The sweet sensation known as a FreakShake started trending last summer at a tiny cafe in Canaberra, Australia, where Anna Petridis got tongues wagging with way over-the-top ice cream treats. FreakShakes hit New York City at the beginning of 2016, but these crazy messy creations are still impossible to find outside the Big Apple. So, I decided to come up with a DIY version: the Mega Milkshake.

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What is a Mega Milkshake?

How do you make a milkshake even better? Pile on. The sky's the limit in terms of stacking extra goodies on top of a shake. Cookies, cones, wedges of cake, and pieces of pie... all good. Followed by showers of sprinkles and candy, drizzles of syrup, oh, and don't forget the whipped cream. Stick in a long spoon and a couple of straws, and you've got a party.

What About Doing More with S'mores?

I've always been obsessed with the graham cracker, melted marshmallow, and runny chocolate, so that was the inspiration for my S'mores Mega Milkshake. I'm not alone in the quest for all things s'mores, judging by all the products I found on the supermarket shelves. S'mores mini muffins, PopTarts, cookies, even s'mores ice cream from Ben & Jerry's all play supporting roles in this dramatic staging, with the baked goods mounted on skewers. The key, though, was the marshmallow creme smeared on graham crackers and toasted briefly under the broiler. Regular marshmallows are genius around the campfire, but tricky to brown in a regular kitchen.

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Stay Chill

Timing is everything when building this beast, so make sure you've got all the elements prepped and ready before you start making the shake. Drizzle some chocolate on the rim of the glass and gently dip that into crushed graham crackers. Then freeze the glass. I scooped the s'mores ice cream in advance, freezing it on a plate for about 30 minutes while staging all the toppings.

As soon as it starts to come together, it's also going to start to fall apart, but don't sweat it. The mess is part of what makes it fun.

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Go ahead and pile on! That's the secret of this ultimate shake. Photo by Vanessa Greaves

Sharing is Essential

When I was experimenting in the Allrecipes test kitchen, the shake never failed to make a huge impression. First question was always, "What the heck are you doing?" Then, everyone wanted a taste. I can't remember ever having so much fun sharing something sweet. You could even set up a make your own Mega Milkshake bar and invite a bunch of friends over. Don't forget the rainbow sprinkles!

Become a master mixer by reading Surprising Tricks for Making the Best Milkshakes and then going wild with my S'mores Mega Milkshake recipe.