Salted Caramel Swirl Pretzel Crunch Milkshakes

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I have the cutest nephew in the entire world, no the entire history of nephews!

Salted Caramel Swirl Pretzel Crunch Milkshakes @Gringalicious (2) Maybe I don’t have a lot of room to talk because I’ve only been an aunt for a few months, and maybe every auntie feels this way. It’s just, I somehow know deep down that there is no possible way another baby could be as cute but I guess I am a bit bias.

Salted Caramel Swirl Pretzel Crunch Milkshakes @Gringalicious (3) He is such an angel, in fact, that we have a running joke about my sister and her husband’s next baby because they have it too easy with their first. You know how everything in life finds a balance eventually?

Salted Caramel Swirl Pretzel Crunch Milkshakes @Gringalicious (4) Well, the joke is that in order for that to happen in this case, their next baby is going to have to be really terrible because of Ryder’s perfection. This is all in jest of course, except for the part about him being perfect, but he is like the happiest baby ever. He spends the majority of the time either laughing, smiling, or baby talking. The rest of the time he is simply very serious or quiet.

Salted Caramel Swirl Pretzel Crunch Milkshakes @Gringalicious (5) The other day a stranger held him and I think it scared him to be in unfamiliar arms so he started to cry like a normal baby does all the time, and I’m not even kidding, I don’t think I’ve ever heard him make that noise. I didn’t even know he knew how because when he’s upset about something he’ll usually just grunt or do this little almost-yell until whatever is wrong gets fixed and then he’s happy again.

Salted Caramel Swirl Pretzel Crunch Milkshakes @Gringalicious (6) I told you I’m bias, but okay, enough bragging on Ryder (even though I could do it all day long!).

Salted Caramel Swirl Pretzel Crunch Milkshakes @Gringalicious (11) So, this milkshake. On a health scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being something really healthy and 10 being something really unhealthy, where would you say this milkshake weighs in? Personally, I’m not really sure. Seriously, you lose your perspective on these things when you live with 12-foot teenage boys whose ideal breakfast is a dozen chocolate chip cookies and a gallon of milk. Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration, but not by much.

Salted Caramel Swirl Pretzel Crunch Milkshakes @Gringalicious (8) Salted Caramel Swirl Pretzel Crunch Milkshakes @Gringalicious (10) I’d have to say it’s about a 7 or 7 1/2 maybe. Fine, maybe if we’re being honest it’s more like an 11 but you don’t have to drink it all by yourself. You can make a double and share it with your besties to split the guilt, how about that? I think there are definitely occasions where a splurge is necessary and part-splurges with friends are even better. Oh, and I used my favorite no corn syrup caramel and chocolate sauce recipes for this! So just do it!

Salted Caramel Swirl Pretzel Crunch Milkshakes @Gringalicious (9)

Salted Caramel Swirl Pretzel Crunch Milkshakes

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 2 large or 4 smaller shakes and extra caramel


  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream (I used the no-churn ice cream in this recipeminus the cookie dough|)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup snack pretzels
  • 1/4 cup salted caramel sauce (recipe follows)
  • Optional toppings:
  • chocolate syrup (I used homemade)
  • sweetened whipped cream
  • chocolate chunks
  • pretzel pieces
  • Salted Caramel Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • a generous pinch of sea salt


  1. First make the caramel. Combine sugar, milk, cream, and butter in a medium saucepan over high heat and bring just to a boil, stirring gently. Immediately reduce heat to medium-low and continue stirring often, every 60 - 90 seconds, until caramel is thickened and smooth, it should take 12 to 15 minutes depending on your stove. Remove from heat and cool for about 30 minutes before making shakes.
  2. Drizzle the bottoms(inside) of your chosen serving glasses with the still-warm caramel and place them in the freezer while you blend up the shakes.
  3. Place pretzels in a blender or food processor and pulse until crumbled. Add vanilla ice cream, milk, and 1/4 cup caramel sauce and blend until as smooth as you like. I left a bit of pretzel pieces for a little crunch but you can blend it smooth too.
  4. If desired, top with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, chocolate chunks, and pretzel pieces and serve!

Salted Caramel Swirl Pretzel Crunch Milkshakes @Gringalicious (7) Salted Caramel Swirl Pretzel Crunch Milkshakes @Gringalicious

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  1. says

    Oh my word! This looks amazing!! Seriously, I’m OBSESSED with that salty sweet combo! salted dark chocolate is one of my favorite things!! 🙂 Such a great combo! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. says

    Milkshakes are definitely not meant to be healthy, but they are delicious! This sounds like such a yummy idea. Plus salted caramel makes everything better!!!

    Aw, that’s so great that you’re nephew is so happy! I feel like those kinds of babies are miracle babies. I, apparently, was a really bad baby – i cried all the time (I’m not surprised though).


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