The Chocolate Milkshake

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Chocolate Milkshake with Burger and Fries

Serve up chocolate milkshakes on their own, or as part of a diner-style meal.

In the early days, starting in the 1880s, a milkshake was made with whiskey and eggs. Word has it the concoction was served both as a tonic and a drink. In the early 1900s, though, drinks made with chocolate, vanilla or strawberry syrups were also called milkshakes, and people began asking for them with ice cream.

The milkshake we know today, which is made with milk, ice cream and flavoring, gained popularity in the 1930s. The chocolate shake was made with either chocolate ice cream, or with vanilla ice cream and a chocolate syrup.

September 12th of each year is National Chocolate Milkshake Day. It’s a time to whip up a tasty, cold treat. Of course, hand scooped and blended is best (opposed to pre-made shake mixes that flow out of a machined). Fortunately, we can make these frozen drinks right at home.

Classic Chocolate Milkshake Recipe

  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Add all four ingredients to the blender pitcher and blend for 30 to 45 seconds until smooth and creamy. Serve up in a classic soda fountain glass.

If you prefer a malted, just add 1-2 tablespoons of malt powder or syrup.

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Last updated: Sep 12, 2014
Filed under: Recipes, Retro Food and Recipes Tagged with: diner food, recipes, Soda Fountains