It’s official: freakshakes have taken over the capital. Part milkshake, part ice cream sundae, these monstrous concoctions are loaded with calories but promise to sort all your sugar cravings in one big hit – and they’re now appearing on menus all over the city. Here’s our pick of the best

01. S’Mores Milkshake 

When a café is called Sugar Rush Sweets, an instant fix is surely guaranteed. This scrumptious shake is topped with roasted marshmallows, layers of crushed biscuits, chocolate and caramel sauce. Other tasty toppings include popcorn, cotton candy, bubble gum and funfetti cake.
Sugar Rush Sweets, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to midnight, Dhs20. Tel: (02) 6446260. Taxi: near Kia Showroom, Salam Street.  Search for Sugar Rush Sweets on Facebook.

02. The Crazy Milkshake

Creperie Ty Breizh Café in the WTC Souk caters to all things good and gluttonous with mason jars stacked to the brim with ice cream, marshmallows, Oreo cookies, nuts and more.
Creperie Ty Breizh Café, Ground Level, World Trade Center Souk, Khalifa Street, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, daily 8am to midnight, Dhs30. Tel: (02) 4916767. Taxi: World Trade Centre Souk.

03. The Mudpot

There are seven flavours on offer at Central Grounds including Citrus Shake with lemon meringue and Freaky Reesy with peanut butter, but our favourite has to be The Mudpot. It’s the daddy of all freakshakes – full of chocolate ice cream, Valrohna chocolate sauce, a brownie, mud cake and vanilla cream. This is a real chocolate bomb and not for the faint-hearted.
Central Grounds, Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi, Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi, daily 6am to midnight, Dhs45. Tel: (02) 3047777. Taxi: Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi.

04. The Chocolate Brownie Frappe 

Ever dreamt of swimming in a chocolate river?  We have too. Dive into this delicious frappe at The Coffee Club, overflowing with chocolate, brownies, whipped cream and sauce. Be prepared for the sugar rush.
Various locations including Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to 10pm, Dhs34. Tel: (02) 5650865. Taxi: Yas Mall.

05. The Frostino

Costa Coffee has released not one, but two freakshakes: the Totally Banana freakshake is topped with fresh ripe banana – one of your five a day, of course – with the added temptation of sweet banana bread, whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. Meanwhile, The Chocolate One is loaded with Nutella, crunchy biscotti pieces, a chocolate finger, whipped cream and a sprinkle of chocolate curls.
Various locations including Al Wahda Mall, Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi, daily 8am to midnight, Dhs34. Tel: (02) 4437417. Taxi: Al Wahda Mall.

06. The Lotus Shake

Served in a plastic cup and loaded with M&M’s, chocolate flakes and milky ice cream and Lotus biscuits, this mix is bound to give you a sugar rush for weeks. Nothing out there can fulfill your sweet tooth cravings as well as this shake.
Burger 28, Mohammed Bin Zayed City, Abu Dhabi, daily, 11am to midnight, Dhs27. Tel: (02) 6315738. Taxi: Burger 28, next to Al Ain University Of Science And Tech.

07. The Popcorn Freakshake

This thick, rich shake is packed with all sorts of sweet goodness including chocolate M&Ms, crunchy caramel popcorn, homemade macaroons all blended with vanilla ice cream, milk, ice and more popcorn flavoured syrup.
Delecto, Al Bateen Street, Al Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi, daily 7am to midnight, Dhs28. Tel: (02) 4963444. Taxi: CI Tower, near Corniche.

08. The Cotton Candy Milkshake

Served in a traditional glass jar loaded with Baskin-Robbins ice cream and whipped cream, this looks like a basic old-school shake you’d get at any café. But what’s that on top of it? A heap of deliciously sweet, fluffy candyfloss.
Majlis Lobby Lounge, Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 5pm to 1am, Dhs25. Tel: (02) 8135550. Taxi: Rosewood.

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