Milkshake monstrosities await you at Taste Buds

When I was a kid and Florida’s sun shiny heat would come rolling in, my mom would bust out the blender, some ice cream and a shot of chocolate syrup. Those milkshakes were simple and sweet and the perfect treat for a hot summer day.

These are not those milkshakes.

Taste Buds is a cute little ice cream parlor with a love for going big. It is a bit of a drive from Navarre Beach, but well worth adding to the vacation schedule, specifically because of their massive, mouthwatering milkshakes.

Served up in classic southern mason jars, Taste Bud milkshakes are piled high with sweet and savory toppings. There’s one topped with a mini pie, and another has not one but two mini cupcakes mounted atop a pile of whipped cream. Whether it be a handful of oreos and andes mints or a Belgium waffle, every one of these self-proclaimed “freakshakes” is delicious.

Dessert here may require two hands.

Beyond just beautiful to behold, these treats are absolutely tasty. And it doesn’t stop at “freakshakes.” The shop offers dozens of flavors of ice cream and incrEDIBLE cookie dough. It’s a favorite stop for my family after a long day of soaking up the beach front sun.

Plus for the big of stomach and brave of heart, there is the “Oh No You Didn’t” Challenge.

In a bowl larger than my head, the lovely ladies of Taste Buds will pile high 12 scoops of your favorite ice cream flavors, 2 waffles, 2 massive brownies, a sprinkling of toppings, syrup and whipped cream with a cherry on top.

All together this thing weighs 5 pounds! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to eat the entire thing, cherry and all, in 30 minutes or less. Succeed and it is free. Plus, you get a $20 gift card and your name immortalized on the “Wall of Fame.”

Loose and you got to pay, plus your name goes on the “Wall of Shame” along with a note of just how much of that 5 pounds was left behind.

It may sound easy, but by the time you have consumed a pound of ice cream, odds are your stomachs full and that sweet dairy is fighting back. This is only for the tough folks.

Thus far only two people have finished the whole thing in time. I have to say I have been too much of a chicken to try.

“Oh No You Didn’ts” aside, Taste Buds has some less intimidating but absolutely sinful sweets that are worth a sampling. Add dessert to that beautiful beach front escape here on Navarre Beach. Book today at

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