30 Delicious Facts about Milkshakes

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30 Delicious Facts about 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. However, they did not always look the way they do today. There are many interesting facts and an even more intriguing history that can be learned about milkshakes.


  • 1. Milkshakes were first referred to in print in 1885. In the early 1900s, milkshakes were made as an eggnog style drink for invalids and children.
  • 2. In the early days, milkshakes did not just include the typical ingredients of milk, ice cream, and flavoring. Back then, a little whisky was added to milkshakes. No wonder they became so popular.
  • 3. If you drink too much alcohol one night, a milkshake could get you back on your feet. A banana milkshake mixed with a little honey is the perfect cure for a hangover.
  • 4. Milkshakes became very popular when the electric blender was invented. In 1922, Stephen Poplawski had the brilliant idea to put a rotating blade at the bottom of a container. He invented the blender for the specific use of allowing milkshakes and malts to be made easily at home.
  • 5, William Horlick invented the mixture of dried milk, malted barley and wheat in 1897. Ivar Coulson added Horlick’s mixture to milk in 1922 to make a “malt.”


  • 6. Milkshakes used to be considered as a health food. The famous Horlicks was primarily given to infants and older people as a drink for their ailments.
  • 7. What is a milkshake without a straw? Joseph Friedman invented the flexible straw after watching his daughter struggle with her milkshake in his brother’s fountain shop. His invention was patented September 28, 1937.
  • 8. Milkshakes got their name from being served in bars. If the customer enjoyed the milkshake, he shook hands with the bartender. If not, the bartender didn’t get a tip.
  • 9. Milkshake-like recipes which use yogurt, crushed ice, and fresh fruit and which are made without ice cream are usually called smoothies. When malted milk is added, a milkshake is called a malted milkshake, or simply a malt. They are also called thick milkshakes in the United Kingdom, a frappe (pronounced “f – rap”) in parts of New England and Canada.
  • 10. If you think “frappe” is a strange name for a milkshake, then you probably should not try to order one in Rhode Island. Rhode Island calls their milkshakes “cabinets.”


  • 11. When you think of a milkshake, you typically think of your basic Strawberry, Vanilla, Chocolate, and ‘Special Flavor’ offered at your favorite fast food place. Although these are the most common flavors you find, there are places that offer more complex flavors.
  • 12. Need another name for a milkshake besides cabinet and frappe? Milkshakes may also be called “shakes” or “malts” if they are made with malted milk.
  • 13. Today, if you ordered a milkshake in the United Kingdom, you would get a tasty treat made with milk and flavoring… and you would probably eat it with a spoon.
  • 14. In Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, coffee syrup or coffee-flavored ice cream is used to make the local “coffee frappe” shake. Milkshakes with added fruit called batido are popular in Latin America and in Miami’s Cuban expatriate community. In Nicaragua, milkshakes are called leche malteada.
  • 15. Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry are not even the start of milkshake flavors. There are many seasonal milkshakes such as the Pumpkin Pie Milkshake from Jack in the Box and the Shamrock Shake from McDonalds.


  • 16. When you think of a milkshake, you typically think of your basic Strawberry, Vanilla, Chocolate, and ‘Special Flavor’ offered at your favorite fast food place. Although these are the most common flavors you find, there are places that offer more complex flavors.
  • 17. In Australia the most common flavors are Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla, Caramel, Banana, Lime, and Koala Bear. (Okay, so I’m lying about the Koala Bear. The rest is true.) Wishing for more of a variety here in the United States.
  • 18. This style of milkshake may be very similar to the Frosty offered at Wendy’s. In much of the United States and Canada, milk shakes are made with milk, flavoring, and ice cream. If you wanted the same in the United Kingdom, you would have to ask for a ‘thick shake’.
  • 19. Pizza Wings Steaks & Things (a small restaurant located in Hamilton, NJ) is almost famous for their wide variety of milkshake flavors. They offer Black Forest Cheesecake, Chocolate Root Beer, Bubblegum Grape, Chocolate Cherry Coke, and Banana Marshmallow just to list a few. Sound good?
  • 20. Another restaurant, located in several states, offers milkshake flavors such as Peanut Butter & Jelly, S’mores, and Kiwi & Pineapple. Sound like these milkshake flavors are getting weirder?


  • 21. Fast food restaurants like to make up their own names for milkshakes. McDonald’s is famous for their McFlurries. McFlurries come in a variety of flavors, the most popular being Oreo, M&M, and Butterfinger. McFlurries were invented in October 1997.
  • 22. Another new name for milkshakes comes from the notorious fast food chain Wendy’s. Wendy’s calls their milkshakes Frostys. Frostys were invented in 1969 and were one of Wendy’s first dessert items on the menu.
  • 23. There are also weird flavored milkshakes. There is a recipe known for an avocado milkshake. Pizza, Wings, Steaks, & Things is a restaurant in Edison, New Jersey that sells a bubblegum grape milkshake.
  • 24. Some fast-food restaurants such as Dairy Queen serve milkshakes which are prepared by blending soft-serve ice cream (or ice milk) with sweetened, flavored syrups such as chocolate syrup and fruit-flavored syrup and milk. Milkshakes are mostly known as desserts, rather than as drinks.
  • 25. McDonalds’ milkshakes contain seaweed. Before you start writing a complaint letter to McDonalds, know that it is a seaweed extract called carrageenan. Carrageenan can also be found in a lot of dairy products, soft drinks, and gelatin mixes of other brands as well.


  • 26.Some US restaurants serve milkshakes with broken cookies, candy bar pieces, or alcoholic beverages. The grasshopper milkshake, for example, includes broken chocolate cookies, creme de menthe liqueur, and chocolate mint ice cream.
  • 27. Everyone knows that milkshakes are popular. However, not everyone knows that Wendy’s sells over 300 million Frostys a year.
  • 28. The largest milkshake ever made was by Ira Freehof, owner of The Comfort Diners. Ira paired with Parmalat USA and the American Dairy Association and made his classic Black and White Shake in New York.
  • 29. The largest milkshake was made in the year 2000. It was 6,000 gallons of pure milkshake. Six thousand gallons can be served into 50,000 average sized shakes! The previous Guiness Book of World Records milkshake record was 4,603.24 gallons.
  • 30. September 12 is National Chocolate Milkshake Day. If you are not fond of chocolate milkshakes, do not despair. June 21 is National Vanilla Milkshake Day too. If you prefer to celebrate milkshakes as frappes instead, then there is a day for you too! October 7 is recognized as National Frappe Day.

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