This homemade Wendy’s Frosty recipe comes together with just three simple ingredients. Ready in minutes, it tastes even better than the original and saves you a trip through the drive-thru!
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I am a true Wendy’s Frosty girl and have bought quite a few over the years. Then, I discovered how easy it is to make a copycat Wendy’s Frosty recipe at home! I honestly haven’t bought a Frosty since I created this quick dessert recipe. I even think I like my chocolate Frosty recipe better than the original! All Frosty fans need to try this sweet treat ASAP.
Oh, and you should also whip up a batch of air fried French fries, or make yourself some cheeseburger sliders while you’re at it. Then, you can serve your food with a Frosty on the side. A classic fast-food meal is much better with a homemade twist, especially with a large chocolate Frosty included in the mix!
Wendy’s Frosty Recipe
To make Wendy’s Frosties at home, you only need three simple ingredients: sweetened condensed milk, chocolate milk, and a container of Cool Whip. That’s it! It is amazing how such basic ingredients can turn into one of the most delicious milkshakes ever!
All you need to do to whip up a quick Frosty is blend all of the ingredients until they are nice and smooth. Then, you can pour the mix into a container, and freeze it for two hours. Whisk the frozen Frosty to make it thick and creamy, pour it into a glass, and enjoy!
You can also speed up the Frosty-making process by pouring the blended mix into an ice cream machine. Let the ice cream freezer chill the Frosty until it is the perfect consistency. Then, drink it up!
Ingredients for Wendy’s Frosty
See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.
- Chocolate milk – Buy pre-made chocolate milk, or make your own chocolate milk by blending milk and chocolate syrup. You will need about 2 tablespoons of chocolate sauce for every one cup of whole milk.
- Sweetened condensed milk – Make sure you get a small can of sweetened condensed milk and not evaporated milk!
- Cool Whip – Cool Whip is my favorite brand of frozen dairy topping, but any brand will work.
- Use regular whole milk and a splash of vanilla extract to make a vanilla Frosty.
- Add a teaspoon of peppermint extract to make a chocolate peppermint Frosty perfect for winter.
- This recipe is very easy to double (or triple) so you can make extra for your whole family and friends!
- Replace the chocolate milk with chocolate almond milk for less dairy and an extra nice, nutty flavor.
How to Make a Wendy’s Frosty
- Blend: Add all of the ingredients to a blender, and purée until smooth.
- Freeze: Pour the mix into an airtight container or a freezer-safe container with plastic wrap, and freeze for two hours. Alternatively, you can also add the mix to an ice cream machine, and follow the machine’s directions to make a Wendy’s Frosty quickly. Blend the ice cream just as you would make homemade ice cream. Your homemade Wendy’s Frosty recipe will be ready in no time!
- Whisk and enjoy: Take the Frosty out of the freezer, and whisk gently to make the drink thick and evenly blended. If using the ice cream machine, simply pour the drink right into a glass. Top your homemade Frosty with some whipped cream, and enjoy while cold!
If the Frosty mixture is left in the freezer too long, it can get quite hard. If this happens, just pop the mix back into the blender, and purée to break up the drink and make it thick and smooth.
How to Store a Wendy’s Frosty
You can make a big batch of this Frosty recipe, and keep it in the freezer for up to one month.
When you’re ready to drink, purée the mixture in a blender to create s creamy, drinkable consistency. I recommend portioning the fresh Frosty into smaller, individual containers to freeze. Then, you’ll have the right size Frosty anytime the mood hits!
If you are like me, then you love dipping salty French fries into your cold Frosty. You can’t beat that sweet and salty taste! Make my air fryer sweet potato fries and parmesan fries to pair with your homemade Frosty.
A Frosty is more like a thick milkshake or a soft serve ice cream rather than a hard ice cream. While Frosties do contain dairy, they do not have the required 10% butterfat to be considered a true ice cream. This is why Frosties are called a “dairy dessert” rather than a real ice cream.
A Frosty at Wendy’s has a long list of ingredients which includes water, sugar, powdered milk, sunflower creamer, cocoa powder, whey, stabilizers, and flavorings. My copycat recipe is much simpler with just chocolate milk, sweetened condensed milk, and Cool Whip!
Traditional Wendy’s Frosties contain powdered milk and whey (a milk protein) As a result, they contain dairy and are not suitable for those with dairy intolerances or allergies.
- Measuring cup
- Ice cream maker or airtight container
- 4 cups chocolate milk
- 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip
- 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth.4 cups chocolate milk, 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip, 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
- Pour the mix into a freezer safe container with a lid. Cover and chill for about 2 hours, whisking the mix about every 30 minutes so it freezes evenly.
- After 2 hours, the mix should have the same consistency as a frosty. Pour it into glasses and enjoy!
- If you freeze the Frosty mixture for longer than 2 hours, you can pop it back into the blender and pulse to make it creamy enough to drink
Ice Cream Machine Instructions
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth.
- Pour the mixture into the bowl of your ice cream machine. Follow the manufacturer's directions to blend and freeze the Forsty mixture to the proper, thick, icy consistency. It takes about 20-30 minutes in a standard ice cream machine to make the perfect Frosty!
- Pour into glasses and enjoy!