NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE DAY
National Chocolate Milkshake Day on September 12th brings chocolate and ice cream lovers together. Forget the calories for just this one day and enjoy a sweet tall, thick and delicious, chocolate milkshake!
The term milkshake first appeared in print in 1885. During this period, milkshake referred to an alcoholic beverage described as a “sturdy, healthful eggnog type of drink” blended with eggs, whiskey, and other ingredients. Pharmacies served the drink as a tonic and a treat to customers. By 1900, pharmacies offered this “wholesome drink” with either chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla syrup.
- The early 1900s – People began asking for this “new treat” with a scoop of ice cream.
- 1911 – Hamilton Beach’s drink mixers began to be used at soda fountains.
- 1922 – Steven Poplawski invented the electric blender or drink mixer.
- Due to the invention of the blender, the milkshake began to take a chipped, aerated, and frothy form as they are today.
- By the 1920s & 1930s, milkshakes became a popular drink at malt shops everywhere.
Another addition to the milkshake was malted milk powder. Made from malted barley, wheat flour, and dehydrated whole milk, malted milk tastes a bit like toasted caramel. It made its debut around the 1870s as a shelf-stable dry milk product. Add the powder to a chocolate milkshake, and transform the creamy goodness into a malted chocolate milkshake. Along with milkshakes, malted milk milkshakes became popular drinks at soda fountains around the 1920s.
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HOW TO OBSERVE #ChocolateMilkshakeDay
Enjoy a chocolate milkshake at your favorite restaurant or soda fountain. Or try a malted version, especially if you’ve never had a malted chocolate milkshake. It is definitely worth a try. You may want to top off your chocolate milkshake with a dollop of whipped cream! While you’re enjoying this sweet treat, don’t forget to introduce this delicious pastime to someone else.
Do you have a favorite malt shop? Be sure to give them a shout-out, too! Use #ChocolateMilkshakeDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE DAY HISTORY
We were unable to find the creator of National Chocolate Milkshake Day. However, that never stops us from celebrating!
Q. How many calories are in a chocolate milkshake?
A. Depending on the ingredients used, a 16-ounce chocolate milkshake can contain as much as 790 calories.
Q. Do chocolate milkshakes contain dark chocolate?
A. They can. Both the syrup and the ice cream used to make the milkshake can be made from dark chocolate.
Q. Is a milkshake a dessert or beverage?
A. A milkshake is more dessert than beverage thanks to the ice cream. Though, since a milkshake is something we drink, it’s also a beverage.