With summer on its way and temperatures on the up, in UK terms, it's time to grab an ice-cold quencher at one of the smoothie making stores to suck on while you mooch about town or for chilling with on the beach.
With such a bewildering array of options from the healthy fruit and yoghurt sort to the calorific ice-cream blends there is a choice for everyone.
Located on the pier Moo Moo's has prime positioning for the teaming tourists who make their way to this Brighton landmark and in summer it would be difficult not to be tempted. They have two locations on the pier and a whole host of combos to try, like their Bananarama - a blend of banana, chocolate honeycomb, whipped cream and choclate syrup or The Teaser - blending vanilla ice-cream with Maltesers Toffee Crumble and choc flake. After trying a few, general impressions were that they tasted good if a little watery and surprisingly, the pier prices are not much more than other establishments.
Score: 3/5 a bit watery
Brighton, Sussex BN1 1HP Tel: 01273 202 563
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Shakeaway, probably the most popular in Brighton, it is also the most brash branding with their gaudy yellow and blue stripes. There are often queues out the door so they are getting something right. The staff are friendly and offered an alternative when the strawberry option I wanted wasn't available. Choosing a raspberry ice-cream shake instead I headed out into the sunshine to taste their fare. It was disappointing, oh well. But as I was walking along the main street I was stopped by a kid who saw the gaudy bright yellow and blue cup and wanted to know where Shakeaway was located. The girl in the store told me their best seller was their Oreo cookies shake. They have a huge array of options including vegan and lactose free listed on their website alongside photos of celeb fans, a downloadable app, calendar and fun stuff to get involved in. As well as this and their comprehensive list of ingredients they have Named Milkshakes, which could have you opting for the likes of Dave, advertised as, Everyone knows a Dave: Ferrero Rochers and Kinder Bueno forming a perfect couple with a Flake crumble over them. With such a following I'll have to go back for a second tasting.
Prices: £2.80 / £3.80