Tangled Web Shakes


For a Halloween dessert elegant enough to serve at a dinner party, assemble these chocolate-caramel milk shakes. A salted caramel web garnish gives a nod to spooky dessert territory without being over-the-top ghoulish.

Tangled Web Shakes
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Total Time:
30 mins


  • Caramel ice cream topping

  • Dark chocolate ice cream topping

  • cup sugar

  • Coarse sea salt

  • 6 cup vanilla ice cream

  • ¾ cup milk

  • 3 tablespoon caramel ice cream topping

  • 3 tablespoon dark chocolate ice cream topping


  1. Drizzle caramel topping in a zigzag design inside each of eight 5- to 6-ounce glasses. Drizzle chocolate ice cream topping into each glass. Arrange glasses on a tray; freeze until needed.

  2. Butter a large piece of foil; set aside. In a large heavy skillet spread sugar in an even layer. Heat over medium-high heat until sugar begins to melt, shaking the skillet occasionally; do not stir. When the sugar begins to melt, reduce heat to medium-low and cook about 5 minutes more or until all of the sugar melts and is golden, gradually stirring the melted sugar into the unmelted sugar with a wooden spoon. With a spoon, immediately drizzle the melted sugar in eight circles (each about 3 inches in diameter) onto prepared foil, drizzling zigzags inside the circles to resemble webs. Quickly sprinkle each with salt.* Set aside until needed.

  3. Just before serving, in a blender combine half of the ice cream, half of the milk, half of the 3 tablespoons caramel topping, and half of the 3 tablespoons chocolate ice cream topping. Cover and blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down side as needed. Pour ice cream mixture into four of the prepared glasses. Repeat with the remaining ice cream, milk, caramel topping, and chocolate ice cream topping. Top each with one of the salted-caramel webs.

*Test Kitchen Tip:

The sugar will harden quickly, so it is helpful if someone else sprinkles salt on the webs right after drizzling as you continue to drizzle the melted sugar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

370 Calories
14g Fat
57g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 370
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 269mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Total Sugars 52g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 171.6mg 13%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 291mg 6%
Folate, total 8.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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