Today we get to celebrate one of my girls’ favorite drinks. It’s National Chocolate Milkshake Day! We’ve made them promise, though, that they will eat a decent dinner before we partake of the cold, creamy, chocolaty goodness. My husband, as a matter of fact, may forbid me from enjoying one because my sinuses are currently wreaking havoc on my system, and he’s afraid that the milkshake will just make things worse for me. He’s trying to look out for me, not punish me by keeping me away from something I love…at least, that’s what I keep trying to tell myself.
The chocolate milkshake is such a simple dessert drink. Here’s all you need to make it:
- A blender
- Milk (white, or chocolate)
- Chocolate syrup (if you use white milk)
- Two scoops of ice cream (either vanilla or chocolate)
Still, it’s one of the most amazing dessert drinks ever created, and it has a long and fascinating history.
The term “milkshake” was first coined back in 1885 to refer to an alcoholic whiskey eggnog-type drink. By the early 1900s, however, the milkshake had lost its alcohol and gained a number of delicious flavors, like the classic chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Also, at this point, ice cream was included in most of the recipes. And why not? Ice cream makes pretty much everything better.
The history of the milkshake is inextricably connected with the history of the blender. The modern blender was first invented in 1922, and up until that point milkshakes retained their eggnogg-y form because they were mostly hand-shaken. The blender revolutionized the way milkshakes were made and served. Today, I wouldn’t even think of making a milkshake without a blender.
Milkshakes and “malteds” were all the rage in the 1950s, and it was about this time that a successful milkshake machine salesman named Ray Kroc bought exclusive rights to Earl Prince’s 1930s-era Multimixer and went on to use it to speed up milkshake production at his McDonald’s restaurants, which still proudly serve chocolate milkshakes.
Of course, in today’s more health-conscious society, the traditional milkshake is often ignored in favor of milkshake-like “smoothies,” which include more nutritious ingredients (and less refined sugar), but you can still get your chocolate fix with a smoothie. Just throw a teaspoon or two of cocoa powder in with a cup of plain or vanilla yogurt and a banana. Blend that together for 30-60 seconds, and you’ll have at least a pretty good chocolate milkshake substitute that will allow you to satisfy your craving with no guilt!
Now, tell me: Did you celebrate National Chocolate Milkshake Day? If not, why not?