National Chocolate Milkshake Day on September 12 is without a doubt a treat day. Rich, creamy, and indulgent, the milkshake is perhaps one of the world’s most perfect dessert foods. Cold enough to take the chill off a hot summer’s day, smooth enough to be enjoyed through a straw, and thick enough to provide a satisfying weight on the tongue.
But when it is taken to another level and made with chocolate? Well that’s just pure perfection that no one can argue with. National Chocolate Milkshake Day celebrates this indulgent dessert and its history, especially as it comes in combination with that richest and most desired of substances–chocolate. Get ready for National Chocolate Milkshake Day!
HISTORY OF NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE DAY
The history of milkshakes can be accredited to the development of two key concepts, the electric blender, and malted milk drinks. So to understand the origin of milkshakes, you actually have to look further back to medieval Britain when eggnog came about. Back then it was a hot, milky ale-like drink and milk and eggs were foods of the wealthy so it was often consumed in indulgent celebration. It wasn’t until 1885 that somebody had the idea of mixing whiskey, milk, and eggs as an “eggnog type” drink, that milkshakes appeared in history. It originally was a term used for “wholesome drinks” containing chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla syrups.
In 1910, Hamilton Beach introduced the Cyclone Drink Mixer, an electric blender that became a prevalent machine used at public businesses. With the invention of the blender, milkshakes began to take their modern, whipped, aerated, and frothy form. And finally in Chicago in 1922, Walgreens employee Ivar “Pop” Coulson made a milkshake by adding two scoops of vanilla ice cream to Walgreens’ standard malted milk drink recipe. Termed “Horlick’s Malted Milk”, this item was featured by the Walgreen drugstore chain as part of a chocolate milkshake, which became known as a “malted” or “malt” and swiftly rose to one of the most popular soda-fountain drinks of its time.
HOW TO OBSERVE CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE DAY
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.
National Chocolate Milkshake Day 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!
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