Food Blogger Parodies Obesity-Plagued Australia’s Extreme Milk Shake Obsession

S’mores and chicken perched atop a frosty mug of ice cream have become all the rage down under.

(Photo: Alanadimou/Instagram)

Aug 23, 2015· 1 MIN READ
Culture and education editor Liz Dwyer has written about race, parenting, and social justice for several national publications. She was previously education editor at Good.

A spritz of whipped cream and a cherry on top are so out of style. Down under, the hot new trend is extreme milk shakes—calorie-, sugar-, and fat-laden ice-cream treats dished up with a hodgepodge of toppings: Pretzels, candy, chocolate, brownies, and cookies burst from the mason jars the frozen desserts are being served in.

The exaggerated milk shake craze started in the Australian capital of Canberra at a cafe called Pâtissez and spread to eateries in Melbourne and Sydney, according to Broadsheet. Consumers haven’t been able to resist the temptation to photograph such freakish treats and post them on social media.

“Donuts perched upon mason jars, Kit-Kats wedged like an unholy crucifix: doused in chocolate sauce knotted with lashings of whipped cream, a striped straw puncturing everything in its path, impaling every adornment,” wrote Sydney-based food blogger and photographer Alana Dimou on her blog last Monday about what she’s seeing in restaurants.

“Everyone’s holding one of these extreme milkshakes, gnashing at food for the sake of social media, exchanging calories for notifications, it’s 8 o’clock in the morning and everybody’s drinking them to avoid the hour long lines from the brunching hour onwards to attain the Thing,” added Dimou.

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She decided to poke a little fun at the unhealthy madness. She crafted a trio of grotesque milk shakes that give us an idea where this extreme shake trend could be headed.

Her “S’mores Chicken” shake has the marshmallow campfire treat and what appears to be a small roasted bird perched on top of a mason jar. Then there’s the “Bacon Burger,” which has layers and layers of grilled beef, fried bacon, and slices of cheddar cheese atop a jar of chocolate-laced vanilla ice cream. And finally, Dimou created the “Coles Baked Fresh Today Bakery Aisle” milk shake, which is an assortment of pastries—apparently purchased in the bakery section of one of the Australian supermarket chain’s stores—stacked on top of a shake.

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Meanwhile, according to a 2014 study published in the medical journal Lancet, Australia’s obesity rates are rising faster than anyplace else in the world. Nearly one-fourth of kids and 63 percent of adults are overweight, and nearly one-third are considered obese. Regularly consuming shakes such as these bizzare ones probably isn’t helping folks shed pounds.

“Be inspired. Eat marshmallows and chicken. Milkshake flavours are irrelevant now, the duty falls upon whatever lies on top. May God have mercy on us all,” wrote Dimou.

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