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Shake it up – Karl’s Shakes Review

We were on our way home from visiting the Carlsbad Flower Fields when a tweet came across my phone. Fast Food Maven was announcing $1 shakes at a new shake stop at the Block at Orange named Karl’s Shakes. Intrigued, we swung by on the way home for some tasty frozen treats.

We were quite set on picking up the $1 sample shakes, but when we walked in, we were greeting by a Cold Stone style wall of various flavor combinations. I didn’t make it much past “PB&J” before it was quite clear we were not getting out of there for less than $5.

Now, on the upside, a regular shake is less than $3, putting it in line with other shake offerings at The Block, such as Johnny Rockets or the recent Haagan Daz addition. So we ordered up three – for SCIENCE!

The little one had this tasty S’mores number, which came dolled up with a cute little Teddy Graham and mini Hershey bar. She reports it was “awesome”.

David had a “Kustom Kreation” of M&M’s and York Patties – similar to a shake he used to get all the time down at Limelight Java in Huntington Beach, except without the coffee. David reports it was not as good as Limelight, as the shake was a bit watery. I’m going to have to agree. I like my shakes just this side of ice cream, and on that criteria, these did not hold up. However, it’s also hard to find places that serve unusual shake flavors, and I like the Cold Stone style of ordering, so they get some points for that. I got the “Morning Karpool” which does have coffee AND Ghiradelli chocolate – also thin, but tasty.

Final verdict – if money’s no object and I’m in the mood for a pretty straightforward mocha or PB and chocolate shake, Haagan Daz is still going to win me over, but I’m already planning on going back to try some more wacky flavors (still need to try that PB&J) and hoping for a thicker shake experience.



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