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5 Best Milkshakes in Tucson

As temperatures rise, cold drinks and frosty desserts are on everyone's mind.

To ensure that you are a savvy ice cream shopper this summer (and all through the year), we've compiled a list of the 5 Best Milkshakes in Tucson.

The Screamery

The Screamery milkshakes

The secret is in the sauce - or the ice cream base, for that matter! The Screamery is the first Arizona ice cream shop to be certified to pasteurize its own ice cream. Starting with milk from grass-fed cows, they use 100% natural ingredients. Can't go wrong with this delicious house-made ice cream! Even the whipped cream on top comes from certified organic heavy cream. The way ice cream should be - honest-to-goodness ingredients and prepared with love.

  • Address: The Screamery, 50 S. Houghton Rd., Tucson
  • Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 12:00pm-9:00pm; Friday-Saturday, 12:00pm-10:00pm
  • Website: The Screamery
  • Tip: Owners Kenny and Linda Sarnoski are often in-store and will likely have answers to your pressing ice cream related questions. This is truly a local and family-owned operation!

Smashburger

Smashburger milkshakes
Photo Credit: Smashburger

The best part about Smashburger's milkshakes is that they start with creamy Haagen-Dazs ice cream - one of the few commercial ice cream brands that does not use stabilizers like guar gum and xanthan gum. Eight delicious options to choose from - chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, oreo, nutterbutter, butterfinger, salted caramel, and chocolate oreo.

  • Address: Three Tucson Locations - 3837 E. Broadway, 4821 E. Grant Rd, 6970 E. 22nd St
  • Hours: Every Day, 10:00am-10:00pm
  • Website: Smashburger
  • Tips: Sign up for the SmashClub to receive a free milkshake on your birthday.

Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar

Zinburger milkshake
Photo Credit: Zinburger + TucsonTopia

Zinburger may specialize in burgers and wine, but they have pretty great milkshakes too! The creamy $5 shakes pair well with any of the fries on the menu - zucchini fries, sweet potato fries, double truffle fries, or house-made onion rings. Bonus - Zinburger is airy, modern, urban, and cool. Twelve different flavor options: nutella hazelnut crunch, banana royale, real vanilla malt, double chocolate, salted caramel, strawberry, butterfinger, chocolate mint, cookies & cream, latte, black cow, and 50/50.

  • Address: Two Tucson locations - 6390 E. Grant Rd and 1865 E. River Rd
  • Hours: Hours for the Grant location are: Sun-Thurs, 11am-9:30pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-10:30pm; Happy Hour Daily 4pm-6pm. Hours for the River location are: Sun-Thurs, 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-11pm; Happy Hour Daily 4pm-6pm.
  • Website: Zinburger
  • Tip: Undecided? Try Salted Caramel!

Little Anthony's Diner

Little Anthony's Diner milkshakes
Photo Credit: Little Anthony's Diner

Little Anthony's Diner is an absolutely adorable 50's-style diner - with red sparkly booths, servers in poodle skirts, and black-and-white checked floors. When you order a milkshake, you'll get it just the way a milkshake should be - a tall glass cup with whipped cream, rainbow sprinkles, and a cherry on top - PLUS the metal cup on the side.

  • Address: Little Anthony's Diner, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson
  • Hours: Mondays, 10:00am-9:00pm; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 10:00am-10:00pm; Fridays 10:00am-11:00pm; Saturdays, 7:30am-11:00pm; Sundays, 7:30am-9:00pm
  • Website: Little Anthony's Diner
  • Tip: Bring your camera. This place is great for photo opps!

HUB Ice Cream Factory

HUB milkshakes
Photo Credit: Sam Esquivel

If you like your milkshakes sweet and super-unique, try HUB Ice Cream Factory.  The new downtown shop features hand-crafted ice cream and "oodles of ever-changing, house-made treats." 300 rotating flavors, to be exact. This is the place to try something new - Blueberry Pancake, After School Snack, Nutella Brownie, or Bourbon Almond Brittle.

  • Address: HUB Ice Cream Factory, 245 E. Congress St., Tucson
  • Hours: Sunday-Wednesday, noon-10:00pm; Thursday-Saturday, noon-2:00am
  • Website: HUB Ice Cream Factory
  • Tip: Open late! This is one of the few upscale shops open into the wee hours to satisfy your late night cravings.

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Where is your favorite place to enjoy a milkshake in Tucson?

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