Milkshakes have gone wild on Long Island, crowned with cotton candy, doughnuts, lollipops, mini cupcakes — or all of the above. Glasses might be banded with sprinkles or dusted with graham cracker crumbs. It all makes for a picture-perfect shake primed more for social media feeds than eating. Almost.
Candy Crush at Brixx & Barley
Candy Crush at Brixx & Barley (152 W. Park Ave., Long Beach): Brixx & Barley’s extra-tall shake is a sugar rush of birthday cake ice cream trimmed with rainbow sprinkles, mini cupcakes, cotton candy and a huge lollipop. It comes in glass covered with mini M+Ms. More info: 516-544-4511, brixxandbarley.com
The Queen at Manny’s Sweet Treats
The Queen at Manny’s Sweet Treats (156 Jericho Tpke., Mineola): Manny’s Sweet Treats’ concoction is a showstopper, arriving with pastel tufts of cotton candy, a lollipop and rock candy stick. More info: 516-299-8099, mannyst.com
The Campfire at Burgerology
The Campfire at Burgerology (226 Merrick Rd., Rockville Centre): A frozen s’more in a glass, Burgerology’s take on the summer classic involves vanilla ice cream in a graham cracker-coated glass, topped with toasted marshmallows.
More info: 516-600-9720, burgerologyrvc.com
The Italian Stallion at New York Burger Bar
The Italian Stallion at New York Burger Bar (4225 Merrick Rd., Massapequa): New York Burger Bar’s pastry-laden vanilla shake has butter cookies stuck on its rim, a cannoli resting atop a dollop of whipped cream and bite-size pieces of classic Italian rainbow cookies. More info: 516-799-9199, nyburgerbar.com
Strawberry Shortcake at GM Burger Bar
Strawberry Shortcake at GM Burger Bar, Multiple locations: GM Burger Bar in Massapequa Park (4902 Merrick Rd.) and Rockville Centre (209 N. Long Beach Rd.) offers a handful of specialty shakes served straight up or spiked. This one’s vanilla blended with strawberries in a sprinkle-rimmed glass topped with more fruit, whipped cream and a slice of pound cake to boot. The “Kooky Cookie Dough” (pictured, left) is served with straw-plugging chunks of cookie dough in a glass crusted with miniature chocolate chips and crowned with a homemade cookie sandwich. More info: gmburgerbar.com
Tie-dye milkshakes at Diner by the Sea
Tie-dye milkshakes at Diner by the Sea(260 E. Park Ave., Long Beach): No two shakes are ever exactly the same at the Diner by the Sea in Long Beach. The base flavors range from Twinkie to tiramisu, but the real fun comes in the splashes of neon syrup that line the inside of the glass. Expect lots of whipped cream, perhaps dusted with colored sugar, topped with a trinket toy. More info: 516-431-2233