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Devondale Milkshakes review – The Shelf Life

My aim here at The Shelf Life is to try out new supermarket products so you don't have to (or to tell you when you absolutely should!) and as a fan of both milkshakes and shiny packaging I was instantly drawn to these new Devondale drinks as I strolled through my local Woolies.

Devondale Milkshakes

My aim here at The Shelf Life is to try out new supermarket & other consumer products so you don’t have to (or to tell you when you absolutely should!) and as a fan of both milkshakes and shiny packaging I was instantly drawn to these new Devondale drinks as I strolled through my local Woolies. According to the website blurb, they are also available in “select” Coles stores, IGA and independent supermarkets.

I paid $3.50 for each of these, so they’re not a particularly cheap proposition. If you’re a fan of milkshakes as I am, you’re probably used to flavoured milk being a big disappointment, or at the very least a poor substitute for the real thing (or downright scary when it comes to the ones that go thick when you shake them). I wasn’t expecting much, although the colourful and relatively solid plastic packaging gave me some confidence.

The first thing that you notice with all four shakes is that they are thick; not “proper” milkshake thick, but a decent amount thicker than “normal” milk, and I’ve paid good money for thinner cafe shakes before. The colours are deep, and Devondale have really done a great job with the packaging – the straws are properly sealed, lids fit nicely and even the straw-hole is well formed as you can see on the Strawberry above.

Devondale MilkshakesSo how did they taste?

  • the “double chocolate” had a deep flavour, reminding me of some “premium” chocolate milks, and might be a bit dark / strong for kids.
  • the “chocolate & salted caramel” seemed to have more of a “traditional” chocolate taste, with the caramel and salt quite subtle in the overall picture. This was my favourite of the four.
  • the “strawberries & cream” was my least favourite, they almost managed to mask the fake-strawberry flavour but didn’t quite make it.
  • the “cookies & cream” was an odd thing. It wasn’t unpleasant, but if I didn’t know what the flavour was in advance I’m not sure f I’d have been able to identify it…which can sometimes be the case with cookies & cream. Maybe it’s just me.

So a mixed bag when it comes to taste, but overall I was really impressed with these milkshakes. Flavours are always a matter of individual taste, but I found the thickness of the milk and quality of the packaging hard to argue with.

Good job, Devondale.