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Maritzburg’s answer to Australia’s Freakshakes: Flavour Café’s crazy shakes

At Dunrobin Nursery in Oak Park, you’ll find a little café with some spark. Aside from the array of tea-time treats and gourmet burgers available at Flavour Café, there are some exceptionally Instagrammable drinks: we give you Pietermaritzburg’s answer to the Freakshake.

Some of the crazy flavours on offer at Flavour Cafe. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Some of the crazy shakes on offer at Flavour Cafe. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Owner Lee Hankey says he often looks to social media for inspiration when dreaming up new dishes. “Instagram is a great platform for ideas. Patissez, I think everyone knows by now, sparked this idea. We just put our own twist on things,” he says. And what a twist it is!

Salted caramel popcorn and peanut butter shake with condensed milk cheesecake smash and vanilla seed ice cream.

Salted caramel popcorn and peanut butter shake with condensed milk cheesecake smash and vanilla seed ice cream. Photo courtesy of restaurant.

Flavour Café’s version of the crazy milkshake is made with full-cream ice cream from a local supplier and comes in an array of gloriously insane flavours. May we present the following:

  • Chocolate brownie and vanilla seed chocolate swirl ice cream
  • Salted caramel popcorn and peanut butter, condensed milk cheesecake smash with vanilla seed ice cream
  • Pretzel and home-made butterscotch sauce
  • Fresh strawberry ice cream and red velvet cupcake with butter icing and strawberry jam
  • Red espresso ice cream, home-made candy floss, hundreds and thousands, chocolate cigar and home-made shortbread
  • Caramel ice cream, doughnuts, speckled eggs, chocolate cigar and peanut butter condensed milk cheesecake smash (Yes, that’s all one flavour.)
Caramel ice cream, doughnuts, speckled eggs, chocolate cigar and peanut butter condensed milk cheesecake smash. Photo courtesy of restaurant.

Caramel ice cream, doughnuts, speckled eggs, chocolate cigar and peanut butter condensed milk cheesecake smash. Photo courtesy of restaurant.

All the milkshake rims get dunked in ganache, and all the crazy toppings – from the brownies and doughnuts to the candy floss and sauces – are made in house. The price? They range from between R38 to R45. (Which, when you think about it, makes this quite an affordable way of getting your entire daily calorie intake).

And the reason for the success of these outrageous milkshakes?

“It’s the messiness that brings out the kid in everyone, I think,” says Lee.

Flavour Café’s crazy shakes. Photo courtesy of restaurant.

Maritzburg’s answer to Australia’s Freakshakes: Flavour Café’s crazy shakes. Photo courtesy of restaurant.

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