Unfortunately, when I ordered one I was asked if I wanted a small, medium, or large, and I went with the small which, the cashier neglected to mention, does not come with whipped cream, a caramel swirl, or sea salt. So yeah, I got a caramel shake. It was $2.19.
Apparently, you only get the caramel swirl, whipped cream, and sea salt with the medium size so that if you order a small or large size, you just get a plain caramel shake. It's unexpected to be sure and I would have preferred just receiving the medium rather than to be given the option to choose from different sizes when the different sizes are, in fact, technically different shakes.
As far as the caramel shake goes, it was actually pretty good. I tend to find caramel shakes a bit too sweet but Arby's version hits the right spot. There was just enough caramel flavor blended in with the vanilla base. I didn't really catch any saltiness though. The ingredients for the caramel syrup include salt but it wasn't there for me. I can only assume that the sea salt is meant to add the missing salty notes.
I don't know that a sprinkle of sea salt on top will add that much salty flavor, but I didn't order another shake to find out.
The consistency of the shake was fairly thick, but pretty icy; I could see little ice crystals throughout the shake. I don't remember seeing such the last time I had an Arby's shake though, so it could just be an isolated incident.
Overall, Arby's Salted Caramel Shake (Caramel Shake?) was actually pretty good for a caramel shake, but missed out on the "Salted" portion, at least when you get a small or large since the medium comes with sea salt.
Nutrition not available for small size.