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A-Z Of Milkshakes

Updated on January 14, 2009

A History of Milkshakes..

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. The Most popular milkshake flavors are vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry...


When the term "milkshake" was first used in print in 1885, milkshakes were an alcoholic whiskey drink that has been described as a "sturdy, healthful eggnog type of drink, with eggs, whiskey, etc., served as a tonic as well as a treat". However, by 1900, the term referred to "wholesome drinks made with chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla syrups." By the "early 1900s people were asking for the new treat, often with ice cream." By the 1930s, milkshakes were a popular drink at malt shops, which were the "typical soda fountain of the period... used by students as a meeting place or hangout.

The history of the electric blender, malted milk drinks and milkshakes are interconnected. Before the widespread availability of electric blenders, milkshake-type drinks were more like eggnog, or they were a hand-shaken mixture of crushed ice and milk, sugar, and flavorings.

Hamilton Beach's drink mixers began being used at soda fountains in 1911 and the electric blender or drink mixer was invented by Steven Poplawski in 1922. With the invention of the blender, milkshakes began to take their modern, whipped, aerated, and frothy form. Malted milk drinks are made with malted milk powder, which contains dried milk, malted barley and wheat flour. Malted milk powder was invented in 1897 by William Horlick as an easily digested restorative health drink for invalids and children, and as an infant's food.

The automation of milkshakes developed in the 1930s, after the invention of freon-cooled refrigerators provided a safe, reliable way of automatically making and dispensing ice cream. In 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."

In the late 1930s, several newspaper articles show that the term "frosted" was used to refer to milkshakes made with ice cream. In 1937, the Denton Journal in Maryland stated that "For a 'frosted' shake, add a dash of your favorite ice cream." In 1939, the Mansfield News in Ohio stated that A frosted beverage, in the vernacular, is something good to which ice cream has been added..

1940s and 1950s

By the 1950s, popular places to drink milkshakes were Woolworth's "5 & 10" lunch counters, diners, burger joints, and drugstore soda fountains. These establishments often had neon light signs, "checkerboard"-patterned linoleum floor tiles, chrome barstools, vinyl booths, formica counter-tops with coin-operated jukeboxes, a board of daily specials, a counter top donut display case, and prominently displayed behind the counter, a shining chrome or stainless steel milkshake mixing machine..

These establishments made milkshakes in Hamilton Beach or similar styles of drink mixers, which had spindles and agitators that folded air into the drinks for "smooth, fluffy results" and served them in 12 1/2-ounce tall, "y"-shaped glasses. Soda fountain staff had their own jargon, such as "Burn One All the Way" (chocolate malted with chocolate ice cream), "Twist It, Choke It, and Make It Cackle" (chocolate malted with an egg) "Shake One in the Hay" (a strawberry shake) and a "White Cow" (a vanilla milkshake).In the 1950s, a milkshake machine salesman named Ray Kroc bought exclusive rights to the 1930s-era Multimixer milkshake maker from inventor Earl Prince, and went on to use automated milkshake machines to speed up production in a major fast-food chain.

In the 1950s, milkshakes were called "frappes", "velvets," "frosted [drinks]", or "cabinets" in different parts of the US. A specialty style of milkshake, the "concrete" was "...a milk shake so thick that the server hands it out the order window upside down, demonstrating that not a drop will drip." In 1952, the Newport Daily News in Rhode Island contained a "Guide For Top Quality ICE CREAM SODAS CABINETS MILK SHAKES", which shows the use of the term "cabinet" in print. An article from 1953 in the Salisbury Times (in the state of Maryland) suggests that shakes can be made in a jar by shaking well. The article states that by adding four large tablespoons of ice cream, the drink becomes a Frosted Shake..

But that's enough History!!..

Lets get to those Gorgeous Recipes..

Fresh Strawberry Milkshake..

