These unicorn milkshakes are pure MAGIC! A rich, thick strawberry milkshake is topped with a rainbow of different sprinkles and candies to make a delicious drink fit for a unicorn. Plus, learn how to make this cool polka dot glass effect!

Unicorn Milkshakes - strawberry milkshakes topped with a magical assortment of rainbow candies and treats! | From SugarHero.com

YOU GUYS! I know Starbucks came close to ruining the unicorn trend for all of us (I’m looking at you, weird sour powder on top of a mango drink…) but I need you to put that aside and stick with it for a little while longer. Because I haven’t made one single unicorn dessert yet, and I have a serious case of FOMO, and I want you—no, I NEED you—to experience these super adorable Unicorn Milkshakes with me.

Unicorn Milkshakes - try this fun strawberry milkshake topped with rainbow candies! | From SugarHero.com

First of all, unicorn desserts are about the SugarHero-iest thing I can imagine. Whenever I think about new recipes, I ask myself, does it involve over-the-top decorations and bright colors and have the potential to look like a rainbow exploded all over the place? Yes? Then I am SO ON BOARD.

Secondly, I found these super cute unicorn straws, and if that wasn’t kismet right there, I don’t know what is. A unicorn in a unicorn drink! Perfection.

Unicorn Milkshakes - strawberry milkshakes in a polka-dot glass, topped with lots of rainbow candies. | From SugarHero.com

Thirdly, I was able to bust out SO MANY fun toppers on this milkshake! (And yes, we’re getting to the actual shake in a second…but how can I concentrate on that when there are sparkly things to talk about?)

This baby is covered with all of my favorite things: lots of different sprinkles, including pearlescent gemstones, lollipops, rock candy, wafer cookies, and sour rainbow belts. All of them are optional—the icing on the cake, if you will—so you can use whatever you can dream up. Gumballs! Mini sprinkled doughnuts! Cotton candy! You get the idea.

Here’s the last cute thing to mention about these: see the polka dot designs on the cups? Those are actually mini marshmallows! You can DIY your own polka dot milkshake cups just by sticking the cut ends of marshmallows to the glass on the inside! Totally unnecessary, totally cute. I used multi-colored marshmallows, because, you know, restraint is not in my vocabulary.

Unicorn Milkshakes - strawberry milkshakes decorated with sprinkles, cookies, lollipops, and rainbow candies. | From SugarHero.com

As for the drink itself? It’s strawberry-based, but also has a touch of coconut. Be still my heart.

I used a really tasty coconut-strawberry swirl ice cream as the base. If you can’t find something similar, I think regular strawberry ice cream with a dash of coconut extract would also be delicious!

So there you have it—these are kid-tested, SugarHero-approved. I hope you’ll hop on the unicorn train with me, and give this milkshake a try!

Don’t miss the step-by-step tutorial showing how to make Unicorn Milkshakescheck out the web story here!

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Close up of a Unicorn Milkshake.

Unicorn Milkshakes

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These Unicorn Milkshakes are pure MAGIC! A rich, thick strawberry milkshake is topped with a rainbow of different sprinkles and candies to make a delicious drink fit for a unicorn. 
Prep10 minutes
Cook0 minutes
Total10 minutes
Yields2 large milkshakes

Ingredients

  • 10 oz strawberry-coconut ice cream, (5 large scoops)
  • 1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup fruity miniature marshmallows
  • ¼ cup vanilla frosting
  • ½ cup assorted sprinkles
  • Whipped cream
  • Assorted toppings, like lollipops, rock candy, wafer cookies, etc

Instructions 

  • Combine the ice cream, strawberries, and milk in a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Snip the miniature marshmallows in half. Press the cut half of one marshmallow on the inside of a 10-oz glass, pressing firmly so that it sticks. Continue to add marshmallow “polka dots” inside the glass, and repeat with a second cup until both are decorated.
  • Spread a thin layer of vanilla frosting around the top rim of each cup. Roll the frosting in sprinkles until the edge of the cup is entirely covered.
  • Divide the milkshake between the cups. Top each cup with whipped cream, and add a big pinch of sprinkles to the top of the whipped cream.
  • Now for the fun part…decorating! Add fun and colorful decorations like swirled lollipops, rock candy sticks, sour rainbow belts, wafer cookies, and unicorn straws. Enjoy immediately.

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Recipe Notes

This recipe has been updated from when it was originally published. You can find the original version of the recipe here. 
This recipe yields about 18-20 oz of liquid, which is enough for two decent-sized milkshakes, or four mini milkshakes.
The nutrition facts were calculated using the ice cream, fruit, milk, and whipped cream only. Additional toppings will vary greatly depending on how you choose to decorate your milkshakes, and are thus not included in the nutritional calculation.

Measuring Tips

Our recipes are developed using weight measurements, and we highly recommend using a kitchen scale for baking whenever possible. However, if you prefer to use cups, volume measurements are provided as well. PLEASE NOTE: the adage “8 oz = 1 cup” is NOT true when speaking about weight, so don’t be concerned if the measurements don’t fit this formula.

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Nutrition

Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 214mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 124IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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60 Comments

  1. Cheers to you for letting your son paint his nails <3
    Also, this is without a doubt the most beautiful milkshake I have ever seen!

  2. Made the unicorn mukeshake for my one year old
    Grandbaby b-day party the kids and the adult love it . I usde coconut extract and vanilla International
    Deli creamer.

  3. Have to say everything in moderation and this as a party treat is perfect. My 3 year old daughter today has done a 2.5k park run, horse riding, tennis and swimming and well as playing in the park. It’s really about having children being activity which is a crucial point as well as diet, Don’t take away their childhood! Just remove their technology and tv!

    1. Haha glad to hear it! And it sounds like she got plenty of activity in before enjoying her yummy treat! Glad you liked it!!

  4. My inner 8 year old and my actual 6 year old and 4 year olds are all dreaming endlessly over this one! So, did you get those sprinkles as they are shown, or is it your own combo? Here in outback Aussie I do have envy of the astounding and endless variety available in the US. Thanks for your website for cheering us up and your boy looks so grown up in this pic, I remember him in the 1st birthday pics! PS any time you want to share more birthday cakes….we are patiently waiting! thanks Elizabeth

  5. Super duper! I didn’t use the creamer — so I substituted actual heavy cream. My grandkids loved it, never even noticed it was missing a teeny bit of sugar, what with the sheer number and variety of toppings!
    It was a real event, and I was asked to do it again for a sleepover. BTW we all love the site! So many fun, colorful ideas!