A campaign group in the UK called for a ban on freakshakes last year.
The milkshake-on-steroids became a worldwide phenomenon for sweet-tooths in 2015 after a cafe in Canberra originally developed the concept of creating a shake topped with an assortments of extras which, depending on the theme, can include whipped cream, chocolate bars and entire slices of cake.
Dietitians might frown upon them, but freakshakes are sticking around.
Laneway On Darby recently unveiled a new range of freakshakes following the relaunch of the Darby Street cafe previously known as The Depot.
The cafe was famous for its freakshakes, so the new owners ensured they remained on the menu.
The freakshakes are thickshake-style, blended with lots of ice cream and - depending on the flavour - anything from cake, cookie dough or cheesecake filling.
"You can get really creative coming up with combinations," manager Emma Gunn says.
Among the most popular on the menu is the Nutella S'more, which combines a Nutella and marshmallow thickshake topped with Scotch Finger biscuit, slathered with Nutella, toasted marshmallows, whipped cream and chocolate sauce.
"Most people can finish one, but always leave full, with the odd person being able to smash down as freakshake as well as an entire meal," Gunn says.
Here are five shakes to try:
LANEWAY ON DARBY, 143 Darby Street, Cooks Hill
Formerly known as The Depot, Laneway on Darby has not only adopted a new name and revamped fit out, but unveiled a new menu - think soft tacos, sliders, and Cubano sandwiches. And, yep, they've still got freakshakes. The decadent shakes include the salted caramel thickshake topped with a gooey chocolate brownie, whipped cream, pretzels, and salted caramel and chocolate sauce.
Other flavours include the Choc Mint, Cookie Dough, Red Velvet Cupcake, and Strawberry Cheesecake. Keep an eye out for weekly specials, too. Last month's Freaky Fries Shake came dressed with a waffle cone full of French fries.
"That was our take on dipping your French fries into your sundae," manager Emma Gunn explains.
This week's special is the banana split freakshake.
TELLA BALLS DESSERT BAR, Shop 2039/1 Molly Morgan Drive, East Maitland
Nothing is understated on the menu at Tella Balls. From the waffles and crepes to the tella balls (a brioche doughnut-style ball) and the dessert "lasagna", it wouldn't be too difficult to chew through a day's worth of calories in a single sitting.
Even the milkshakes could classify as a meal.
The Tella Ball Shake comes in a variety of classic and special flavours - our pick is the Golden Gaytime. The shake is topped with one of their signature doughnut balls, which is filled with sweet stuff such as Nutella or strawberry jam (check the cabinet for flavours). Slurp through the straw that is inserted down the middle of the doughnut and get a big hit of the filling and shake all in one.
ACTIVE DINER, 58 Ferodale Road, Medowie
If you've got visions of recreating John Travolta and Uma Thurman's dance scene from Pulp Fiction over a shake, check out Active Diner in Medowie.
The 1950s American-style diner has a black and white chequerboard floor, booth seats and vinyl records decorating the walls.
They also make a good old-fashioned shake, too.
Forget the mason jar trend - these shakes are served in a proper milkshake glass and they've got all the classic flavours. Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, caramel, banana, lime, as well as the slightly more indulgent creations such as the Malteser, Nutella or cookies and cream.
LYNCH'S HUB, 292 Wharf Road, Newcastle
The tiny harbourside cafe is a nice little pit stop along the harbour for healthy eats and house-made soft serve. Recently, they added freakshakes to the specials board.
Past creations include toffee apple, which combined a green apple and coconut shake with toffee-flavoured cream, apple, toffee shards and spiced apple sauce, as well as a liquorice bullet version with a chocolate thickshake filled with liquorice cream, chocolate sauce, liquorice straps and chocolate bullets. A musk version proved popular, too.
They say most of the concepts have a flavour theme rather than being a "generic freakshake with lots of sweets and cream piled on".
Keep an eye out for their specials board next time you pass by.
MILKY LANE, 13 Darby Street, Newcastle
It's not open yet, but the countdown for the Newcastle arrival of much-talked-about Sydney franchise Milky Lane has begun.
The restaurant is set to open this month, bringing with it their trademark over-the-top burgers, loaded fries and megashakes, which, in a word, could best be described as insane.
The shakes are not only loaded on top, but the glass itself is encased with edible sweet stuff.
They mix it up with themed specials each week, which usually take inspiration from biscuits (Oreo) or chocolate bars (Cherry Ripe).
Recent creations include the Candy Shop, complete with sour straps, lollipops, bubblegum and crushed Fruit Tingles.
For the big kids, boozy cocktail shakes are also on the menu.
Keep an eye on Milky Lane's Facebook and Instagram page for updates.