How to Make a Copycat Wendy’s Frosty Recipe at Home

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This copycat Frosty recipe has the unique flavor and texture of a real Wendy's Frosty.

It’s not quite a milkshake or soft-serve ice cream. The Frosty is a totally unique frozen dessert. This tasty chocolate treat, which has been on the Wendy’s menu since the fast-food restaurant first opened in 1969, has stood the test of time. But is it possible to recreate a Wendy’s Frosty recipe at home? The answer, I am happy to report, is a resounding “Yes!” Here are 8 things you never knew about Wendy’s Frosty.

This is particularly good news for me, as my nearest Wendy’s restaurant is an hour’s drive away. I might have to make some homemade fries for dipping, or other copycat Wendy’s recipes, too. Here’s how you can make Wendy’s chili at home.

How to make a Wendy’s Frosty

This recipe makes 8 servings.


  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 quarts chocolate milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) Cool Whip, thawed

Editor’s tip: Feel free to sub in your favorite non-dairy milk or low-fat versions of these ingredients.



Step 1: Whisk the milks

In a large bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk and chocolate milk. Sift in the cocoa powder and stir to combine. Then, stir in the vanilla extract.

Step 2: Fold in the Cool Whip

Use a rubber spatula to fold in the Cool Whip. Stir to thoroughly combine the ingredients.

Psst: This is how to “fold” in ingredients.

Step 3: Freeze the mixture

Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to freeze into ice cream. (Depending on your ice cream maker, it should take about 15 to 20 minutes to reach the right consistency.)

Editor’s tip: Depending on the size of your ice cream maker, you may need to do this step in several batches. If you’d prefer to make one batch at a time, the leftover Frosty mixture can be refrigerated for up to one week before freezing it in the ice cream maker.

Image of two Frostys with gold spoonSusan Bronson for Taste of Home

Step 4: Serve it up

Once it’s frozen, spoon the Frosty into a glass and serve immediately with a spoon, straw, or both. Next, we’re tempted to recreate the discontinued Coffee Toffee Frosty…and maybe grill up some square burgers, too! Here’s the real reason why Wendy’s burgers are squares.

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Susan Bronson
Susan Bronson is a writer and editor based in Northern Wisconsin.