drinks. There is the one camp who thinks a milkshakes should be easily slurped through a straw, with just the right amount of effort, but not so much that you struggle. Then there seems to be the camp of people who firmly believe milkshakes are not something you drink… they are to be spooned out of their glass, no straw required.

I’m in the straw camp. My husband is in the spoon camp.

For me what it comes down to is this…I really don’t want to have to work to drink my milkshake. It shouldn’t be an exercise for my cheeks to try and pull the deliciousness through the straw… it should be an effortless experience.  In short, I’m lazy.

If you are in the spoon camp (like most of the people who joined in on this conversation), I’m going to assume you love a good Wendy’s Frosty. Am I right? No matter how hard you try, it is impossible to drink a Frosty with a straw… you must use a spoon! Spooners rejoice!

Wendy's Copycat Frosty Dessert Recipe

I got this recipe from Becky Austin over at Food.com. Becky made her version in one of the giant ice cream freezers. I just have one of those handy Cuisinart Ice Cream Freezers, so adapted it to fit what I owned.

If you love a good Frosty from Wendy’s and are a spooner when it comes to milkshakes, this is one recipe you’ll love! Enjoy!

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A special summertime treat. Adapted from Food.com
  • 6 ounces Cool Whip, thawed
  • 7 ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • ½ gallon chocolate milk (you may need a little less...just pour to the fill line on your ice cream maker)
  1. Add Cool Whip and Sweetened Condensed Milk to the freezer bowl of your ice cream maker. Stir together until smooth.
  2. Pour in chocolate milk, until up to the fill line on your ice cream maker. Stir together.
  3. Turn on your ice cream maker and freeze for 30-45 minutes, or until Frosty is at desired consistency! Serve frozen, with a spoon.


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    • says

      Hi Sandy –
      I’m honestly not sure… I haven’t had experience making it without a machine and am not sure if it would turn out right with just mixing and freezing. I’m sorry I don’t have an answer for you!

    • Cher says

      Before I got my ice cream maker I used a really cheap (although more tedious) alternative of taking two tin cans, one large four-quart and one smaller one-quart can, both with lids (you can buy plastic ones) and you put the ice cream mix in the small one, then the small one in the big one and fill the extra space with the ice, then you roll the can around to mix it (a great way to keep kids busy!) until the mix is frozen, and you can check on the inside every so often to make sure the lid is still on. It only makes a quart at a time, but you get exercise in the process! :)

  1. j- Lantz says

    take an ice tray and freeze your chocolate milk in cubes, once frozen put in blender add a little bit of sweetened condensed milk and about 6 tablespoons of cool whip and blend perfect frosty every time

  2. cheryl says

    I wonder if it would work with whipped cream instead of cool whip? can’t stand the taste of all those chemicals.

    • Laurie Krotz says

      I am going to try it tonight. I too hate the taste of Cool Whip with all the chemical crap in it. I am sure it will work just fine because most of the recipes for ice cream made in the maker calls for milk or cream…not Cool Whip.

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  4. says

    I make a concoction that tastes very similar to a Frosty. Spoon out some chocolate ice cream. You need a mild, milk chocolate flavor, not a fancy dark chocolate. Honestly, cheap ice cream works best. Pour in just a splash of Dr. Pepper and stir. If the mixture is too thick, add some more cola. Quick and close to the real thing. Cherry coke works, too, but the Dr. Pepper works better.

  5. kelli slawson says

    I made this.. I don’t have an ice cream machine and I watched a video that said no worries put mixture into a plastic bag and knead it during the freezing process.. I did this and it turned out wonderful… it was a perfect cool and refreshing treat for a hot summer day…..


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