Sugar Factory's Decadent Shakes and Burgers Are Instagram-Worthy

It stands to reason that Sugar Factory, the ice cream parlor and eatery with a roster of celebrity clientele — most notably Kylie Jenner, who appeared at the chain's Ocean Drive opening — would have the most Instagram-worthy food and drink. 

The chain, known for over-the-top sundaes like the King King that boats 24 scoops of ice cream ($99) and a $1,000 chocolate fondue that arrives with a bottle of Dom Perignon, even has a celebrity gallery on its website. There, you can peruse all sorts of A-, B-, and C-listers from Drake to Katy Perry licking crystal-encrusted lollipops, sipping cocktails served in fishbowl-sized goblets, and devouring dessert. A quick #SugarFactory Instagram search comes up with thousands of pictures of both Kardashians and regular people posing with the restaurant's creations. 

Want to get in on the action and up your Instagram likes? Sugar Factory has made it easier by introducing an assortment of decadent burgers and shakes.

New Times was invited for a preview of these Goliath offerings. These burgers and shakes aren't for the faint of heart and they're not for your typical Tuesday night snack. They do, however, serve a purpose.

Got a birthday coming up? A bat mitzvah? A girls' night out? Simply want to celebrate a promotion or drown your breakup sorrows? These burgers and shakes are perfect for special occasions (even if you have to make one up).

Sugar Factory took your favorite comfort foods and gave them a blast of gamma radiation. Basically, the same thing that happened to Hulk's alter ego, Bruce Banner, happened to your run-of-the-mill milkshake.
Of course, there's one more side effect to these colossal burgers and shakes. Not only will you get hundreds of Instagram "likes" and comments, you'll also get a hoard of curious onlookers at your table. During our tasting, we were accosted by children, teens, and one woman who, slack-jawed, took about a dozen photos of our shakes. With fame comes the paparazzi. 
The farmer burger tops an Angus beef patty with a fried egg., brown gravy, white cheddar, caramelized onions, and fries ($20).  The only thing missing is bacon to get all your barnyard friends represented on this bun. 
The bacon can be found on the big cheesy, where smoked applewood bacon and a helping of macaroni and cheese grace an Angus beef patty ($19).
Bring on the insanity! The caramel Sugar Daddy cheesecake milkshake ($20) arrives in a giant mug usually reserved for Oktoberfest celebrations. This mug, however, is coated in chocolate and holds a vanilla milkshake with caramel sauce and whipped cream. That's not all. A big slice of New York-style cheesecake rides the shake. A rainbow lollipop and actual Sugar Daddy pops are added for effect. Apparently an edible Lamborghini just wasn't available.
Everyone know a cheeseburger and a strawberry shake go together like Danny and Sandy from Grease. (In fact, there's a scene in the movie where the two star-crossed 30-year-olds playing teens canoodle over a burger and shake.) So, why not put them together in a glass? The bacon cheeseburger milkshake ($20) tops a strawberry shake with whipped cream, M&M's, pretzels, bacon strips, and a cheeseburger slider! Of course, the mug is coated in chocolate with pretzels and M&M's. 
If these two shakes just weren't decadent enough, the tie dye milkshake ($20) is for you. A vanilla milkshake is drizzled with red, blue, green, and yellow ganache for a tie dye effect. Then, the shake is topped with Pop Rocks, a candy necklace, rainbow sprinkles, and two spears of cotton candy that makes the concoction look like a giant Easter bunny on acid is hiding in your drink. The only thing missing is a real, live tiny tutti-frutti-colored unicorn frolicking among the whipped cream. Because that would be over the top. 
All three shakes are available at both Sugar Factory Ocean Drive (at the Victor Hotel) and at the new location at 647-49 Lincoln Road. Don't forget your camera and lighting crew.
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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
Contact: Laine Doss