Good news: you can make a homemade chocolate frosty. Better news: It's high-protein & easy to make. The best news: I'll show you how—right now.
What is a frosty?
It's a snowman, with a corncob pipe and a button nose.
It's a snowboarding trick (probably), as in, check out this sweet backside 360 frosty.
Or maybe... it's... I don't know. A frosty is a shake, right?
Not quite! A frosty is its own thing—not ice cream, exactly, but not milk either. You can consume it with a spoon, a straw, or a french fry.
Copycat chocolate frosty
Some people are amazing at taking a beloved food item off of a popular menu and recreating it accurately at home. I've seen this done. I've done this!
But that's not what my homemade chocolate frosty recipe is trying to achieve. Instead, I'm going to show you how to make a dessert that looks and tastes a lot like a frosty—maybe even better?—but uses ingredients you can find at the store.
Plus, though it's not trying to be a health food, my recipe sneaks some protein powder in to supplement your gains. I'll drink (or eat, or dip) to that!
Homemade chocolate frosty ingredients
Here's what goes in to creating my spin on the chocolate frosty:
- Chocolate milk
- Dark Chocolate protein powder
- Sugar-free Chocolate Pudding Mix
- Vanilla frozen yogurt
- Whipped cream (optional topping)
Of course, there's a lot of room for different flavor combinations depending on which brand/type of each ingredient you choose. I give my recommendations in the recipe below, but you can try to use your favorite milk/protein powder/frozen yogurt/pudding mix... or your favorite ice!
How to make a chocolate frosty
Just combine the ingredients together and blend them together. That's all! Check out the recipe card below for the ratios/amounts I use to make this.
Small chocolate frosty calories
According to the Wendy's website, here's the nutrition breakdown for a small chocolate frosty: 350 calories, 9 grams of fat, 58 grams of carbohydrates, and 10 grams of protein.
My drink has 368 calories, 7 grams of fat, 40 grams of carbohydrates, and 35 grams of protein. It's also more like a medium-large size instead. It has lower carbs, higher protein, and more volume than the Wendy's original.
Protein shake that tastes like Wendy's frosty
Okay, this isn't a protein shake, probably. But it does have 35 g of protein per serving (as opposed to the 10 g from the real thing), so that's pretty nice. It also doesn't *taste* like some protein shakes do, chalky and bland, which is even better.
Can I mix protein powder with ice cream?
Maybe you can! Protein powder fits right in with this homemade chocolate frosty, which uses vanilla frozen yogurt (rather than ice cream) to get some of its creamy texture. You won't even notice it!
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Homemade Chocolate Frosty
- 1 cup Chocolate milk
- 1 serving Dark Chocolate protein powder I use Bad Athletics (code JORDO for discount)
- 1.5 cups Ice about 200 grams
- 2 tbsp Sugar-free Chocolate Pudding Mix
- ½ cup Vanilla frozen yogurt I use Kemp's
- optional: whipped cream
- Add all ingredients (ice, protein powder, pudding mix, and frozen yogurt) to blender.
- Blend until smooth, creamy consistency.
- Note: For a thicker consistency, add more ice!
- Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream.
- For a lower carb / higher protein option, use fairlife Nutrition Plan instead of chocolate milk.
- To make a thicker consistency, add ice.
- Omit protein powder, if desired.