Review: Arby’s Salted Caramel Shake

Being a fan of Arby’s “swirl” shakes, I decided I had to go out and try their latest swirl shake: The Salted Caramel Shake. The Salted Caramel Shake features a caramel shake with a salted caramel swirl, whipped cream, and a sprinkle of pink sea salt. I purchased a medium shake for $2.59.

How Does It Taste?

I’m not a fan of caramel shakes, but I figured I’d give Arby’s a try since I fell in love with last year’s Peppermint Shake and the more recent Chocolate Mint Chocolate Shake. The shakes combined delicious, somewhat out of the ordinary shake flavors with an eye-catching design. I don’t drink milkshakes often, but Arby’s had become my favorite place to grab one. I read some less-than-stellar reviews on their last shake, the Triple Berry Shake, but I never tasted it myself, so Arby’s was on a perfect track record as far as I was concerned.

Arby's Salted Caramel Shake

The Salted Caramel Shake continues the trend of pretty shakes, and comes with a nice little caramel swirl and is topped with whipped cream and something I’ve never seen before: pink Hawaiian sea salt. I have to give props where due, this is one of the few food items I’ve ever had that looked just like the promo pictures. The shake looked the part, but how did it taste? I have to say, that the first sip tasted absolutely nothing like I expected. I’ve had caramel shakes before, and this was most certainly not caramel flavor.

This was easily the most disgusting, vomit-inducing shake I’ve ever tasted. It tasted like some kind of cough-syrup mixed with some salt and some kind of mild fruity flavor I couldn’t pinpoint. This particular mixture of shake really brought out the flavor of the chemicals in the batch. I was appalled by what had just passed through my lips, and I will be apologizing to my body later for forcing any amount of this shake into it.

Arby's Salted Caramel Shake

As with the other Swirl shakes, I tasted the inside “swirl” of the shake. That turned out to be a mistake because the caramel they used is extremely salty. Instead of the pleasant, sweet caramel flavor I was expecting I was met with another angle of attack from the sodium monster.

I also made the mistake of licking a small portion of the whipped cream sprinkled with sea salt on top. The salt cut right through the whipped cream and nearly mad me gag. The topping is pretty, but it is definitely the poorest choice of topping I’ve seen on a shake. The shake already tasted nothing like caramel, so I imagine drizzling caramel on top of this shake would have been a much better course of action, although not enough to save this disaster. And if you are unfortunate enough to sip one of the little salt rocks through your straw while drinking this, you will be in for a rude awakening.

Arby's Salted Caramel Shake

The Salted Caramel Shake is the worst shake I have ever had in my life. I can’t believe a chain that got previous shakes so right managed to get this one so wrong. I trusted you Arby’s, I really did, but now I don’t know what our relationship has become. I could barely sip past a couple ounces of the shake before pouring it down the sink. Do yourself a favor and stay far away from this abomination.


Arby’s Salted Caramel Shake is a pretty shake that looks just like the promotional pictures but tastes like cough syrup. The level of sodium in this shake is through the roof and it is made apparent while sipping on this shake. I have never had a caramel shake go so wrong before. Even though I’m not crazy for caramel, I can still drink caramel shakes just fine, all except for this one. Remember: Friends don’t let friends try Arby’s Salted Caramel Shake.

The Score

Taste: 1.5/10
Presentation: 9/10

What I liked: The shake was pretty
What I didn’t like: Flavor doesn’t even resemble caramel, way too salty, sea salt on top is disgusting if ingested with this shake, couldn’t stomach more than a couple sips, looks good but doesn’t taste good

Nutrition Facts

Arby’s Salted Caramel Shake
Calories: 680
Calories from Fat: 190
Total Fat: 21g
Sat. Fat: 13g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 65mg
Sodium: 1400mg
Carbs: 114g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 91g
Protein: 16g

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Taylor Tamblin

Taylor is a food lover, rock guitar player, programmer, and runs the fast food review website Man Reviews Food.


  1. what color was your shake? offwhite or an actual tan? Mine was tan and quite tasty. They should have given your money back, or at least made one properly.

    • It was somewhere between offwhite and tan. I just remember that there was virtually no caramel flavor, just salt and “chemical” taste.

  2. OMG!!!!! Why oh why didn’t I look at this review before I bought one last night!!!! You hit the nail on the head, it is disgusting, vile and nauseating! It could almost turn you off of salted caramel but then I think of the fabulous salted caramel gelato I have had and I am in love again! Arby’s should remove this shake ASAP!!!

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