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Nerds Milkshake Recipe

A new use for your favorite childhood candy, these Nerds milkshakes are fruity, sweet, and so much fun. 

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I have such fond memories growing up of going to church softball games and watching my dad play in the church league. It was a great opportunity to spend time with my friends, and clearly the best part about these evenings was heading to the concession stand and getting some fun treats. One of my childhood favorites were Nerds and to this day they bring back such fun memories.

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When Julie and Lindsay emailed and said they were hosting #MilkshakeWeek, I jumped in on the fun and created a milkshake with these playful candies.

Milkshakes. Ice cream you can drink. Pretty special stuff. Ice cream + Nerds + whipped cream? Now we’re really talking.

You know what might be the VERY best thing about milkshakes? They take about all of two seconds to whip up. A great treat in less than 5 minutes? Count me in.

Nerds Milkshake on RachelCooks.com

This milkshake is versatile too — throw in whatever kind of Nerds you love. My grocery store happened to carry packages with a mixture of grape and strawberry and they made for an absolutely delicious and flavorful milkshake. Plus, fun colors. E’s favorite colors – purple and pink. But what 3 year old girl doesn’t love purple and pink?

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Nerds Milkshake

Yield: 1 milkshake

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

A new use for your favorite childhood candy, these Nerds milkshakes are fruity, sweet, and so much fun.


  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream (or 1 heaping cup)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • one 1.65 ounce package strawberry & grape Nerds candy, extra if desired for garnish
  • whipped cream for topping if desired


In a blender, combine ice cream, milk, and Nerds candy. Blend until smooth. Garnish with whipped cream and additional Nerds candy if desired.

Note: Add more ice cream for a thicker milkshake and more milk for a thinner milkshake.

Verdict: LOVED this — Nerds, milkshake. Yes.

Husband’s take: He liked this too but probably still prefers chocolate.

Changes I would make: None at all are necessary.

Difficulty: So easy!


If you’re looking for more milkshakes, make sure to check out the rest of #MilkshakeWeek! Also — Lindsay and Julie are hosting some fun giveaways that you can check out here and here.


Still craving milkshakes? Try this chocolate chip milkshake or this peanut butter chocolate banana milkshake.



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37 Responses to “Nerds Milkshake Recipe”

  1. Kristen — July 9, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Ever since Sonic came out with their line of Nerds milkshakes on their menu I’ve been tempted, but then always get lured in by chocolate and go that route!
    I may have to give them a try now!

    • Rachel Gurk — July 9th, 2014 @ 8:14 am

      ooh I didn’t even know Sonic had Nerds milkshakes (would you believe I’ve never eaten there?). That’s dangerous knowledge to have though — tempting!!!

  2. Bri | Bites of Bri — July 9, 2014 at 6:35 am

    AWESOME! I haven’t had nerds in years but I remember pouring them directly from the box into my mouth. Great photos by the way 🙂

  3. Erin | The Law Student's Wife — July 9, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Oh how I miss the watermelon laffy taffy (with the sketchy candy seeds) at our local softball games. Love this!

  4. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 9, 2014 at 8:18 am

    How freaking fun is this?!! I haven’t had nerds in FOREVER!!! Love this!

  5. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — July 9, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Emmet always gets the Nerds slushy at Sonic, he is going to love this!

  6. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — July 9, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I absolutely ADORE this milkshake! So fun and inventive. And nostalgic. I love anything that reminds me of childhood.

  7. denise — July 9, 2014 at 9:42 am

    love milkshakes, not really a NERDS candy person–but my kids are!

  8. Sandy @ RE — July 9, 2014 at 10:03 am

    LOVE this combo, Rachel. Totally brings me back to my childhood! So pretty, too!

  9. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies — July 9, 2014 at 10:16 am

    James and I have a friend whose favorite thing in the entire world is Nerds. He can’t get them in England, so we always have to take giant boxes over when we visit. Next time we go, I am totally making him this milkshake!

  10. Becca from It's Yummi! — July 9, 2014 at 10:35 am

    This sounds so fun, Rachel! I haven’t had Nerds in about 20 years 😉

  11. jamie | my baking addiction — July 9, 2014 at 10:49 am

    This milkshake totally made my day and takes me back to my childhood when my brother and I would always order Nerds Blizzards from Dairy Queen! Best milkshake ever!

  12. Liz@Virtually Homemade — July 9, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Oh my goodness my daughter would LOVE this shake!

  13. Lindsay — July 9, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    OMG Nerds. So many memories. Love this idea!

  14. Matt Robinson — July 9, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    I can’t wait to make this for my sons, they will go crazy for this shake!!

  15. sarah k @ the pajama chef — July 9, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    oh yum!! i always got nerds blizzards. so delishhh!

  16. Shaina — July 9, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    I LOVED Nerds as a kid! This is such a nostalgic recipe, love it!

  17. Jackie {The Beeroness} — July 9, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I LOVED Nerds as a kid. watermelon was my go-to

  18. Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — July 9, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    this is so much fun! love this!!

  19. Thalia @ butter and brioche — July 9, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    wow this takes me back to my childhood! awesome recipe and post Rachel… left me feeling incredibly nostalgic. will definitely be creating this recipe at some stage. thanks for the ideas!

  20. Happy Valley Chow — July 9, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    I haven’t had nerds in forever and boy does this milkshake sound awesome! Great job 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  21. Suzanne — July 9, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Nerds take me right back to my elementary school years! I remember hiding them in my desk and sneaking handfuls of them when the teacher’s back was turned. My favorite were the green and yellow ones.

  22. Alaina {Fabtastic Eats} — July 10, 2014 at 12:42 am

    holy moly! I haven’t had nerds in soooo long. They were always in a top fav of mine though! This is so fun!

  23. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — July 11, 2014 at 9:05 am

    My kids would FLIP for this!! Adorable milkshake!

  24. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — July 11, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I am so in love with this!! nerds bring back so many memories for me too. Pinned!

  25. JulieD — July 11, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Holy moly these are total genius! eeek I love it!

  26. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter — July 18, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Wow, what a fun milkshake! Adding the Nerds is such a great idea – love this!

  27. Angie | Big Bear's Wife — August 4, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Oh my, I couldn’t get enough nerds candy when I was growing up! I loved them! My husband just bought a milkshake machine for our house because he is milkshake obsessed! Making this asap!


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