Freakshakes Bring the Wow-Factor To Dearborn’s Cheat Treats

The sweets shop also serves up vegan açaí bowls, vegan cookies, gluten-free cakes, and an 18-inch Homer Simpson-inspired doughnut
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The S’mores Freakshake is topped with toasted marshmallows, graham cracker shards, and a Choco Taco

Every now and then, we’re all presented with a dietary dilemma: to satisfy a sweet tooth with a sugar-rich treat, or to opt for a guilt-free alternative. The conundrum is never more evident than during a visit to Cheat Treats, the Dearborn sweet spot where dessert options range from vegan açaí bowls topped with fresh fruit to an 18-inch Homer Simpson-inspired doughnut.

As a keto diet devotee, owner Ali Hachem opened Cheat Treats in 2017 with a line of protein-rich, keto-friendly cheesecakes and later added creamy, sugar-free milkshakes, vegan cookies, and gluten-free cakes. He’s since expanded the menu options to include “unhealthy” desserts — treats made with traditional ingredients, such as sugar, all-purpose flour, and butter.

Among Cheat Treats’ sinful options are Hachem’s Freakshakes, the café’s traditional sugar-free milkshakes supercharged with mountains of sweet toppings. “I just wanted to put smiles on people’s faces,” Hachem says. “That’s where the concept for the Freakshakes came from.”

This season, try Hachem’s cool take on a bonfire classic with the S’mores Freakshake, a chocolate-based milkshake topped with toasted marshmallows, graham cracker shards, a Choco Taco, and a chocolate-graham cracker rim. “Especially with everything that’s going on with COVID-19, we like to create an escape — something for people to enjoy and have fun with to take their minds off the stress of this crisis.”

Cheat Treats, 5838 Schaefer Road, Dearborn; 313-254-9475; cheattreatscafe.com

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Lyndsay Green, a New York native, spent several years as a beauty editor at national glossies, including Ebony, Glamour magazine’s Glam Belleza Latina, and Teen Vogue. After relocating to Detroit in 2017, she served as managing editor at Hour Detroit, and has since transitioned into the role of the magazine's dining editor. Green devotes most of her time to eating her way through metro Detroit's culinary scene. At home, she's a budding homesteader growing her own organic produce — and a decent cook, too! Find her on Instagram at @ladyluff and email her at lgreen@hour-media.com.