Cook Out is a popular fast food chain in the southern United States that is known for its burgers, fries, and shakes. Despite being a regional restaurant, Cook Out milkshakes are something of a legend across the whole country.
In this article, you’ll learn what makes Cook Out milkshakes such a magical delight. (Spoiler Alert: You can mix and match over 40 delicious Cook Out milkshake flavors!)
Why Is Cook Out So Popular?
The first Cook Out restaurant opened in Greensboro, North Caroline in 1989. Since then, they have expanded to over 200 stores in the 11 southern states. They are known in the South for high-quality food, low prices and of course, delicious shakes.
Most Cook Out locations have a classic drive-through and many also have a walk-up window to serve more customers.
If you do visit a sit-down location, you’re likely to find personalized regional charm in the decor. You may also hear Christian rock coming through the speakers.
The restaurant is loved for its affordable menu of combo meals like burgers, chicken sandwiches, BBQ and hot dogs paired with fries, onion rings, slaw, hushpuppies and okra.
However, the best thing on the menu is its 40+ Cook Out milkshake flavors that can be mixed and matched to create custom flavors.
Best Cook Out Milkshake Flavors
Below is a list of the 40+ shake flavors that you will find on the Cook Out menu.
- Fresh Banana
- Banana Berry
- Banana Fudge
- Banana Nut
- Banana Pineapple
- Banana Pudding
- Caramel Fudge
- Cheesecake (blueberry, caramel, cherry, chocolate chip or strawberry)
- Hershey’s Chocolate
- Chocolate (double)
- Chocolate Cherry
- Chocolate Chip Cherry
- Chocolate Chip Mint
- Chocolate Malt
- Chocolate Nut
- Heath Toffee
- Orange Push-Up
- Oreo Mint
- Peach Cobbler
- Peanut Butter
- Peanut Butter Banana
- Peanut Butter Fudge
- Red Cherry
- Reese’s Cup
- Fresh Watermelon (July-August)
- Fresh Eggnog (December)
What’s The Most Popular Milkshake At Cook Out?
While there is no official winner when it comes to the most popular shake at Cook Out, there are definitely some fan favorites.
Of the regular offerings on the Fancy Milkshakes menu, strawberry cheesecake, mint Oreo, banana pudding, peach cobbler, peanut butter fudge and chocolate malt flavors are mentioned repeatedly as go-to flavors from die-hard fans.
Can You Mix Milkshake Flavors At Cook Out?
If you’re a fan of both Cook Out milkshakes, you may be wondering if you can combine flavors to create the ultimate treat. The good news is that yes, you can absolutely mix and match different milkshake flavors to create a delicious and unique drink.
Here are some pro tips when mixing milkshake flavors:
- For a guaranteed tasty treat, stick with complementary flavors that will work well together like peanut butter and chocolate, or vanilla with cookies or candy.
- Make sure to balance the sweet flavors of your shake so you’re not hit with sweetness overload. Many people love a mix of sweet and salty. Have you ever dipped fries in a milkshake? It’s delicious!
- Think about how the ingredient textures (crunchy, smooth, creamy) and colors will work together.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment – who knows, you might just come up with the next great flavor combination!
How Many Flavors Can You Get In A Cook Out Milkshake?
There are about 40 different shake flavors offered at Cook Out. However, considering that you can mix and match any flavors, the total number of milkshake flavors you can get at Cook Out is almost endless.
If you need inspiration for your next visit, here are some mixed flavor combinations that customers have tried and loved.
Custom Cook Out Milkshake Flavors
- Oreo Banana Pudding
- Snickers Banana
- Peanut Butter Fudge With Double Reese’s Cups
- Peanut Butter Fudge Oreo Cheesecake
- Eggnog Mint With M&Ms
- Banana Pineapple
- Chocolate Malt With Heath
- Mocha Brownie Cheesecake
- Caramel Walnut
- Mocha Malt
- Caramel Fudge With M&Ms
- Orange Pushup With Chocolate Chips
- Cappuccino Oreo Cheesecake
Are Cook Out Shakes Made With Real Ice Cream?
