Yup. It’s that time of year! It’s time to take ALL the recipes and add pumpkin to them.
Although I’m not a huge pumpkin fan, there is one thing I search out every fall. A Pumpkin Pie Milkshake. And now I make this one at home.
With canned pumpkin filling, pumpkin pie spices and vanilla ice cream, this easy dessert drink is delicious.
And adding salted caramel and a salted whipped cream makes it even more indulgent. You’re going to devour this Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie Milkshake.
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Creamy Pumpkin Pie Milkshake with Salted Caramel
During college, I worked at a 40’s themed diner. We hand made milkshakes and each season they had a new featured flavor.
In the fall, we made a pumpkin shake that I fell in love with. I’m not sure how many I ate over the years. But it was a lot.
I always seem to have canned pumpkin in my cupboards. So I decided to make myself a tasty pumpkin shake.
It was good. Super tasty, in fact. But I knew that I could make it even better.
Salted caramel makes everything better. Everything.
And I’ve made salted whipped cream before to top brownies so I knew that would be awesome as well.
So that’s how this Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie Shake came about.
If you are a fan of pumpkin desserts, you’re going to love this idea!
What kind of pumpkin do I use
Canned pumpkin filling is the perfect ingredient to use in these shakes. It’s already pureed for you so it saves a ton of time.
It’s also consistent in texture and flavor so you pretty much know what you’re going to get every time you open a can. There’s a comfort in that.
There’s also comfort in that Salted Caramel Pumpkin Shake. I know fall comfort foods are usually warm and cozy.
But in California, our fall is on the warmer side. Here, you can eat your feelings with pumpkin shakes all year long.
What equipment do I need for homemade shakes
A high-powered blender is something you probably already have at home. You can make shakes with that very easily.
You could also use a large bowl and hand mixer if you don’t have a good blender. You may need to let the ice cream soften a bit before trying this.
Or you can use a shake mixer! We used to have one of these and it was just like the one I used at the restaurant.
But we ran out of room in our tiny kitchen and I had to let it go.
How to make a Pumpkin Pie Shake with Salted Caramel
I am in love with this rich flavor combination but you can take things out or add ingredients in to suit your tastes.
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements and instructions.
- canned pumpkin puree
- pumpkin pie spice
- vanilla ice cream
- store-bought salted caramel
- heavy whipping cream
- heavy pinch of sea salt
I made sure to use vanilla ice cream as the base of this recipe. While pumpkin ice cream shows up in stores every fall, it’s only available for a short period of time.
I’m all about shortcuts, but I also like to make recipes when the mood strikes, and this way I can have pumpkin shakes all year long!
If you don’t have a ready-made pumpkin pie spice in your cabinet you can use: 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 1/8 tsp all spice, 1/8 tsp nutmeg.
Spruce Eats has a great resource for making different amounts of Pumpkin Pie Spice.
And, of course, you can make your own salted caramel sauce. But why? That will add on so much time.
And you can find delicious, ready-made sauces at any store.
In a bowl whip up the heavy cream with a pinch of sea salt until light and fluffy, set aside.
I love to use Maldon sea salt for this. I find that sea salt isn’t overly salty. And this has big flakes that don’t dissolve so there is a crunch that is lovely.
I’m a big fan of that sweet and salty dessert combo. Go easy with the salt in your whipped cream at first to see how you like it.
Of course, you can leave the salt out altogether. And you can just use store-bought whipped cream.
I was trying to keep my photos really pretty and my blender just wasn’t pretty.
I put the ingredients in a bowl to show you how easy this recipe is but you’ll add everything to a blender.
Or, if using a hand mixer, you’ll need a larger bowl. I would use a batter bowl.
But to make this shake, you’ll put milk, pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice mix in a blender.
Pulse it until everything is incorporated.
Add vanilla ice cream and the salted caramel and pulse until combined. I like to make sure it’s combined but not fully mixed.
I love to see that pumpkin and caramel swirled in the glass!
Pour into tall glasses. Then top with the salted whipped cream.
I finished off the shakes with an extra sprinkle of cinnamon. But you could also do more caramel if you’re feeling extra decadent.
Have you seen those freak shakes that spill down the side of the glass?? Ugh.
I am mess averse. I like my desserts in the glass. Not on it.
The only other thing I might do next time is to swirl some extra caramel inside the glass before pouring in the milkshake.
But, you guys. This Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie Milkshake is SO yummy!
It’s quick and easy to make and it’s a fun treat to make during the fall.
Supplies to make this recipe
More pumpkin recipes to try
- Fireball Pumpkin Pie is a recipe you’re going to want to try this year!
- Pumpkin Dump Cake is a quick and easy dessert to make that is great for a crowd.
- Pumpkin Moscow Mule is the perfect cocktail to make when you have a little leftover canned pumpkin.
- Pumpkin Margarita uses tequila and pumpkin to create a fun, seasonal drink idea.
- Pumpkin Michelada is a great beer cocktail to make for the fall!
Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
- In a bowl whip up the heavy cream with a pinch of sea salt until light and fluffy, set aside.
- Put milk, pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice mix in a blender.
- Pulse until incorporated.
- Add vanilla ice cream and the salted caramel and pulse until combined.
- Pour into tall glasses.
- Top with the salted whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
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You’ll love this indulgent, creamy Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie Milkshake! It’s sure to become a favorite fall recipe!