Makes: 4 x 300ml glasses


450g English strawberries

568ml Channel Island Milk/Rich Full Fat Milk

½ a 500ml tub Strawberry Ice Cream


1. Remove the stalks from 450g English strawberries and liquidise, blend or sieve to a smooth purée. Pour a 568ml carton of chilled Waitrose Channel Island Milk into the strawberry purée and blend together.

2. Add ½ a 500ml tub Waitrose Organic Strawberry Ice Cream and blend for 30 seconds. Pour into tall glasses and garnish with extra stawberries.

Classic Chocolate Milkshake..


2 scoop(s) Vanilla Ice Cream

2 Scoop(s) Chocolate Ice Cream

3/4 cup(s) Milk

1/4 cup(s) Chocolate Syrup


Combine ALL Ingredients into a Blender and blitz until Mixture is Smooth and Frothy!

Vanilla Milkshake..


4 Cups Quality Vanilla Ice Cream

2 Tsp Vanilla extract or 1 Fresh Vanilla Bean

8 Tsp Sugar

2 Cups Milk, less for thicker milkshakes


Using a blender or milkshake machine, blitz all ingredients together until smooth and frothy!

Serve in tall glasses with a straw.


Oster BPST02-B Professional Series Blender, Black
Oster BPST02-B Professional Series Blender, Black

The Godfather of Smoothie/Milkshake Makers!!..


Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake..


1 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter

1/4 Cup Chocolate Sauce

1/4 Full Cream Milk

Handful of Ice Cubes

2 Scoops of Quality Vanilla/Chocolate Ice Cream

Sprinkle of Chocolate Flake/Buttons and/or Peanuts


Blitz All Ingredients..Sprinkle Flakes/Buttons/Peanuts Over..Enjoy!! :-)


Handful of Fresh Mint Leaves

2 Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream

1 Scoop Mint Ice Cream

1 tsp Sugar

1/4 Cup of Full Milk


Blitz!!..Enjoy!! ;-)


1-2 Bananas..Choose as per preference.

2 Scoops Quality Vanilla Ice Cream

1 Tbsp of Choc Chips

1/4 Cup Full Milk

TINY pinch of Nutmeg


Put ALL Ingredients into Blender and Blitz!!

Add chopped Banana, Whipped Cream etc as per preference ;-)

Favourite Flavour..

Whats YOUR Favourite Flavour!?

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1/3 Cup Fresh Raspberries

1 Scoop Strawberry Ice Cream

2 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream

1/4 Milk


Blitz..Enjoy!! ;-)

Mocha Milkshake..


1/2 Cup Cold Coffee

2 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream

1/4 Cup Milk

1 Tbsp Choc Flakes

Drizzle of Fudge Sauce


Blitz!..Drizzle with Fudge or Sauce of choice..Enjoy!! :-)


60g Quality White Choc (Green&Blacks..)

150ml Single Cream

2 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream

1/4 Milk

Flakes of Dark and White Choc


Gently heat Cream and White Choc, when melted, leave to cool! Once chilled, blitz all ingredients and decorate with Chocolate flakes!! Awesome!

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      phillipjeffreyb 5 years ago

      Just a historical fact: Castle was not the actual inventor of the multimixer. It was John Brotheridge who worked for Castle that invented it. You can verify it by checking this by doing a patent search on

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      neoglitch17 6 years ago

      You know what? Screw "...the best thing since sliced bread". From now on I shall use "...the best thing since white chocolate milkshakes", and will quote you as the inventor!! :D

      Awesome lens... but left me with cravings! :(

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      mowug1776 6 years ago

      great lens, i love shakes

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      mamamia2011 6 years ago

      this is perfect for summer

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      resabi 7 years ago

      Back to grab the white chocolate milkshake recipe...

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      resabi 7 years ago

      Another blessing here -- this makes me want to run out and get one right this minute. My favorite flavor is coffee -- with the barest hint of chocolate syrup -- not enough to make mocha, just enough for a tinge of sweet.

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      Carol Fisher 8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Revisited to give this excellent lens a Squid Angel's Blessing.

