It鈥檚 a familiar scenario: You鈥檙e kicking back with your buds and suddenly you get a craving for a DQ Blizzard with ALL the mix-ins鈥 but it鈥檚 after midnight, and you have to wait until tomorrow. Or you get a hankering for a Mickey Dee鈥檚 Shamrock Shake, but UGH 鈥 it鈥檚 summertime. You鈥檇 sell your soul for a Sonic Shake, but it鈥檚 not in your area. You crave a Starbucks Frapp茅 in the worst way, but it鈥檚 not in your budget. It鈥檚 even sadder when your favorite go-to drink gets discontinued 鈥 looking at you, Arby鈥檚 Polar Swirl. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so copycat recipes and drink hacks to the rescue! Here are 18 copycat shake recipes you can enjoy whenever a *serious* craving hits.


1. Copycat McDonald鈥檚 Shamrock Shake: If you live for the two months out of the year when you can enjoy this minty concoction in honor of St. Paddy鈥檚 day, you鈥檒l love this made-from-scratch version. The Irish Cream whipped topping is a boozy delight. (via Chocolate Moosey)


2. Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade: Sometimes it鈥檚 so hot outside, the only thing you can do is stay indoors and crank up the air. Or you could just whip up a batch of this frosted lemonade! It鈥檚 creamy, dreamy, sweet, tart and totally refreshing in *every* way. (via The Domestic Rebel)


3. Cotton Candy Blizzard: Delicious and delightful, this DQ copycat will make your day. Dairy-free folks can enjoy this tasty treat by substituting almond or coconut milk. (via Kelley +聽Cricket)


4. Steak 鈥榥鈥 Shake Copycat Mocha Speculoos Cookie Butter Milkshake: If you can鈥檛 stop thinking about Speculoos Cookie Butter since your last visit to Steak 鈥榥鈥 Shake, this cookies and milk shake is for you. If you haven鈥檛 tried it yet, be prepared to feed the addiction. Yes, it鈥檚 that good. (via Bake Happy)


5. Copycat Chick-fil-A Peach Milkshake: You can only get this peach shake at Chick-fil-A in summertime. This copycat recipe features delicious chunks of fresh peaches and vanilla ice cream blended together until creamy smooth. You鈥檙e welcome! (via Delightful E Made)


6. Mock Arby鈥檚 Jamocha Shake: The creamy concoction of coffee, chocolate and caramel you remember is made healthier with protein powder, cottage cheese and pure maple syrup. It may sound too good to be true, but it tastes just as chocolatey and delicious as the real thing. (via Briana Thomas)


7. Lemon Berry Slush: These lemon-berry slushies, made with fresh strawberries and orange juice, can be whipped up in a blender in just a few minutes. It鈥檚 a delicious way to cool down after work 鈥 happy hour, anyone? (via Chelsea鈥檚 Messy Apron)


8. Lucky Charms Avalanches: This shake tastes just like a DQ Blizzard, and when you make it at home, you can choose from a wider range of mix-ins. Like toasted oats cereal with mini marshmallows, for instance鈥 (via Made to Be a Momma)


9. Peach Lemonade Slush: This taste-alike of everyone鈥檚 fave TGI Friday slushie has all the ripe peach flavor you crave in summer, with a requisite pop of tart lemon to quench your thirst. Peach drinks go great with bourbon BBQ, so whip up a batch for your next outdoor get-together. (via That鈥檚 What Che Said)


10. Peanut Butter-Chocolate White Out: Like your fave DQ Blizzard with peanut butter cup mix-ins, this copycat delivers on the flavor front, day or night. No peanut butter cups in the cupboard? No problem. Organic peanut butter and chocolate chips make this version even richer than the original. (via Boulder Locavore)


11. Dairy-Free Wendy鈥檚 Frosty Copycat: You can be slurping down this DF frosty in the time it would take to find your keys, get in your car and pull out of your driveway. No need to waste gas and get stuck in traffic when you can stay home, relax and enjoy all of this frosty chocolate and coconutty goodness right now. Do you need more convincing? (via Healthy Recipe Ecstasy)


12. Clean Shamrock Shake: This copycat shamrock shake is made with protein powder and all-natural ingredients, but it鈥檚 just as creamy, sweet and delicious as the original. The only thing missing is added sugar, artificial flavors and food dye. Clean living FTW! (via Laurenda Marie)


13. Five-Minute Peanut Butter Cup Salted Caramel McFlurry: This creamy, decadent McFlurry copycat is awash in salted caramel and peanut butter, then loaded up with peanut butter cups. Pro tip: Blend Cool Whip into vanilla ice cream to get that authentic McFlurry flavor. (via Layers of Happiness)


14. Samoa Blizzard: In this DQ copycat, chocolate coconut ice cream gets its crunch from the addition of Girl Scout Cookie mix-ins. The whole confection is topped with generous swirls of chocolate ganache. Rally your troops for an impromptu meeting on your porch and you鈥檙e sure to earn a merit badge. (via Spache the Spatula)


15. Copycat Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappuccino: No need to fork over five bucks for what is essentially a cup of sweet frozen milk topped with twice the whipped cream when you can easily hack this Starbuck鈥檚 fave at home. Who knew a little milk and ice could taste so heavenly? (via The Lazy Mom鈥檚 Cooking Blog)


16. Frozen Mocha Frappuccino: If you find yourself making a coffee run at 4pm every day, it鈥檚 time to stock the office kitchen with the essentials. To get a taste-alike shake, just mix any pre-packaged coffee drink with ice cubes in a blender, then top with whipped cream, chocolate syrup and chocolate chips. But you鈥檇 better plan on making a double batch 鈥 when the rest of the office hears the blender, everyone鈥檚 going to want one. (via Jennifer Meyering)


17. Copycat Grape Nerds Slushie: When Sonic came out with their Nerds slush, one sip was like jumping in a time machine. It has exactly that throwback grape flavor you remember. You can get the same effect by freezing grape juice into a slushy and adding grape nerds. The result is fizzy, sweet and delicious. (via Create, Craft, Love)


18. Copycat Canberra Freakshake: You don鈥檛 need to hop a plane to Australia to enjoy the Canberra shake trend that gave the Internet a sugar rush. The copycat treat calls for vanilla ice cream, milk, Nutella, whipped cream, pretzels and pretzel crumbs. Any way you layer it on, it鈥檚 *all* good. (via Michael Wiltbank /聽Domino)

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