CHOCO-WORKS_080416Presenting the Candy Wonderland Shake. (Photos by Sherri Hall. Click to enlarge.)


chocolate works 080516 1This week, PieHole‘s Cool Inside summer series spotlights what may just be the eye-poppingest drinkable treat you’ll ever lay eyes on.

chocolate works 080516 2 An array of skewered goodies lined up for inclusion in the Candy Wonderland Shake. (Photo by Sherri Hall. Click to enlarge.)

What is this insanity called?

The Candy Wonderland Shake

Where is it sold?

Chocolate Works of Red Bank

36 Broad Street

Red Bank



$15 plus tax for a 16-ounce milkshake with a variety of candies added.

What’s in it?

According to store owner Randi Garfinkel, the Candy Wonderland Shake starts with a strawberry milkshake made of soft serve vanilla, strawberry syrup and milk served in a sprinkle-coated cup. Then, skewers of candies are added, including chocolate-covered marshmallows, rock candy, a candy necklace, a Rice Krispie treat donut, truffles, saltwater taffy, cotton candy, candy buttons, sour belts, chocolate-covered pretzels and a sprinkle covered sugar cone.

Not a fan of strawberry? No worries; the shake can be made with any flavor milkshake you desire.

Garfinkel says that other specialty shakes are also available, such as the shore-themed shake. This one combines any flavor milkshake with Jersey boardwalk staples, such as saltwater taffy, shore-themed gummies and candies (starfish, sharks and Swedish fish) and cotton candy.

Where did this shake come from?

Garfinkel says that after one of her employees saw a similar product served in New York City, the shop decided to put its own spin on it using a variety of popular items to create a fun treat.

What’s great about it?

“It’s fun,” says Garfinkel.

The shop also offers a variety of blend-ins, which combine soft serve ice cream with handmade chocolates, such as coconut clusters, truffles, peanut butter cups and more.

Fill in the blank with the first word that comes to mind:

If the Candy Wonderland Shake didn’t exist, life would be “unhappy.” (Garfinkel)

ICYMI, here are the previous stops on the Cool Inside tour of the Greater Red Bank Green and the featured treats:

Crazee’s for a homemade waffle bowl

Ryan’s Homemade Ice Cream for chocolate-covered strawberry ice cream in a waffle cone

Strollo’s Lighthouse for an “iceshake”

La Rosa’s Pastry Shop for frozen cannoli cream and cannoli chips

Hoffman’s for a Cookie Monster milkshake

Ralph’s for a chocolate-chip-cookie sundae

Rook for a New Orleans-style cold brew

Kitch Organic for a Flyin’ Hawaiian fruit smoothie

Gracie and the Dudes for a chocolate milkshake

Chill Bubble Tea for a lemon-strawberry ice bubble