Shak­ing up taste buds

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Janita Singh

THERE is no doubt that sweet, sticky, choco­late-laden milk­shakes are hav­ing a mo­ment, es­pe­cially on so­cial me­dia.

Good news is you don’t have to line up at pop­u­lar eater­ies for hours to get one.

Sib­lings Matthew, Sarah and Bren­dan Aouad from The Vogue Cafe at Mac­quarie Park were among the first to jump on the mon­ster milk­shake band­wagon.

And the trio has shared some of its tricks of the trade in the book, Deca­dent Shakes (milk­shakes with more).

Milk­shakes have al­ways had a mag­netic pull but a lot has changed since the humble days of 1932 when the first milk bar in Syd­ney opened its doors in Martin Place.

To­day, milk­shake-mak­ing has evolved into an art form, Matthew says.

“It’s our op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate that wow mo­ment for some­one … as a kid it used to mean blow­ing air through the straw to cre­ate end­less bub­bles in your glass,” he says.

“Hap­pily sip­ping away on a treat-laden milk­shake, drip­ping in ex­cess choco­late and sweets evokes a sense of de­li­cious in­dul­gence like none other.

“When we first de­signed our milk­shake menu some four years ago, we thought there was so much at­ten­tion and love in the cock­tail mar­ket and we should bring the same to milk­shakes.’’

Matthew says many of the shakes in the cafe as well as the book were born out of trial and er­ror – chuck­ing to­gether flavour com­bos and dress­ing up the cre­ation.

Post­ing pic­tures on so­cial me­dia plat­form In­sta­gram saw the trend take off.

“The (in) fa­mous Nutella milk­shake re­mains our num­ber one, fol­lowed by the new­est fam­ily mem­ber, the Oreo killer­shake,” he says.

More deca­dent of­fer­ings in­clude dou­ble-deck­ers (a Golden Gay­time ice cream and waf­fle com­bi­na­tion), Billy Bonka (Oreo cook­ies, Snick­ers bars, peanut but­ter, waf­fles, pret­zels) and Vivo La Vogue (cream­ing soda and marshmallows).

Deca­dent Shakes is out now with New Hol­land Pub­lish­ers, $26.99.

Pic­ture: Troy Snook.

Matthew and Bren­dan Aouad from The Vogue Cafe at Mac­quarie Shop­ping Cen­tre show off their Killer­shakes.

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