When I was younger, I used to live on milkshakes. Literally. But that’s a story for another time. Today I’m reviewing a particular brand of shake. To me, milkshakes are that mix of nostalgia for your childhood and a sweet treat that makes you feel a wee bit naughty when you’re a proper grown up because they’re so creamy. One of the reasons why I don’t have milkshakes as often as I used to is because they take so long to make and they’re high in calories. Step forward, Jude’s Milkshakes, who take both those concerns away. I received a gift of three cans of the milkshake from Jude’s so I could write an honest review and post on Instagram about the shakes, but all opinions are my own.
You might have heard of Jude’s Ice Cream. That’s where I heard the name from. Created in 2002, the family brand made a name for themselves creating delicious flavours in their barn. They were named after the creator’s wife, Jude. Unfortunately, for me, I can’t try the ice-creams because they contain one of my major allergens, but the milkshakes? I’m all over these. They come in three flavours, namely chocolate, salted caramel and flat white coffee and the cans hold 250ml of shake. They don’t have to be kept in the fridge but I’d recommend chilling them before you drink. It’s just so much nicer to have an ice-cool shake!
One of the selling points for me is that 10% of the profits go to a charity, but I’d love to know more about which charity exactly they go to. Am I supporting a cause I don’t believe in? It’s not clear and perhaps this is for a reason. Maybe they like to support different causes or maybe there just wasn’t enough room on the can. It certainly makes me think positively of the Jude’s brand though because I like a socially conscious company who aren’t all about profit and making money – they like to give back.
I really enjoyed these milkshakes, especially the chocolate one. Obviously I did, that’s my favourite flavour of everything. I like the fact that there is a flat white coffee flavour too though. I’m not sure if there’s caffeine in this – I would assume so. I shared that one with my husband, just in case, and also because he is the coffee fan in the family. He really enjoyed it and is keen to buy more – that’s probably the best compliment anyone can pay a brand, isn’t it? Repeat purchase is a clear sign of approval. As for the salted caramel, absolutely delicious. I did have concerns that it might be a bit too sickly sweet. There are certain salted caramel products that can be a bit much, but this is not one of them. It’s just the right size, and not too salty either.
The good thing is, if you just want a taste, you can open the can and the refrigerate it. As long as you drink it within 2 days, it will stay fresh. What I also like about these is that they don’t need to be chilled, so I can drink a milkshake on the go. Sometimes, you just want something different from a fizzy drink or water and this is a perfect alternative. Another good point is that they are not too high in calories. The salted caramel shake has 61 calories per 100ml, so in the whole can, if my arithmetic is correct, it’s around 152 calories. If you’ve had a low calories lunch this is a great choice of drink. Also, it’s cool, creamy and refreshing and has a lot less calories than my favourite choc-ice brand.
If you’d like to try Jude’s milkshakes, there’s a handy “Where To Buy” section on the website which allows you to enter your postcode and get a list of stockists in your area. It also tells you which of their products are available. For example, the ice-cream is available in my closest supermarket, but the milkshakes aren’t. However, there is another branch of that store in Glasgow that does sell the shakes. How handy is that? Generally, Sainsbury‘s is a good place to try. They cost £1.60 per can in there.
Have you tried any Jude’s products? Let me know what you thought of them in the comments below.