Why Is the Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar in Gatlinburg So Popular?

crazy mason milkshake bar with milkshake and candy apple

The Crazy Mason is known for its over-the-top desserts. Some creations may only be offered for a limited time (photos by Alaina O'Neal/TheSmokies.com)

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The good old days? Don’t you believe it.

I’ve grown up on stories about how things were better since then. In truth, it’s always carried a certain level of incredulity with it.

However, as I’ve aged and the halcyon days of my youth have faded in memory, rounding out the hard edges in a way that softens the past, I am now completely sure. 

The good old days? You can have them. The present is where it’s at.

How do I know? Oh, reader, let me count the ways. 

Take shopping for example. We do not even have to leave the house or our car.

In the old days, if you had an emergency like running out of milk or toilet paper, you’d stuff your hair under your hat, put on any old coat and rush to the store praying you wouldn’t run into anyone you know. 

The store – somehow in preparation for your arrival – would line up two ex-girlfriends, your 11th-grade chemistry teacher who swore in print on your report card you’d never amount to anything and your pastor all ready to greet you on arrival. 


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Television programming is also vastly different. In the days of my youth, we had three channels.

Today? You don’t even have to change the channel; you can just watch something else on your phone.

Still not convinced? That’s ok. I’ll skip the rest of the litany and go straight to the big hammer. 

Did the good old days have the Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar? 

Reader, they did not. In fact, on our best day, we had Baskin-Robbins 32 flavors. We thought ice cream cake was an outlandish delight. 

Today? I wouldn’t cross the street for an ice cream cake unless you served it in a mason jar with enough sundae toppings to make a traditional banana split weep with shame. 

Crazy Mason in Gatlinburg
The Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar in Gatlinburg gets bonus points for creativity (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

What is the Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar?

It is Nirvana with a cookie-dough milkshake. Utopia with an ice cream cookie sandwich. 

Heaven coated in whipped cream, chocolate chips and caramel. 

Oh, you meant more literally? 

The Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar is a quickly growing chain of elaborate ice creameries with fantastical creations and questionable mental stability. 

The chain launched in Myrtle Beach in June of 2020 – the perfect time to launch a new restaurant business.

That it survived at all is a testament to how good it is. That it thrived and grew in that time is … okay, I’m gonna say it … CRAZY!

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Crazy Mason Gatlinburg Menu
Crazy Mason offers a wide variety of shakes and other tasty desserts as well (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

What does the Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar offer?

Stick with me here. 

They offer milkshakes in mason jars. What is a crazy milkshake?

It’s essentially an upscale sundae with a variety of flavors and sweet treats and topping choices stuffed into a mason jar that is not equipped to hold everything. 

Until you’ve held a mason jar filled to overflowing with your favorite desserts and ice cream, you haven’t truly lived. 

Crazy Mason Milkshakes
You can keep the souvenir mason jar after finishing your shake. Guests can use a convenient rinse station (photo by Morgan Overholtl/TheSmokies.com)

Do you get to keep the jar at Crazy Mason? 

Yes, certainly, you can keep the jar. 

But that’s what you’re focusing on here?

They’re selling you ice cream and waffles or banana bread with a donut or chocolate and peanut butter and dozens of desserts flavor options and you want to know about the jar? 

Crazy Mason Shakes including a candy apple shake
The Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar serves interesting concoctions that topple over the mason jar (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

How much is a Crazy Mason shake?

For a Crazy Mason shake? It’s in the ballpark of $15, which seems like a lot until you realize that you’re getting sundaes that require an architectural degree just to serve them.

Plus, you know, you get to keep the jar. 

Do they serve anything other than the Crazy Mason milkshakes?

Sure. They have a variety of dessert options:

Crazy Waffles: These are waffles stacked in a variety of toppings including the Turtle Waffle which is a waffle topped with Sea Salt Caramel ice cream, brownie pieces and pecan pieces, then finished with hot fudge, caramel sauce and whipped icing.

Crazy Cups: These are twists on the traditional ice cream shop taste with a cup of ice cream but ramped up in typical Crazy Mason fashion. The Short and Sweet is two scoops of vanilla ice cream in a crazy cup, topped with strawberry topping, fresh strawberry, a slice of pound cake and whipped icing. The Crazy Cookie Dreams has three scoops of Cookies ‘n’ Cream ice cream in a crazy cup. It’s topped with a whole Oreo, chocolate sauce, crushed Oreo and chocolate whipped icing.

Crazy Bombs: These feature assorted ice cream flavors such as Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough or Birthday Cake Batter – stuffed between a pair of cookies – such as rainbow sprinkles or crushed graham cracker. 

Crazy Desserts: Essentially, if you like one of the many possible toppings like a strawberry cheesecake or pecan pie, you can just get that as a dessert. They’ll top it with ice cream or whipped topping or whatever’s appropriate. 

Ask your server about non-dairy and gluten-free options.

View the menu online, but note that some selections may be seasonal.

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two milkshakes with cheesecake on top of one and oreos on top of the other
The Sweet Cheesus features strawberry cheesecake ice cream in a strawberry-swirled jar and vanilla butter ice cream. The Crazy Cookie Dreams features cookies ‘n’ cream ice cream in a chocolate-swirled jar with a vanilla butter rim rolled in cookie dirt, topped with two Oreo cookies, a Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Cream Bar and chocolate sauce (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

Why is Crazy Mason so popular?

Because they’re so good for the ‘gram.

Truthfully? They’re works of art. And, it’s not a bad deal. The desserts are tasty and you essentially get two desserts and a souvenir for about $15.

You could do a lot worse in the Smokies.

Where are the Crazy Mason locations?

For our purposes, 812 Parkway Suite 106 Gatlinburg, TN is the most relevant location.

For now, it’s the only location in Tennessee, though a Pigeon Forge location is on somebody’s radar somewhere. 

There are four locations in South Carolina with one planned for Charlotte, North Carolina soon. There are also locations in Lynchburg, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland. 

Have you tried a Crazy Mason shake? If so, what did you think? Let us know in the comments!

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John Gullion

John Gullion, Managing Editor at the Citizen Tribune, is a freelance contributor for TheSmokies.com LLC – the parent company of TheSmokies.com and HeyOrlando.com.

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