Friday, March 17, 2017

The Extended Cut

Well team, its been a while since the last update.  In years past this would mean that I just haven't had the time to get milkshakes, this year that is not the case.  I just haven't had time recently to type up reviews.  Senior year is starting to get crazy and senioritis is effecting the regularly scheduled blog postings.  Thankfully spring break is here so I can finally deliver a massive update.  Usually the standard blog update features three to four milkshakes.  This blog is double that.  I could space out the posts and reap the Facebook likes and page views but I'm not that kind of person so instead I present you a massive 6 milkshake update.  This is a giant undertaking for me, instead of the usual 15 to 20 minutes a blog post takes, this one could take over half an hour but I'm determined to give you this review in its entirety.

The first milkshake in this long list is Double Chocolate.

Double chocolate is exactly what it sounds like.  It is vanilla ice cream with double the amount of Hershey's syrup infused into it.  While the first one struggled in certain areas with chocolatyness the consistency of this milkshake was much better although the pesky syrup after tastes still exist.

Consistency- 4/5- Like I said, better than regular chocolate but it still left a little to be desired.

Taste- 4/5- To me Frostys are the gold standard of soft serve chocolate ice cream.  If that is a 5/5, this one was pretty close but not quite there.

Overall- 8/10- Definitely an improvement over Hershey's Chocolate but not quite at that level of a Wendy's Frosty.  Akin, to an Honors student who gives a presentation over a topic they googled the night before, smart enough to know what they're talking about but still far from perfect.

Secondly, we have a contender for the Cookout Chocolate Milkshake King crown, Chocolate Malt.

Chocolate Malt is the superior of the three Cookout milkshakes, the other two I can speculate how they are made.  If I had to guess how chocolate malt is made, I'd say Cookout quickly speeds to Wendy's, orders a Frosty and speeds back.  It is a worthy competitor indeed.

Consistency- 4.5/5 Still not completely perfect but quite close.  The chocolate was much better distributed and the Hershey's syrup nonexistent.

Taste- 4.75/5- It is so, so, so close to being a Frosty but alas it is not quite there preventing it from getting a perfect 5 here.

Overall- 9.25/10- Tough math there.  The Chocolate Malt milkshake is head and shoulders the best chocolate milkshake at Cookout and a worthy competitor to other restaurants.

Moving away from the chocolate we have Strawberry Banana.

Banana Berry is listed on Cookout's menu with a 3 next to it.  I imagine that means that there are three variations depending on the berry mixed in.  I will further investigate and if this is not the case, you received a free review!

Consistency- 4.5/5- These two flavors mixed together pretty well.  There were certain times where one was noticeable without the other but overall it was well done.

Taste- 5/5- I think I finally managed to get some fresh banana.  This milkshake restored my faith in banana milkshakes.  This was really good, the flavors just play off of each other so well.

Overall- 9.5/10- Overall this milkshake was really good and a welcome surprise.  Although I really enjoy strawberry milkshakes, I was worried that the banana would taint it.  Thankfully, it did not.

Now we move onto the walnut category with the Walnut milkshake.

I had this milkshake not at my local Lexington Cookout, but in Huntington, West Virginia. I was excited to test out another Cookout.  While the food was comparable unfortunately this particular milkshake was not.

Consistency- 3/5- The consistency of this shake was not good.  It consists of vanilla ice cream, walnut mixed in, and some sort of walnut syrup.  It was weird.  The entire first half of the milkshake was only vanilla ice cream, all of the walnuts settled at the bottom with the nasty syrup at the very bottom.

Taste- 3.5/5 - I only finished this milkshake for you guys.  It was bad.  At the end I was gagging.  I don't mind walnuts usually but this was bad.  The syrup, which I guess was designed to improve the taste, didn't.  It was the worst part.  I can still picture the taste and it has been three weeks.

Overall- 6.5/10- Overall this has been my least favorite milkshake, we'll see if it sticks.

Next up in the walnut category is Banana Nut.

I was not looking forward to this milkshake.  As I've stated, banana's track record has been spotty at best and walnut made me gag.  This could be the end of my epic journey.

Consistency- 4/5- Luckily it was not.  The banana and walnut mixed together well.  It looked like significantly fewer walnuts were used in the shake which was greatly appreciated and the banana was once again fresh.

Taste- 4/5- The banana also helped to mask the walnut flavor.  With the banana tasting good, this milkshake couldn't be too bad.

Overall- 8/10- Thankfully a step up from the awfulness that was Walnut.

Our last shake of the day is also the last in the nut category.  It is Chocolate Nut.

Consistency- 4.5/5- This one was really good too.  The walnut was cut by the chocolate but it also prevented the chocolate from being too much.  It mixed together really well and the nuts were distributed well throughout the shake.

Taste- 4.5/5- I'm not usually a huge fan of chocolate shakes, but I would say this one tasted slightly better than the banana and the thicker flavor that chocolate provides helped to keep the nuts from being overpowering as well.

Overall-9/10- Chocolate Nut takes the crown for best walnut milkshake at Cookout as well.