Cookies & Cream Milkshake is a new 2020 winter holiday 3-wick, 14.5 ounce candle from Bath & Body Works and White Barn. It retails for $24.50 and I was able to purchase this in-store during the annual Candle Day sale for $9.95. I was lucky to spot it as I was finishing up and heading toward the register! Unfortunately, it was not available online for Candle Day. These are my first impressions.
The notes for Cookies & Cream Milkshake read: chocolate cookie crumbles, vanilla bean ice cream, and chocolate drizzle. The scent description is accurate: it’s a creamy milk chocolate and vanilla fragrance with a light to medium strength and throw. It is not as strong as Hot Cocoa & Cream, so if you’re a big fan of that scent, you may be disappointed. It is a little similar to Vanilla Bean Noel too, but I think it is a bit stronger and the throw is better. As for milkshake or ice cream? I do pick up a slight milky, dairy note, but it’s easily overpowered by the other notes. I get the feeling that I could burn this year-round, whereas with hot chocolate scents, I tend to only bring those out while it’s cold. It’s really up to personal preference. With this candle, you’ll trade the strength of Hot Cocoa & Cream for a slightly better throwing vanilla-based candle, but the chocolate is dominant.
Ultimately, I am glad that I purchased the candle this year. I’m okay with the fact that Bath & Body Works already has the traditional vanilla bean and creamy chocolate scents available for winter. I would have grabbed it even if it weren’t on sale. I love Hot Cocoa & Cream, and I enjoy a basic vanilla bean burn from time to time, but what I really appreciate is having something a little bit different this Christmas, even if it isn’t a major change. Think of a mug of hot chocolate with a bit of French vanilla cream added – that’s what I’m getting out of this candle today. I’ll be happy to have this burning in the kitchen while I bake Christmas cookies!