F'Real Classic Milkshakes

On late nights, (probably the same kind of nights Fleeper, Erik and I go out searching for Chinese food) we generally make a stop at a Cumberland Farms or a 7-11 to grab some snacks and see what kind of strange convenience store offerings they might have. You might recognize this theme from my berth of Slurpee posts late last year, and now we've found a new frozen treat to try: F'Real Milkshakes.

They just looked...slightly unreal. Milkshakes just have no place in a convenience store. And a milkshake that's stored, indefinitely, in a freezer, and then taken out with the possibility of having an altered texture is just strange. Yes, that's right. You can grab the milkshake and not only have it prepared, but have it to your textural preferences as well- regular, extra thick, or less thick.

We tested two of these to see how good they'd be in comparison to a regular milkshake at regular prices- milkshakes from Herrell's in Northampton and Bart's, both roughly in the $3-4 range, respectively. Compared to this shake at $2.50, this was a steal. We tried chocolate malt and vanilla.The range of flavors is unimpressive. The line itself has a spattering of coffeehouse frappuccinos, smoothies, and the like, but it seems like they're spreading themselves out too thin in a chilly, bipolar episode with all the attempts to pinpoint the trends. Sticking to ice cream seems to be a wise decision. The chocolate malt, on "regular" setting as a control, turned out to be pretty decent. The milkshake came up through the straw at an even consistency and didn't give any extra uneven chunks of ice or leftover powder and the flavor wasn't bad at all.I can't say that it was entirely impressive. It was your average, run of the mill chocolate, and there was less malt than I personally prefer, but if it's 2 AM, where else are you going to get a milkshake fix?The vanilla fared worse for the ware. Deciding to make a thinner milkshake, we experimented with the machine's settings and ended up with something thicker, almost at the consistency of regular ice cream. It was very disappointing, and the flavor was less vanilla and more frozen milk. It was average and we sipped lazily at it before setting it on the table to thaw out a little more, and before we knew it, we'd forgotten about it completely and threw the rest out.

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