National Vanilla Milkshake Day – June 20th

Happy National Vanilla Milkshake Day!

On June 30th each year we celebrate the Vanilla Milkshake.

The History behind Milk Shakes

  • 1885 – the term “milkshake” showed up in print for the first time. The concoction of cream, eggs, and whiskey was often served with other alcoholic tonics such as lemonades and soda waters.
  • 1897 – The use of malted milk powder in milkshakes was popularized in the US by the Chicago drugstore chain Walgreens. Malted milk powder — a mixture of evaporated milk, malted barley, and wheat flour – had been invented by William Horlick in for use as an easily digested restorative health drink for disabled people and children, and as an infant’s food. But healthy people liked it too and malted milk beverages containing milk, chocolate syrup, and malt powder became a standard offering at soda fountains.
  • 1900 – a milkshake was referred to as “wholesome drinks made with chocolate, strawberry or vanilla syrups.” They were still not made with ice cream at this point.
  • Hamilton Beach introduced its Cyclone Drink Mixer in 1910, and it was widely used in soda fountains.
  • Early 1900s – People began asking for a scoop of ice cream in their “shakes.”
  •  1922 – The Hamilton Beach blender, with the motor on top, is still the most common kind of milkshake machine.  
    1922 – A Walgreens employee named Ivar “Pop” Coulson made a milkshake by adding two scoops of vanilla ice cream to the standard malted milk drink recipe. It became known as the “Horlick’s Malted Milk”, and was featured by the Walgreen drugstore chain as part of a chocolate milk shake, which soon became known as a “malted” or “malt” and became one of the most popular soda-fountain drinks
  • 1930s – malt shops started serving milkshakes all over the United States.
  • 1936 – inventor Earl Prince used the basic concept behind the freon-cooled automated ice cream machine to develop the Multimixer, a “five-spindled mixer that could produce five milkshakes at once, all automatically, and dispense them at the pull of a lever into awaiting paper cups.
  • 1950s – Milkshakes were served by  Woolworth’s “5 & 10” lunch counters, diners, burger joints, and drugstore soda fountains and staring to become popular around the world.
  • 2019 – During the build-up to the EU parliament elections in the United Kingdom, the throwing of milkshakes emerged as a protest tactic, usually targeting right-wing politicians. Tommy Robinson was the first politician to get “milk shaked.” The UK police requested that an Edinburgh McDonald’s refrain from selling milkshakes on May 17 during a visit by Nigel Farage which Burger King put an ad out saying they would be selling shakes on that day. The ad was later banned  by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority for condoning anti social behavior.

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