How Utah Played a Big Role in Chick-fil-A’s First New Milkshake Flavor in 4 Years

A photo of Chick-fil-A’s new fall spice milkshake, which will make its national debut Monday after a successful test in the Salt Lake City area last year. (Chick-fil-a)

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SALT LAKE CITY — National fast food chain Chick-fil-A announced Thursday that it’s rolling out a new seasonal milkshake flavor, and you can thank Utah for that.

The Atlanta-based chain plans to debut a new fall spice milkshake nationwide starting Monday, the first new milkshake flavor in four years. It follows the “success”[ads1]; of a limited test in the Salt Lake City area last year, said Leslie Neslage, director of menu and packaging at Chick-fil-A.

“We tested the fall spice milkshake in October in Salt Lake City, and we received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback that inspired our decision to launch this new milkshake nationwide,” she said in a statement.

Chick-fil-A officials said last year that they chose the Salt Lake City area because it is the largest consumer of its milkshakes in any city across the country, buying more than 1.5 million milkshakes in 2020. That’s why The fast food chain also tested a butterscotch crumble milkshake on the market.

“Since locals in Utah’s capital seem to love both signature and seasonal milkshake flavors, we know they’ll take their taste-testing role very seriously,” the company wrote in a press release last year.

The new milkshake, approved by Utahns, contains cinnamon with crunchy bits of brown sugar cookie, according to the company. Chick-fil-A also announced that it will bring back its seasonal Grilled Spicy Deluxe Sandwich on Monday as well.

Both items are expected to remain on the menu through November 12, while supplies last.

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Carter Williams is an award-winning reporter who covers general news, outdoors, history and sports for He previously worked for the Deseret News. He’s a Utah transplant by the way in Rochester, New York.

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