This milkshake has nearly as much added sugar as a liter of Coke

“Sweetening the bottom line with milkshakes,” ran the headline in Nation’s Restaurant News in 2016.

“While classic milkshake flavors never go out of style, there continues to be the rise of a full dessert you can sip through a straw,” said the director of marketing for Roy Rogers.

Dessert through a straw. Just what America needs.

Burger King was quick to jump on the shakewagon, with a 720-calorie Froot Loops Shake. And Arby’s is pushing a 960-calorie Large Cookie Butter Shake.

Not to be outdone, Denny’s is offering a Cake Batter Milk Shake. What better way to top off your (1,500-calorie) Slamburger and fries than with “vanilla ice cream blended with cake batter and confetti sprinkles…topped with whipped cream and more confetti sprinkles.”

Now you can have your cake and…um…drink it, too.

Denny’s shake lumbers in at 1,090 calories and 37 grams of saturated fat (a two-day supply). Its estimated 100 grams of added sugar—about 24 teaspoons’ worth—is almost what you’d get in a liter of Coke.

You’d be better off blending a Twinkie with an entire (14 oz.) container of Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream. Heck, you’d be better off ordering two slices of Denny’s New York Style Cheesecake.

Whatever you do, don’t drink to that.


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6 Replies to “This milkshake has nearly as much added sugar as a liter of Coke”

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  2. Whole lotta shakin’ going on! I have been subscribing to and sending gift subscriptions of your newsletter to family members for years. Well written and researched, with reliable and actionable information. On a recent visit to my 91-year-old mother, we were at the grocery store to pick up some bread and she told me get a particular brand because Nutrition Action endorsed it!

  3. We hear what is NOT good for you. How about a line or two of who maybe has a good shake at lower calories. Everyone would like a good milkshake at least once a year!!

  4. Really love your magazine – subscribed for many years, and then somehow missed a couple of years. Receiving it again and so happy to know that what I’m reading is the truth – what we should and shouldn’t be putting in our bodies. It is a “bible” to me. I don’t trust any other magazines or articles.

    Keep up the good work. I have learned sooooooooo much and follow all your recomendations.

    Can’t believe MacDonald’s and Denny’s are allowed to sell such outrageous drinks! And don’t parents know better??

  5. We have a few “chain” places in town that specialize in ice cream. There is a part of me that would love to indulge in a shake or other treat but I also feel at my age and with digestive issues, I wonder if it would be the wisest thing to do-and I definitely don’t need the calories! So if I really want a frozen treat I will watch for a sale on the individual Friendly’s ice cream sundae cups or a half gallon of ice cream which I will stretch out. I also have been known to keep a container of Extra Creamy Cool Whip in my freezer (not always easy to find in the stores near me) and just enjoy a tablespoon of that here and there.

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