And the Winning Recipe Is …

It’s not every day we get invited to a milkshake contest — yum!

Spiced Pumpkin Pie, Strawberry Cheesecake, PB&J and Pina Colada were the four flavors set before guests in the PDQ milkshake contest early this week, each created by a team member from the Cary location.

“Every year PDQ holds a team member contest to create a shake, with the potential for it to go onto next year’s seasonal rotation in PDQ locations nationwide,” said Operating Director Nathan Bartlett. “It’s their chance to get creative.”

Of the approximately 30 entries at the Cary location, suggestions like an anchovy shake were “immediate no’s,” Bartlett said, while others made it through to the next round.

PDQ prides itself on the use of real milk, ice cream and fruit in its shakes, fudge rather than chocolate, and name brand toppings.

The local winner of the contest earns a $500 Visa gift card, is entered into a drawing for airline tickets, and will compete against winners from other PDQ locations to make the official menu.

And now, drum roll please … winner of the Cary PDQ milkshake contest is Chris Hauser, creator of the Strawberry Cheesecake shake.

Want to try this creamy concoction at home? Here’s the winning recipe!


Strawberry Cheesecake by Chris Hauser is the winning milkshake flavor in a contest at PDQ-Cary.


Strawberry Cheesecake Shake

For a 14-ounce shake, blend:

10 ounces ice cream

3 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs

1 ounce cream cheese

1 ounce condensed milk

1.5 ounces strawberry juice


For a 20-ounce shake, blend into ice cream:

4 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs

1.5 ounces cream cheese

1.5 ounces condensed milk

2 ounces strawberry juice


More About PDQ

Stands for: People Dedicated to Quality

0: Number of freezers and microwaves in the restaurant

Sauces: Made and portioned in-house, with no preservatives

9: Number of menu items

Fries: Hand-punched, baked before fried

Known for: “No secrets” open cook area, community involvement


PDQ Cary

9025 Winston Hill Drive

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