A milkshake is a sweet, cold beverage which is made from milk, ice cream or iced milk, and flavorings or sweeteners such as fruit syrup or chocolate sauce. Milkshakes are usually served in a tall glass with a straw, and whipped cream may be added as a topping. However, they did not always look the way they do today.
There are many interesting facts and an even more intriguing history that can be learned about milkshakes
In the early days, milkshakes did not just include the typical ingredients of milk, ice cream, and flavoring. Back then, a little whisky was added to milkshakes. No wonder they became so popular.
A banana milkshake mixed with a little honey is the perfect cure for a hangover.
Milkshakes gained became a household feature when Stephen Poplawski’ invented the electric in 1922.
Some years back, milkshakes is a health food. The famous Horlicks ( a milkshake made from mixture of dried milk, malted barley and wheat) was primarily given to infants and older people as a drink for their ailments.
Have you ever imagine consuming a milkshake without a straw? I bet, it will be laborious to finish one.. thanks to Joseph Friedman for inventing the flexible straw.
* Milkshakes got their name from being served in bars. If the customer enjoyed the milkshake, he shook hands with the bartender. If not, the bartender didn’t get a tip.
* Milkshake-like recipes which use yogurt, crushed ice, and fresh fruit and which are made without ice cream are usually called “smoothies” . When malted milk is added, a milkshake is called a “malt”. In certain parts of England and Canada, milkshake is named “frappe”. In Nicaragua, milkshakes are called leche malteada.
* In Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, the local “coffee frappe” shake or locally called “cabinets” is made using coffee syrup or coffee-flavored ice cream.
* Strawberry, Vanilla, and Chocolate are the three most famous milkshake flavors. However, there are seasonal milkshakes such as McDonald’s Shamrock Shake and Jack in the Box’ Pumpkin Pie Milkshake.
* Fast food restaurants like to make up their own names for milkshakes. In 1969, Wendy’s introduced “Frostys”, while McDonald’s launched its famous “McFlurries” in October 1997.
* A famous restaurant in Edison, New Jersey, Pizza, Wings, Steaks, & Things serves various milkshake flavors that includes: bubblegum grape milkshake, Chocolate Root Beer, Banana Marshmallow, Black Forest Cheesecake, Chocolate Cherry Coke to name a few. Other restaurants offer weird milkshakes flavors such as; Avocado Milkshake, Peanut Butter & Jelly, S’mores, and Kiwi & Pineapple.
* In Australia the most common flavors are Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla, Caramel, Banana, Lime, and Koala Bear.
* Some fast-food restaurants such as Dairy Queen, a popular fast-food restaurant, serves milkshakes which are prepared by blending ice milk (soft-serve ice cream) with sweetened, flavored syrups.
* Believe it or not…McDonalds’ milkshakes contain seaweed! Don’t you worry, the ingredient added is a seaweed extract called carrageen an that is also found in gelatin mixes, soft drinks and other dairy products.
* Some US restaurants serve milkshakes with broken cookies, candy bar pieces, or alcoholic beverages.
* A 6,000 gallons of pure milkshake was made in 2000, making it the largest milkshake in the Guinness Book of World Records.
* Milkshake lovers…mark these days red in your calendar: September 12 is National Chocolate Milkshake, June 21 is National Vanilla Milkshake Day and October 7 is recognized as National Frappe Day.