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Headingly gets shaken up

Leah Vigon goes wonkas in the suburbs

Published on January 14th 2010.

Headingly gets shaken up

As children, most of us were enthralled with the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, we watched in wonder as a rainbow of candy filled our screens and we salivated at the mouth-watering scenes in Willy Wonka's world of treats and delights.

Can you imagine if Willy Wonka made milkshakes? He would’ve invented such extraordinary flavours such as Blueberry muffin and Toffee popcorn flavour or Strawberry Cheesecake with Custard Cream flavour. How crazy would that be?

Well according to Shaky Jakes in Headingley, Leeds, it’s actually not that crazy at all, and the masses of customer’s young and old who step inside their world of whipped ice cream and confectionary couldn’t agree more.

With its pink decor and black and white tiling Shaky Jakes is not hard to miss. The environment provides a refreshing change from the dark, subdued concepts of 21 century cafes. Its 1950’s dinner style backdrop looks like it has been lifted from the set of Grease - all that’s missing is a juke box and a 70 year old waitress.

The establishment is owned by Katie Duxbury and Patrick Windle, who came up with the idea whilst travelling around Bali (the sun can do funny things to the brain). The couple opened the shop in May 2008 and it has already become a firm favourite with the student residents in and around Headingley, so much so that Leeds Metropolitan University asked them to cater for their graduation days in July. They’ve even received a celebrity endorsement from the Kaiser Chiefs who mentioned Shaky Jakes on Chris Moyles' show on Radio One.

I decided I had no choice but to go and test this crazy concept of mix and match milkshakes – all in the name of serious investigative journalism. I did not dribble or behave in a childlike manner honest.

There are over 200 flavours to choose from. The menu reads like a what’s what of the confectionary and cake world, including Mint Aero, drumsticks and Jammie Dodgers, there’s even Special K Bars for the health conscious. Some flavours I have to admit were not as appealing as others. I couldn’t quite get my head around the idea of blending in Black Jacks, Licorice Allsorts or extra strong mints to our milkshakes, but the idea of mixing chocolate, ice cream and my favourite cakes and sweets together soon distracted me from the stranger ingredients on offer.

What’s nice to notice is that they also make non-dairy milkshakes and fresh fruit smoothies, so there are alternatives for those of you who might want a little indulgence but can’t quite stretch to the ultimate guilt of a fully loaded shake.

After about 10 minutes of mute deliberation and mental anguish I finally came upon my decision. If you are on a diet you should look away now as I reveal the contents of my quirky but absolutely scrumptious milkshake – Galaxy Caramel, marshmallow and Jam Doughnut (with extra strawberry jam). Oh yes, it tasted as sinful as it sounds, but I enjoyed every last slurp of it. And was a teensy bit tempted to try another but I don’t think my stomach would’ve appreciated it. That’s ok though because I’ve got my Shaky Jakes loyalty card now and I’m 7 away from getting my free shake, now what shall I go for tomorrow…

Shaky Jakes is inviting you to invent your own named milkshake. Their favourite will have pride of place on their menu and the winner will receive free milkshakes every week for a whole year.

To enter all you have to do is decide on two flavours and a topping for your spectacular shake and drop it into the post-in box at Shaky Jakes or alternatively email it to info@shakyjakes.co.uk with your name and phone number.

Shaky Jakes
2 Gateway House
15 North Lane

0113 2179156


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TykeBaiterSeptember 18th 2008.

Come on you Yorkies, let's hear your views. Rant away. Read any story on Manchester Confidential to see how it's done! I can't believe Yorkshire folk don't have some (strong) opinions. As the footie chant goes.... "It's just like being in Church"

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