'Freakshake' internet milkshake craze comes to Liverpool café

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'Freakshake' internet milkshake craze comes to Liverpool café

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Liverpool coffee shop Barley & Beans has brought the Australian 'freakshake' craze to the Northern city with the introduction of the so-called “monster milkshakes” to its menu.

The coffee bar and lounge, which first opened on Hatton Garden in 2014, is to serve a range of the super-calorific treats, and claims to be the only place in Liverpool selling the famous shakes, which recently became an internet sensation after emerging from their hometown of Canberra, Australia.

Selling for £5 each, the Barley & Beans shakes will include the Nutella Brownie, Peanut Butter and Banana, Salted Caramel, and Strawberry Shortcake, all with added cream, cakes, biscuits, and chocolate.

The café – which has an alcohol license ‒ is also planning to offer 'hard' alcoholic freakshakes soon.

Freakshakes first became known online after word spread on social media from Australia, alongside photos of enormous milkshakes in glass mugs topped with towers of cakes, sauce and sweets. They came to London this year – notably at Molly Bakes in Dalston, Maxwell’s Bar and Grill in Covent Garden and Waffle Paradise in Upton Park – but until now were yet to move north.  

Director Nick Strauss said: “We are proud to announce that Freakshakes have now landed in Liverpool. As a craze that has almost ‘broke the internet’, Freakshakes are all about mixing classic desserts with chocolate, sweets and anything sugary. We hope to alleviate the public’s cravings and hours spent drooling over the shakes on social media and allow them to finally give in to their inner child.”

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