How to Make the Viral Grimace Shake: A Healthy Version for the Whole Family

How to make viral grimace shake

This recipe will give you a step by step guide on how to make the viral Grimace shake, which the whole family will love. Now that it’s no longer available at McDonald’s, you can learn to make it at home with your children who will love the opportunity to help and try the purple treat. But first, here’s some backstory on the purple monster.

Who is Grimace?

How to Make the Viral Grimace Shake: A Healthy Version for the Whole Family
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The Grimace shake has taken over all of our socials, but who is Grimace? Grimace was first introduced to the general public by Mcdonald’s in 1971. He joined their team of mascots, but not as the same Grimace we know and love today. Grimace was first introduced to the world as “Evil Grimace”, he was a villain on the prowl to steal people’s milk shakes. The original purple monster also featured four arms and he would use these extra limbs to help acquire all the stolen milkshakes.

What actually is Grimace though? In the last 10 years, we’ve seen some tweets from Mcdonald’s that describe the purple mascot as  “the embodiment of a milkshake, though others still insist he’s a taste bud.” And “Grimace lore says he is the embodiment of a milkshake or a taste bud.” So is Grimace a milkshake or a tastebud? That may be up to you to decide for yourself.

The Grimace we see today isn’t evil though, so what happened there? When Roy T. Bergold Jr. was the vice president of advertising for the hamburger chain he decided to revamp Grimace and give him a new look that wouldn’t scare kids as much so the company took off two of the mascot’s four arms and left him as a slightly more friendly purple blob.|

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The Viral Grimace Shake

So how did the grimsce shake trend start on Tiktok? If you are unfamiliar with the Grimace shake trend the videos follow this format: Be excited to try the new Grimace shake, lay dead on the ground with purple milkshake oozing from your mouth. Click the link below for a viral video of the trend.

Millions of creators big and small have taken on this trend, but where did it start and what does it mean? The original creator of this hilarious yet seriously disturbing trend is Austin Frazier. Austin was a smaller creator and he got the inspiration to create this video after seeing a creator do something similar with the Into the Spiderverse burger. Frazier said that the creator of the burger video ate the oddly colored burger and then was “poisoned” on the ground. Frazier thought that the unappetizing color and strange nature of the Grimace shake could make a funny similar video.

The original video Austin Frazier posted didn’t get a ton of attention at first, but it went viral enough to start catching on. Soon enough there were thousands and then millions of videos on TikTok of creators acting as if the Grimace shake was doing horrible things to them. Even the chief marketing officer for Mcdonald’s participated in the wild TikTok trend.

Unfortunately, the massively popular shake is no longer available. It started on Grimace’s birthday on June 12, 2023, and the deal lasted until June 29, 2023. Do not fret though because below I am going to teach you how to make the viral Grimace shake.

The Grimace shake is berry flavored milkshake with a vanilla ice cream base. McDonald’s employees came forward and announced that how to make the viral Grimace shake just requires a few things. The shake is vanilla ice cream and special berry syrup. For this recipe on how to make the viral Grimace shake we have to start with a berry syrup. 

How to Make the Viral Grimace Shake

Ingredients

¼ cup blueberries

¼ cup strawberries

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 cup water

4 scoops vanilla ice cream

½ cup of milk

Directions

  1. Start by making your berry syrup
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat begin to cook down blueberries, strawberries, sugar, and water. Stir frequently
    How to Make the Viral Grimace Shake: A Healthy Version for the Whole Family
  3. Bring fruit to a boil and once it is there reduce to a simmer. Press on the fruits with the back of your spoon to smash
    How to Make the Viral Grimace Shake: A Healthy Version for the Whole Family
  4. After about ten minutes the consistency should be much thicker, remove from the heat
    How to Make the Viral Grimace Shake: A Healthy Version for the Whole Family
  5. Pour through a strainer
    How to Make the Viral Grimace Shake: A Healthy Version for the Whole Family
  6. In a blender, combine four scoops of vanilla ice cream with milk and your berry syrup
  7. Blend on high until completely combined and pour into a cup
    How to make viral grimace shake
  8. Enjoy your very own Grimace shake at home

This recipe for how to make the viral Grimace shake is spot on to the real thing with just a slightly less sickly sweet taste. I find that fast food milkshakes tend to be a bit overly sweet and the overpowering flavor is sugar. With this how to make the viral Grimace shake recipe you still get a delicious sweet flavor, but you also can taste the berries and the vanilla. 

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For a super quick version of this how to make the viral Grimace shake recipe you could skip the steps where you cook down and strain the frozen fruits and instead just throw them in the blender, but this will result in a less smooth Grimace shake with a less opaque signature purple color. If you really wanted to make the color pop you could opt for a few drops of purple food coloring, but I find that if you take the time to make the syrup first this isn’t necessary.

I was very pleasantly surprised by how purple this shake turned out to be completely naturally. The only purple color is coming from the blueberries and they really did their job to get the exact Grimace color. I had even purchased food coloring specifically for this recipe just in case and it wasn’t necessary at all. I was worried when I mad the syrup that this shake would turn out to be pink or red because the syrup appeared to be that color, but once it was mixed in with the ice cream it was the perfect shade of purple.

To make this how to make the viral Grimace shake recipe I used my favorite trusted blender the Ninja Professional 72 Ounce Countertop Blender. This blender is my go to for blending shakes, soups, dips, and more. For this how to make the viral Grimace shake recipe you could even use the single cup attachment for an easy cleanup. 

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