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Is ShakeAway's Millionaire's Milkshake Worth $19.99?

How do you feel about a $19.99 milkshake? At ShakeAway, the worlds largest milkshake-bar franchise, you can sip one and decide for yourself. The U.K.-based chain has recently opened two local shops in La Jolla and Pacific Beach.

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How do you feel about a $19.99 milkshake? At ShakeAway, the world’s largest milkshake-bar franchise, you can sip one and decide for yourself. The U.K.-based chain has recently opened two local shops in La Jolla and Pacific Beach.

ShakeAway prides itself on stocking 180 ice cream flavors, ranging from Mexican Pulparindo to strawberry-flavored Mentos — and those are just the jumping off point for myriad DIY milkshake creations. You can get out of ShakeAway for anywhere from $4.99 for a regular size shake to $19.99 if you go all in for the Millionaire's Milkshake. How on earth does a milkshake get that expensive?

It's all about the bling...

The Millionaire mixes several scoops of custom vanilla ice cream made in San Francisco with two Bourneville dark-chocolate bars — a high-quality chocolate imported from the UK — and a cup of roasted hazelnuts. It’s topped with whipped cream and a final flourish of edible 23-karat gold flakes. (Side note: we opted for half the bling on the shake pictured above.)

When the staff presented it to us, they blew party horns and shouted Millionaire in the house.

So how did our gilded milkshake taste?

Like chocolate and hazlenuts, of course. The gold flakes are 100% flavorless.

Still, the Millionaire's Milkshake has been super-popular at the San Diego ShakeAway locations — both of which say that gold flakes are running low.

Our ShakeAway takeaway is to stick with the best-selling Dave, a milkshake made with the shop's vanilla ice cream, Ferrero Rocher and Kinder Bueno chocolates with Cadbury flakes crumbled on top. You can even order it hot and they'll inject steam into the mix. It's just $6.49 for a regular, which makes it taste even better. . 
909 Grand Ave.; 723 Pearl St., La Jolla; 858-459-0094

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