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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!


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes


A special summertime treat. Adapted from Food.com


  • 6 ounces Cool Whip, thawed
  • 7 ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/2 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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  1. I love a frosty!! I had more in my college years than I care to remember. Fast food restaurants in nyc tend to be on the sketchy (dirty) side, and we usually avoid them, so you’ve really made my day with this recipe!

  2. I’m a straw person too! However, when it comes to Wendy’s Frosty’s, my kids prefer to eat them via french fries (barf!!). This looks great Kristen!

  3. I am seriously drooling right now!! I need to make this very very soon! Thanks Kristen! :)

  4. This looks so good, I love the frostys! Did you notice that the bubbles in your photo almost look like smiley face! Lol.

  5. I’m in the straw camp… I don’t want to work to eat my fattening food! But the kids live the spoon so maybe I will break down and make this!

  6. I really wish I had the ingredients for one of these right now. Amazing! I prefer a straw but if I’m being honest with myself, I’d rather enjoy one of these with Wendy’s french fries. :-)

  7. The Husband says:

    If at Wendy’s why not just get two, one to eat with a spoon and one to eat with a straw…

  8. Holy yum! It’s been so long since I had a Frosty! This looks so good, I’m all about spooning it!

  9. OH heavens, this is NO GOOD for my waistline but SO GOOD for my tastebros ;)

  10. I can honestly go either way, spoon or straw! This looks so good, I have not had a wendy’s frosty in YEARS!! I am now madly craving this!

  11. This a really tough question. It really depends on where the frosty comes from on whether I want a spoon or straw. I know I had to be difficult on this comment.

  12. It’s been a while since I had a delicious frosty! Oh my yum, I want it now :D

  13. That seems simple enough. I’ll give it a try this weekend.

  14. Kristen, I am with you…straw to sip on for milkshakes. However, I view Wendy’s Frosty as a “frozen treat” and not a milkshake, so spoons up! Thanks for sharing this homemade version of a childhood classic! xo

  15. Amazing! And by using low fat versions of all, you get to shave off a few calories from the Wendy’s monstrosity. Great job! :)

  16. Love Frosty’s! I’m both when it comes to milkshakes. Spoon, straw, I’ll take it any way I can get it. Can’t wait to try this!

  17. I love Frosty’s! I am normally split on this, half spoon half straw. Some parts get so melty you need the straw otherwise it is like eating Frosty soup.

  18. This looks amazing but I’m going to have agree. I’m totally in the straw camp, but I’ll make an exception for this treat!

  19. I haven’t had a frosty in forever (okay, maybe a few months or so…but still)! Thanks so much for this, going to give it a try :D

    -Danielle @ Busymomshelper.com

  20. I love this recipe because it makes very rich milk shakes without any ice cream. I don’t always have ice cream in the house because the kids eat it so fast. With this recipe we can have delicious frosty milk shakes for a fraction of the cost of those using ice cream. And all the ingredients are on the pantry shelf.


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