Best pumpkin shake: Shake Shack’s secret ingredient could be in your pantry

Shake Shack Pumpkin Shake, photo provided by Shake Shack
Shake Shack Pumpkin Shake, photo provided by Shake Shack /

The best pumpkin shake is all about Shake Shack’s secret ingredient.

While a pumpkin spice latte might start the day, the best pumpkin shake is the perfect sweet treat to end a meal. Although many people seek out Shake Shack for their burgers and shakes, some people might not be close enough to place an order. Could you recreate this seasonal dessert at home with Shake Shack’s secret ingredient?

During the fall, pumpkin seems to take over everything. From the coffee cup to donuts to even savory food, it seems that for a couple of months everything has a pumpkin twist.

While many people might have pumpkins all around their homes, the pantry might have a few cans of Libby’s pumpkin on the shelf. Although Libby’s is often associated with pumpkin pie, this ingredient isn’t just for that one dessert. It can be used in a variety of recipes.

For example, the best pumpkin shake is made with Libby’s pumpkin. That’s right, Shake Shack’s secret ingredient is Libby’s pumpkin.

Blended into that rich, luscious custard is 100% Libby’s real pumpkin. The Morton, Illinois company has been growing and processing pumpkins for generation. Since the farm is so close to the factory, the pumpkin is preserved to ensure that all the pumpkin flavor and color comes through in every can.

For the home cook, anyone could easily recreate this type of shake recipe. While you might not have the same custard as Shake Shack, you can use its secret ingredient.

A spoonful or two of Libby’s mixed into your shake will bring the pumpkin flavors front and center. At the same time, the ingredient can boost your favorite latte, yogurt or almost anything pumpkin flavored.

Next time you go to the store, don’t think of that can of Libby’s pumpkin as just the filling for pumpkin pie. If you want the best pumpkin shake, take a cue from Shake Shack. One sip and you will be convinced of the flavor difference.

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What is your favorite pumpkin dessert?