Easy Wendy’s Frosty Recipe


Every time you spoon up a Wendy’s Frosty, you think, “this is exactly what I needed.” It’s too soft to be ice cream, too thick to be a milkshake, and is technically classified as a “frozen dairy dessert.” Really, the only way to describe a Wendy’s Frosty is…well, as a Frosty. They’re exactly what they’re meant to be.

The Frosty is just so very crave-able. It pairs beautifully with a burger or chicken sandwich and fries. The fries are important—without them, what are you going to dip into your Frosty? (Don’t knock it until you try it).

It’s slightly healthier than a typical milkshake, and Wendy’s Frosty is gluten free, as well, which not all fast-food desserts are, although they do warn for the potential for cross-contamination.

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What is the Wendy’s Frosty?

The Wendy’s Frosty is a signature frozen dessert offered by the fast-food chain Wendy’s. It’s best described as a cross between soft-serve ice cream and a milkshake. The Frosty is thick, creamy, and comes in two classic flavors: chocolate and vanilla. It’s known for its smooth texture that’s firm enough to be eaten with a spoon but also soft enough to be sipped through a straw.

In 1969, Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas needed a dessert for his new restaurant. His menu had been strategically simple until then: the burger, fries, chili, and drinks. He knew he needed something sweet, and knew that milkshakes were a hit at other burger joints. Something told him he needed to deviate from the standard a little in order to stand out, though.

How to Make a Homemade Copycat Wendy’s Frosty

This easy Wendys frosty recipe is extremely simple to make, with ingredients you probably already have (or at least want) in your fridge, freezer, and pantry.

Chocolate Milk: This forms the base of the Frosty, providing the chocolate flavor and creamy texture. You can use store-bought chocolate milk or make your own with regular milk and chocolate syrup.

Sweetened Condensed Milk: This ingredient adds sweetness and a rich, creamy texture to the Frosty, enhancing its overall flavor profile.

Cool Whip (Frozen): Used for its light and fluffy texture, Cool Whip helps give the Frosty its unique consistency, sitting between a milkshake and soft-serve ice cream.

These ingredients are combined and then either processed in an ice cream maker or frozen and whisked to achieve the Frosty’s signature thick and creamy texture. The recipe is simple and easy to follow, making it a perfect homemade version of Wendy’s classic Frosty.


Copycat Wendy’s Frosty Recipe

4 from 22 votes
Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Wendy’s frosty is a chocolate lovers dream. Beat your craving at home by making this delicious copycat recipe. We’ve outlined the recipe to make your job even easier.


  • 4 cups 4 chocolate milk very cold

  • 3/4 cup 3/4 sweetened condensed milk about half a can

  • 4 oz 4 frozen Cool Whip


  • Blend Ingredients:
  • Combine 4 cups of very cold chocolate milk, 3/4 cup of sweetened condensed milk (about half a can), and 4 oz of frozen Cool Whip (about half the container) in a blender.
  • Blend these ingredients until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  • Freeze the Mixture:
  • Pour the blended mixture into a freezer-safe container.
  • If using an ice cream maker, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for freezing. This usually takes about 20 minutes to reach the desired Frosty texture.
  • If not using an ice cream maker, place the container in the freezer. Whisk the mixture every 20 minutes for one to two hours, or until it reaches the perfect Frosty consistency. Alternatively, you can fill a mason jar halfway with the batter and shake it every 20 minutes for about an hour to achieve the right consistency.
  • Serve:
  • Once the Frosty has reached the desired consistency, it’s ready to be served. Enjoy it as is, or with your favorite toppings.


  • Remember, the key to achieving the right texture is to stir or whisk the mixture regularly while it’s freezing, especially if you’re not using an ice cream maker. This helps to prevent ice crystals from forming and ensures a smooth and creamy Frosty.

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What are the Different Wendy’s Frosty Flavors?

The classic Frosty is, of course, chocolate, and has been since the beginning. Over the years, other flavors and variations have come and gone; none of them have ever been as popular as the basic chocolate Frosty.

Classic Flavors:

  • Chocolate: The original and most popular flavor, a staple since Wendy’s inception.
  • Vanilla: A regular on the menu since 2006, offering a classic alternative to chocolate.

Innovative Variations:

  • Frosty Milkshakes: Previously, Wendy’s offered milkshakes in chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, using the Frosty as a base.
  • Frosty Parfaits and Twisted Frosty: These included the standard Frosty mixed with various candies, cookies, and flavorings.
  • Birthday Cake Frosty (2019): A special edition combining vanilla Frosty with birthday cake flavor to celebrate Wendy’s 50th anniversary.
  • Frosty Floats: A nostalgic mix of Coke or root beer topped with Frosty.
  • Frosty-ccino: A current offering blending iced coffee with Frosty.

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Ah, the Frosty – a unique blend of too soft for a cone and too thick for a straw, a delightful paradox in a cup. It’s not just another milkshake; it’s a Wendy’s classic that stands out in the world of frozen desserts. Now, with this easy-to-follow recipe, you can whip up your own Frosty at home. Whether you’re a fan of the classic chocolate or the smooth vanilla, this recipe has got you covered. So grab your blender, and let’s bring that irresistible, spoonable Wendy’s treat into your kitchen. Happy blending and enjoy every creamy, dreamy spoonful!


Is Wendys frosty gluten free?

Yes their frosty is gluten free. Infact, it’s widely known that Wendys have more gluten free option than other major chains such as Burger King and McDonalds. You’ll be surprised by the amount of gluten free options on their menu.

What is Wendy’s frosty price?

A Chocolate frosty will cost you $0.99 for a small, $1.99 for a medium and
$2.29 for a large.

How many calories in a wendy’s frosty?

There are 300 calories in a small chocolate frosty and 580 calories in a large.

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  1. This looks delicious

  2. Sandy Klocinski

    This looks awesome

  3. Brian Wall

    Love this so much! Can’t wait to try it.

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