Fail: Wendy’s Frosty-style Skinny Shake

Name: Lisa

Original Inspiration:


What I Did: I so love Wendy’s. I mean – I. LOOOOOVE. IT. Count me in for a frosty any day – except when I’m trying to watch what I eat for the dreaded summer bikini months. So I was super stoked when I found the most fantastic Pin, “Skinny Shake that tastes like Wendy’s Frosty!!” WHAT. Shut up. I had to try this.

Sidebar- I’ve never been a fan of making anything with ice cubes in the blender…. is it just me or does it never turn out right? Regardless of my hesitation, I had to give this a shot.

The comments section of the pin said, 3/4 c. almond milk, 15 ice cubes, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 or 2 Tb unsweetened cocoa powder (this is where I should have been suspicious…. unsweetened… ugh) and 1/3 of a banana. Popped in in the magic bullet for 3-4 minutes, until it looked smooth, poured it out and FAIL. Total disasterpants mess. And I don’t even want to begin to talk about how it tasted – HORRIBLE.

What I did after the fail was actually click on the pin and read homegirls’s blog, which lo and behold, included some other key ingredients. (Vanilla protein powder, xanthan gum, and guar gum to be exact.) Moral of the story: NEVER just trust the comments, go to the site/blog itself and check to make sure the comments are actually right.

My Result:

pinterest fail healthy wendy frosty

Next Time I Will: Next time I’m going to go straight to the link associated with the pin. I don’t know if vanilla protein powder, xanthan gum, and guar gum can save this (they probably can,) but next time, I’m just going to Wendy’s. :o)


  1. janetha

    this is my recipe! i read this blog all the time and was super surprised to see it 🙂 definitely try it as written.. let me know how it goes!

  2. Adi

    Your writing is awesome. I nearly peed my pants laughing. If you aren’t already, you should definitely be blogging.

  3. KD

    I even bought the vanilla protein powder, xanthan gum, and guar gum and it was super gross. NOTHING like a frosty… I can only describe it as, it just made the smoothie more “chewy”

  4. Carey

    This is so funny, because I literally thought… I bet that’s Janetha’s recipe! The internet is a small place. (and you should try the actual recipe… girl knows how to make a hard-core smoothie)

  5. AmyC65

    I wish I’d found this before trying the recipe as pinned! Ugh. Added some sugar & the kids DID drink it but we had to put the notion of ‘frosty’ right out if our minds. Chocolate slushy was what we decided on. Also, ’15 ice cubes’ is very vague. Ice cubes vary in size from one machine to another.

  6. Lynn Bennett

    I made the skinny frosty and add 2 tbls of fat free whipped topping to the mix for sweet, I love it!!

  7. Ann A

    I think if you use less ice and the whole banana it would work better. Use honey for sweetness….

  8. Carrie

    I added the whole banana and a squirt of honey, it turned out okay. Not Wendy’s, but not horrible.

  9. Laurita

    I made this with soy milk (probably my mistake). This recipe turned out to be a very dissatisfying mug of not–chocolaty-enough ice water. Wound up adding the rest of the banana, a dash of salt, and a tablespoon each of maple syrup and chocolate sauce (from Trader Joe’s [a market chain in the southwest]). Result, passable for one-time-only 🙁

    Aw heck, just make this with full-fat milk or yogurt or ice cream and the whole banana. Then you would be satisfied eating 1/3 of the reicpe along with getting the nutrition of the dairy.

    And…..if you use raw dairy, you would get the probiotics along with the natural arthritis relief raw dairy provides.

  10. Brittany

    In the original photo it looks like they just scooped Frosty into a glass.

  11. ms. chickenscare

    my hubby and i both love creamy shakes w/ protein powder. when mixed in a blender w/ regular milk (not skimmed), it gets creamy if blended long enough. if you use buttermilk (very low in fat, but a creamy texture in and of itself) or sour milk (richer taste, creamy as well), the shake will be _really_ creamy, too.
    for some ice cream style, freeze the milk in ice cube trays or bags (so you know how much milk it is) or use frozen fruit in your shake. this adds flavour, too.
    my hubby loves a “black forest cherry”-shake (schwarzwaelder kirsch): with chocolate protein powder, frozen cherries and butter milk. the result is a very thick, creamy and cold mix.
    i prefer my shakes runnier, less creamy and sweeter, so i use some sweetener, mix buttermilk and water 50:50 and use fresh fruit rather than frozen.

  12. Crummy Blender

    I actually make this everyday. And I love it! The unsweetened cocoa powder can be changed to sweetened if you really want to. But all I do is add 1/2 of a 1/4 of a cup of sugar. It gives it the perfect sweetness. I have a horrible blender (that just recently broke and gave me a reason to buy a bullet 🙂 ) and sometimes there would be ice cubes left behind. I didn’t mind that too much because I use shake cups that have this thing to keep the ice cubes out. Anyway, point is, just adjust the recipe how you like it. the way I make it, it’s only 100 calories. Very worth it. And its actually really good.

  13. Kristen

    I just did the recipe using 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk (unsweetened), ice cubes, 2 whole bananas and 2Tbsp cocoa powder unsweetened. It didn’t taste as delicious as a frosty, but it was pretty good! Might be worth a try.

  14. Rae_Rae

    I just tried this and added Stevia to sweeten it. FAIL!

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