Top 5 places to get great shakes


It’s 9 p.m. on a Friday night and everyone is starting to get that sugar craving, or if it’s finals week you need a break from studying and need something to get your energy up again. Treats that come to mind are ice cream, yogurt, malts, but suddenly someone says “shakes!” With so many options to choose from it can be tough to decide.

One of Karli Sibley’s favorite places to get a shake and break away from everything is Cafe West.

“I love the shakes at the hospital,” she said. “It’s such an unexpected place to find shakes. I love their Oreo shake. It is rich and creamy, but the best part about the hospital is it is open anytime. Perfect break from a late night study session.”

Here are my top five places to get shakes.

5. Iceberg Drive Inn (180 N. State Street, Orem)

Iceberg has an array of flavors to choose from. Some of the favorites that people choose from are Grasshopper, which is a mint chocolate chip taste and Triple Berry, with a mix of black raspberry, strawberry and red raspberry. With four sections to choose from on the menu: original, house favorites, specialty and specialty with nuts. The sizes come in mini and regular. Minis start at $3.69 for an original, $3.99 for a house favorite, $4.69 for a specialty and $4.99 for specialty with nuts. Regular starts at $3.99 for an original, $4.69 for a house favorite, $4.99 for a specialty and $5.69 for a specialty with nuts.

4. JCW’s (396 W. 2230 North, Provo)

Just like Iceberg, JCW’s has a wide variety of flavors. It also has a shakes and specialty shake section on the menu. Some of the specialties are peach cobbler, peanut M&M and strawberry cheesecake. Specialty shakes start at $4.29 for a small and $5.39 for a large. The regular shakes section has: blackberry, brownie and cookie dough, with smalls starting at $3.99 and larges at $4.99.

3. Cafe West aka Utah Valley Regional Medical Center (1034 N. 500 West, Provo)

You might think that being in a hospital the cafeteria food can’t be good, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Located in the west building on the first floor, Cafe West offers delicious food and shakes. They have some pretty amazing chicken fingers and corn dogs, but the best thing on the menu is the shakes. They don’t have as large a menu as these other places but the quality is comparable. The flavors to choose from are Oreo, chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, for a price of $3. The best part about the hospital cafeteria is it is open 24 hours.

2. The Malt Shoppe (1290 N. University Ave.)

The Malt Shoppe is that old-fashioned restaurant. It feels like it has been around since your grandparents were your age. it offers an old-fashioned jukebox jamming out hits from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, and almost any shake you could think of, from fruit shakes to candy bar shakes and specialty shakes. Some examples are apple cobbler, butterscotch and peanut butter. Regular-sized shakes are $3.59 and a large is $4.09.

1. Sammy’s (27 N. 100 West)

Sammy’s is the clear number one with the variety of shakes they offer. The best shakes they have are the real pie shakes. When you order a real pie shake a piece of your choice of pie is blended into your shake. Some flavors offered are banana cream, apple cobbler, blueberry and coconut cream. Real pie shakes are $4.29. Continuing down the menu the next kind of shake is a cupcake shake. Just like the real pie a cupcake is mixed into your shake. Some flavors are raspberry lemonade, carrot and key lime. The price for those are also $4.29. Finishing off the menu, Sammy’s also offers normal shakes with flavors like Snickers, Butterfinger and banana. These shakes are $3.99.

No matter what place you choose, that sugar craving will be cured.

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