Try my method for a sensational peach milkshake that tastes just like the Chick-Fil-A peach shake, and you can even savor it on a Sunday!
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Peach Milkshakes are a real sensation here in the South. So much so, that popular fast food chain Chick-Fil-A has somewhat of a “coming out party” annually for the much-acclaimed summer treat. In the beginning of June, Chick-Fil-A began advertising the date that their popular Peach Milkshakes would unveil. June 29th. I wondered if people added a note to their calendars for something like this as I chuckled to myself. But, and only after tasting one, did I think to myself ‘of course they do.’
What!? You've NEVER had a Chick-Fil-A Peach Milkshake?
Growing up in New Jersey, and more specifically the Basking Ridge - Bernardsville area where fast food restaurants were not permitted until I was nearly in high school, I had no blooming idea what Chick-Fil-A even was. The first, and I think only fast food restaurant to ever move in, was a Burger King in the King's shopping plaza in Bernardsville. I was not allowed to frequent that new found teen hangout because my parents were simply not okay with me 'hanging out' anywhere really. Fast forward to 2005 when I moved below the Mason Dixon Line and settled here in Charleston. A whole different set of fast food restaurants that I had NEVER heard of. Chick-Fil-A among them. I am not a fan of fast food. I will not eat it, period. Albeit they are in fact fast food, I've come to look at Chick-Fil-A a bit differently. Their stores are known for being hyper-radically clean, they offer a speedy service experience, their chicken is downright tasty, and they obey a faith-based and gratitude adhering business model. I respected this from day one. It's also why every now and again, I allow myself a treat from Chick-Fil-A.
Warm summer days beckon yummy frozen treats, and a peach milkshake definitely fits the bill.
The Chick-Fil-A Peach Milkshake tastes like late summer in a soda fountain glass. Their shake only sticks around for a short window, so the idea of ‘you need to get one while you still can’ is brilliant. Thing is, it is true if you think about the window for fresh peaches. It’s a short one for sure. And with the pandemic still somewhat ‘hot’ in my immediate area of Charleston, South Carolina, I decided to gamble with having InstaCart deliver some vanilla ice cream to the house on one of our many 100+ degree days and try this shake at home. Seems like it’d be easy, right? Well, it took a few tries to get ‘their’ milkshake, but I got it alright…at least I think so!
The folks over at the Chick-Fil-A test labs…I’m being funny…created a super-peachy milkshake that is not overly sweet. It’s pleasingly super-peachy. I had nabbed some fresh local peaches from our local Ruke’s Farm Stand and placed them all in a paper bag to let them ripen. I wanted them overripe. If you love peach, this quickie frozen treat is going to bowl you over. With just a few ingredients you can have a sweet treat on a warm afternoon. I figured it was time to post the method.
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The below shake recipe features in-season peaches. Contrary to some recipes I've read through that call for peach ice cream, I am using vanilla. Quality vanilla. This milkshake recipe also uses whole milk. This is not by accident. I finish just as Chick-Fil-A does and add whipped cream. I tried this with frozen peaches, and it was good. Simply better with fresh. Why? Because we can hasten their overripening to the extent that the “frozen at their peak” peaches cannot offer. Canned peaches were good, but largely the same resounding meh that the frozen peaches received. Fresh is just the best. Fresh and overripe, then frozen for about an hour before turning into a delicious frozen August sensation. This copycat Chick-Fil-A peach milkshake recipe is worth sharing, so buy LOTS OF PEACHES!
I initially pureed the peaches before combining with the remaining shake ingredients, but it wasn’t right. Good, but not right. The Chick-Fil-A peach shakes have discernable bits of peach, not just peach flavor, so my successful attempt was proven when I added the partially frozen peach slices to the blender along with the other ingredients. Bits of peach small enough to slurp up through my straw and the super-peachy copycat Chick shake I was going for.
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Ingredients for Copycat Chick-Fil-A Peach Milkshake
- 4 large overripe peaches I place peaches in a brown bag for several days to coax ripening, turning them daily
- 2 pints quality vanilla ice cream, softened
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon quality vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
- pinch Kosher salt
- whipped cream, cherries, or peach wedges for garnish
Skin and Stone the Peaches
- Prepare a sheet pan large/small enough to fit into your freezer with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large pot over high heat, bring 4 quarts of water to a boil. While waiting for the water to boil, fill a large bowl with ice cubes and water.
- Once the water has come to a boil, turn off the heat. Plunge the peaches into the boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes before removing with a large slotted spoon and plunging into the ice water bath.
- Using a sharp paring knife, cut the peaches in half and remove the stone. At this point, the skins should be readily peel-able. Use the paring knife to start if necessary.
- Cut the peeled and stoned peach halves into wedges and place on the prepared parchment-lined sheet. Place into freezer for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Place all ingredients into a blender with frozen peach slices and blend for 1 minutes or until thick.
- Pour into 4 glasses. Top with whipped cream, and if desired, cherries. I opted for additional peach wedges 🙂
Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.