• Every Insta-Worthy Milkshake At Birch Hoboken {+ Introducing the Hoboken Girl Shake}

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    Remember how your parents told you it wasn’t acceptable to play with your food? That’s definitely a thing of the past because at Birch, the latest bar to open in Hoboken, they’ve got some drool-worthy, candy-covered milkshakes that are as Instagram-worthy as they are delicious. We recently got a super-exclusive peek at the menu, which includes seven milkshakes that can include liquor {aka you can “spike” it} as well as an extensive cocktail and burger list — AND we’ve teamed up with Birch to create the ultimate “local” masterpiece: The #HobokenGirlShake.

    We’ll share a little bit about how we went about creating the milkshake but first…

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    ^Shakes on the menu

    …a few of the Birch menu’s {crazy/amazing} shakes. These creations range from $13-$15 dollars, and if you add liquor, it’s an additional $4 {BUUUUT if you mention Hoboken Girl [as part of our new deals directory], you’ll get your milkshake spiked, fo’ FREE}. Add Bailey’s, Creme de Mint, Amaretto, Kahula, or Rum for when you’re looking for a little extra kick. Regardless of what you choose, one thing is certain: all your Instagram followers will be super jealous.

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    Okay back to business. We’re so excited to have teamed up with Birch to craft the perfect HG milkshake as an ode to some of our favorite local treats made here in Hoboken. So without further ado: presenting the official #HobokenGirlShake!

    #HobokenGirlShake

    Ingredients:

    • Chocolate chip cookies from OM Sweet Home
    • Dark chocolate chunks from Lepore’s
    • Sugar cookies from Baking Mama with our HG logo
    • Cannolis from Giorgio’s {this one was a large cannoli, sometimes it may be a smaller one so don’t be alarmed, we’re saving you a few grams of sugar}
    • {All atop a glazed doughnut}
    • Nutella-dipped chocolate pretzel and chocolate chips on top
    • Cookie dough ice cream + Nutella
    • Whipped cream
    • Nutella-dipped rim with chocolate chips
    • Chocolate chips on top for the finishing touch

    Mic drop. Yes, you can order this when you visit Birch, and yes, you’ll get Kahlua added to it if you request it {it’s complimentary}.

    In case you were wondering, the path to this shake’s creation wasn’t easy. We knew we wanted to incorporate locally made ingredients, which is what we love so much about this area. And Nutella, obviously. So we searched high and low for a bakery that could make a sugar cookie with our logo on it:

    ^Baking Mama’s Sugar Cookie on a stick with our logo

    Then, we knew we had to add some pizazz to our cookie dough ice cream + Nutella. We rimmed the outside of the glass with Nutella and chocolate chip cookies from Om Sweet Home {whipped cream in the middle, obviously}.

    Then — add a doughnut on top.

    Now once you go in on some Nutella, there’s no stopping. So we added in a Nutella-dipped pretzel covered in chocolate chips, topped it with whipped cream because why not, and then added some Lepore’s [yes the Hoboken chocolate OG] chocolate chunks to top off the whipped cream.

    But still, it felt like something was missing. After much deliberation and Hoboken soul-searching, however, we figured it out: a cannoli! And if you’re going with a cannoli, a popular place you can go for authentic old school Italian Hoboken vibes is Giorgio’s. So that’s exactly what we did:

    Final #HobokenGirlShake product {because you know you wanna see it twice}:

    ^Yes, there’s a doughnut under there.

    And — it’s worth mentioning yet again that you can spike it with Kahlua {normally $4, but if you mention Hoboken Girl when you order, you get it spiked free of charge!}. Now if you’re needing insulin just looking at our creation, wait til you see the rest. Since we couldn’t pick a favorite, we figured we’d go ham and share all of the creations you can order on the menu. Here are a few more milkshake faves from Birch:

    Give Me S’mores

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    This counts as being “outdoorsey” and going camping, right?

    Ingredients:

    • Toasted s’mores
    • Graham crackers
    • Hershey’s chocolate bar {yes, an ENTIRE bar}
    • Toasted marshmallows
    • Cookie crumbles
    • Chocolate ice cream
    •  Fresh, organic milk

    Shake Boss

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    This unicorn-esque treat was crafted by Carlos Bakery baker Gabrielle Parisi {who also helped us create ours!}, so you know it’s not going to disappoint.

    Ingredients:

    • Cupcakes
    • Carnival-style lollipops
    • Rainbow Sprinkles
    • Buttercream Icing
    • Ice Cream
    • Fresh Organic Milk

    Cookie Monster

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    Yes, this shake would really make the OG Cookie Monster go insane.

    Ingredients:

    • Pirouettes
    • Chocolate Covered Pretzels
    • Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
    • Cookie Dough Ice Cream
    • Coco Puffs
    • Fresh Organic Milk

    ‘Tis Mint To Be

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    Mint chocolate chip ice cream + this chocolate mint delicacy is something to write home about.

    Ingredients:

    • Pirouettes
    • Fresh Mint
    • Andes Chocolates
    • Oreo Crumbs
    • Chocolate Covered Rim
    • Chocolate Mint Ice Cream
    • Fresh Organic Milk

    Carnival

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    This masterpiece is boasting quite a Charlie & the Chocolate Factory vibe.

    Ingredients:

    • Cotton Candy
    • Carnival Style Lollipops
    • Fruit Loops
    • Sour Candies
    • Vanilla Frosted Rim
    • Strawberry Vanilla Ice Cream
    • Fresh Organic Milk

    Nuts About Birch

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    What better way to show how crazy you are about peanut butter and chocolate than with an official Birch milkshake.

    Ingredients:

    • Butterfinger Crunch
    • Chocolate Covered Rim
    • Reese’s Peanut Butter Pie
    • Assorted Chocolate Pretzels
    • Reese’s Pieces
    • Chocolate Ice Cream blended with Nutella and peanut butter
    • Fresh Organic Milk

    You can also order artisan cocktails and food, if a milkshake doesn’t do the trick. Most notably, they’ve got a killer craft burger menu, which includes the OMG…French Onion Burger {yes, it’s really called that}, the Veggie Burger, the Chipotle Burger and the Cheese Lover Burger {there are THREE types of cheeses on it}. To go along with your grassfed burger, Birch serves unique fry options including white truffle fries, cheesy fries, loaded fries — and of course some plain and classic fries. Of course we can’t forget that they offer salads, but after your milkshake, you’ll probably be craving a burger to match. Is that normal?

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    Below is the “Birch Smoked” Pre-Prohibition Old Fashioned — in which the bartender actually light wood on fire to smoke the inside of the glass. Legit.

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    Overall, the vibe at Birch is fun and inviting with a yummy dessert, food, and drink menu — a bar on the first floor {shares a space with Mike’s Saloon}, and a nightlife/club eventspace on the second and third level. Perfect way to turn up and burn some cals dancing on a weekend after you’ve downed a milkshake. Truth be told, it was so inspiring to see firsthand how much time, energy, and creative thinking went into these shake creations that are sure to cure your sugar [or Instagram] blues. So happy to have Birch apart of the neighborhood!

    Have you been to Birch? Make sure to order our #HobokenGirlShake and tag us [@hobokengirlblog] on Instagram!

    This post is a collaboration between HobokenGirl.com and Birch Hoboken.


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    Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.