In 1885, the US introduced the world to a new word: ‘milkshake’. With whiskey, eggs and a variety of spices among the ingredients, it was more akin to eggnog than the ice-cold delight we enjoy today, but by 1900 the whiskey had gone, flavoured syrup had arrived and the milkshake was well on its way to becoming one of the world’s most popular non-alcoholic drinks.
Early milkshakes were often a combination of crushed ice, milk, sugar and flavourings, and were shaken by hand, but the arrival in 1910 of the Hamilton Beach company’s Cyclone Drink Mixer really stirred things up, and it became ubiquitous at ‘malt shops’ throughout the US. The milkshake’s evolution got another kick along in 1922 when a pharmacy employee called Ivar ‘Pop’ Coulson added two scoops of ice-cream to the mix, and improvements to refrigeration in the 1930s pretty much secured the milkshake’s place in our hearts and stomachs.
So popular has the milkshake become that it has even been accorded its own special day, and in Australia that’s Friday, July 23 – National Milkshake Day. Celebrating National Milkshake Day gives us an excuse – as if we really need one – to indulge in our favourite shake. Vanilla? Simply classic! Rocky Road? Absolutely! Strawberry with real strawberries? Oh yes! Death By Chocolate? Is there a better way to go? We think not.
Make it a day of true indulgence by inviting over a group of friends and serving up every milkshake you can imagine. If you haven’t done so already, try a malted version – it’s especially delicious. If you’re feeling naughty, you might want to top off your milkshake with a dollop of whipped cream – how decadent! Remember to always use the most amazing ice-cream, fresh produce always beats toppings, and – most importantly – use paper or bamboo straws and never single-use plastics.
Whether you make it a social gathering or a private celebration, and whether you whip up your own or would rather head to your favourite café, restaurant or ice-cream bar, we here at Mornington Peninsula Magazine would love to know how you spend National Milkshake Day. Email your photos with captions to firstname.lastname@example.org for us to post, or post directly on our social media with hashtag #mpmagMilkShakeDay, and the best one will win a prize!
So come on, let’s all shake it up for National Milkshake Day.