It’s not hard to try to replicate a Wendy’s Frosty at home: Brandie Skibinski of the blog the Country Cook has an at-home recipe for a Wendy’s Frosty.

The Ice Cream Maker
The most important equipment you’ll need, though, is an ice cream maker. Only an ice cream maker will give you the right consistency, Skibinski says. "I've had a couple of folks try to mix it together and put it in the freezer and it just doesn't set up right," she says. "You need that ice cream maker to really whip some air into it." (You can also use a blender for the Frosty recipe: check out the last section for a how-to using a blender.)

The Secret to the At-Home Frosty
Another key factor in making the perfect Wendy’s Frosty at home is to freeze the ice cream maker bowl for 24 to 48 hours. If it’s not frozen, it might take up to two days for the room-temperature ingredients to freeze, Skibinski says. You should also put plastic wrap on the bowl to prevent those dreaded ice crystals from forming. "Ice crystals can compromise the integrity of the Frosty by adding additional water to the cream mixture — which you don’t want," Skibinski says.

The Final Step
Blend your concoction for about 25 minutes, Skibinski says, depending on your model of ice cream maker. Once it’s that thick consistency of a Frosty drink, it’s ready to be served — and enjoyed.

The Country Cook’s At-Home Frosty Recipe

1 quart chocolate milk

One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

(Cook’s Note: Skibinski has a 1 ½-quart ice cream maker and this recipe works perfectly for this size. If your ice cream maker is larger, you may want to double the recipe.)

Directions for the Country Cook’s At-Home Frosty Recipe
With an ice cream maker

In a medium bowl, whisk together chocolate milk and sweetened condensed milk until combined.

Pour into canister of ice cream maker and freeze according to your ice cream maker's directions.

Turn your ice cream maker on before pouring. This helps to prevent the liquid from sticking to the sides right away.

Pull off the plastic wrap from your ice cream maker bowl, and pour the mixture into the bowl as it is turning. Blend for about 25 minutes for a thick consistency. Serve in cups (with spoons).

With a blender

In a large mixing bowl, combine chocolate milk and sweetened condensed milk. Mix the ingredients using a large blender. Once thoroughly combined, put the mixture into a freezer safe container and freeze for 2 or more hours, making sure you stir thoroughly every half hour until desired thickness is reached.