Cook Out does not have an ingredient list on its website. While the shakes taste like they are made from scratch with real ice cream, some Cook Out employees have mentioned online that they are made with a liquid milkshake and ice cream mix.
Cook Out Milkshake Calories
Depending on the size and flavor ordered, Cook Out milkshakes have between 510-900 calories. Below you’ll find some nutrition information, including calories and fat, for some popular Cook Out milkshakes.
How Many Calories Are In A Cookout Milkshake?
Vanilla: 555 calories, 18 grams of total fat
Hershey’s Chocolate: 620 calories, 18 grams of total fat
Strawberry: 610 calories, 17 grams of total fat
Fresh Banana: 538 calories, 16 grams of total fat
Banana Berry: 671 calories, 16 grams of total fat
Banana Nut: 704 calories, 27 grams of total fat
Banana Fudge: 772 calories, 24 grams of total fat
Banana Pineapple: 566 calories, 16 grams of total fat
Banana Pudding: 781 calories, 26 grams of total fat
Blueberry: 617 calories, 17 grams of total fat
Chocolate Cherry: 665 calories, 17 grams of total fat
Red Cherry: 600 calories, 17 grams of total fat
Fresh Peanut Butter: 847 calories, 45 grams of total fat
Peanut Butter Banana: 864 calories, 43 grams of total fat
Peanut Butter Fudge: 765 calories, 34 grams of total fat
Cappuccino: 555 calories, 18 grams of total fat
Caramel Fudge: 677 calories, 21 grams of total fat
Caramel: 560 calories, 17 grams of total fat
Pineapple: 575 calories, 17 grams of total fat
Snickers: 720 calories, 27 grams of total fat
Hi-C Punch: 598 calories, 17 grams of total fat
Walnut: 856 calories, 40 grams of total fat
Oreo: 802 calories, 29 grams of total fat
M&M: 755 calories, 27 grams of total fat
Oreo Mint: 853 calories, 29 grams of total fat
Peach: 547 calories, 17 grams of total fat
Chocolate Chip: 783 calories, 32 grams of total fat
Chocolate Chip Mint: 834 calories, 32 grams of total fat
Chocolate Nut: 752 calories, 28 grams of total fat
Mocha: 620 calories, 18 grams of total fat
Peach Cobbler: 790 calories, 27 grams of total fat
Reese’s Cup: 894 calories, 37 grams of total fat
Orange Push Up: 638 calories, 18 grams of total fat
Cherry Cobbler: 842 calories, 19 grams of total fat
Chocolate Malt: 671 calories, 19 grams of total fat
Heath Toffee: 701 calories, 28 grams of total fat
Cherry Cheesecake: 925 calories, 42 grams of total fat
Double Chocolate: 651 calories, 17 grams of total fat
Fresh Watermelon: 645 calories, 16 grams of total fat
Philadelphia Cheesecake: 845 calories, 42 grams of total fat
Nilla Wafers: 763 calories, 27 grams of total fat
Mint: 605 calories, 18 grams of total fat
Malted Milk: 606 calories, 19 grams of total fat
Fudge: 754 calories, 25 grams of total fat
Cook Out Milkshake Secret Menu
A secret menu is a list of items that a restaurant may be able to offer but doesn’t advertise. Sometimes secret menu items are created by customers, and other times they’re created by employees.
Due to the “secret” nature of these menu hacks, every location may not be aware of or be able to create the custom menu item you’re asking about.
Here are a few examples of Cook Out secret menu items:
- Cheese Dogs: Similar to grilled cheese, a cheese dog only has slices of cheese, chili, slaw, and onion in a hot dog bun (not an actual hot dog).
- Mexi Dogs: Ask for a hot dog with cheddar cheese, chili, Texas Pete Hot Sauce, diced onion, and chili
- Loaded Fries: You may be able to get your fries topped with bacon or grilled onion
- Nilla Wafer Milkshakes: Nilla Wafers are used in the banana pudding and peach cobbler shakes. If you ask nicely, you may be able to get the cookies added to other flavors too.
There’s no wrong choice when it comes to Cook Out milkshakes. With over 40 flavors to choose from, there’s something for everyone. And if you can’t decide on just one flavor, you can always order a mix-n-match shake. Enjoy!