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I'm a straight-up chocolate girl, myself. Whenever I go for a long hike or backpacking trip, the first thing I usually want when I get back is a chocolate shake.

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      TopStyleTravel 9 years ago

      I am in milkshake heaven. Great history, pics & recipes. Five stars! Visiting my fans lens today.

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      papawu 9 years ago

      I totally love mocha milk shakes, but then I again, I've never met a milk shake I didn't like. 5*****

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      FitSteph 9 years ago

      Wow what a great lens. And if anyone is looking for healthy meal plans This is one of my favorite health & fitness sites. It lets you track food, workouts, and calories!

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      Kiwisoutback 9 years ago from Massachusetts

      I could go for a milkshake right now. I haven't had one in a LONG time. The mocha one sounds like my kind of thing. Great photos and recipes, I'll be back to check out more of them later!

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      Adrienne Jenkins 9 years ago

      A malted favorite.

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      Laraine Sims 9 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I can feel the weight gain as I read this lens. I'll just have to try some of these recipes! Beautiful lens, a lot of illustrations. VERY COOL LENS! 5 ******

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      Laraine Sims 9 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I can feel the weight gain as I read this lens. I'll just have to try some of these recipes! Beautiful lens, a lot of illustrations. VERY COOL LENS! 5 ******

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      Laraine Sims 9 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I can feel the weight gain as I read this lens. I'll just have to try some of these recipes! Beautiful lens, a lot of illustrations. VERY COOL LENS! 5 ******

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      ideadesigns 9 years ago

      who doesn't love a milkshake? 5 stars like your lens.

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      MattTaylor LM 9 years ago

      Hi Nick. Wow! Great lens and excellent pictures of the shakes. However, I'm more of a smoothie guy. I like to combine fresh fruit, protein powders and organic apple juice and chug the whole thing down... But that is just me. :)


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      Gyakusetsu90 9 years ago

      Absolutely fantastic lens! The recipes look really good; I'd never ever thought of a rasperry shake before, and it sounds delicious! The pictures here are awesome.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      These look yummy! Great lens :)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      These look yummy! Great lens :)

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      tandemonimom lm 9 years ago

      What a "cool" lens. Homemade shakes are always the best! 5*****!

      REAL RAW MILK vs. DEAD DAIRY debate

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      Sandy Mertens 9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Yum...milkshakes. 5 stars!

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      rockycha 9 years ago

      Lovely yummy tastey gulps! Outstanding lens - good work! Blessed by a squid angel today :)

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      EelKat13 9 years ago

      I love milkshakes. I used to make one with blueberries and bananas in it. Can't remember the recipe, but it was pretty basic: vanilla ice cream, frozen blueberries and chopped fresh banana all blended together.

      I used to make one with frozen peaches and frozen raspberries and vanilla ice cream too.

      Wow, I got to get another blender so I can make these drinks again.

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      CounselMom 9 years ago

      Oh...a milkshake sounds good right about now. :) 5*

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      Michaud68 LM 9 years ago

      Thanks now I have to go make a yummy shake great lens 5*'s and a favorite

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      youhavegottobekidding 9 years ago

      Thanks for all those Great Infos on Yummy shakes and for all those recipes. I could really see that you have put a lot of time and hard work on you Lens and for that I will have to give you 5 stars for your Very Tasty Lens.

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      youhavegottobekidding 9 years ago

      Thanks for all those Great Infos on Yummy shakes and for all those recipes. I could really see that you have put a lot of time and hard work on you Lens and for that I will have to give you 5 stars for your Very Tasty Lens.

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      VBright 9 years ago

      Oh yum...5*, even though I probably gained 3 pounds just reading this lens!!!

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      So delicious! Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z. I'm also featuring this on my Squid Angel Diary.

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      SPB 9 years ago

      Just had a chocolate milkshake today as a matter of fact. Nothing quite like them on a hot summer day! :)

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      Carol Fisher 9 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Great 5* lens. I love milkshakes too.

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      Tonie Cook 9 years ago from USA

      Wonderful! I love milkshakes.


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