”If you can’t suck your milkshake through a straw, it’s not a milkshake – it’s a glass of ice cream.”
~Bill Maher, The New New Rules
Rich, creamy, and indulgent, the milkshake is perhaps the perfect desert food. 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. Make it with chocolate? Pure perfection. Chocolate Milkshake Day celebrates this indulgent dessert and it’s history, especially as it comes in combination with that richest and most desired of substances.
History of Chocolate Milkshake Day
In 1885 a wonderful thing happened, the term “milkshake” was first recorded and introduced into the dessert world. The milkshakes of that time, however, were a much different animal than that which are commonly consumed today. At that time a milkshake referred to something far more akin to what we call “Eggnog” now, a mixture of eggs, whiskey, and a variety of spices and flavorings. It didn’t take long for that to change, as in the1900’s it became a term for a much more wholesome beverage. The ice cream was still not officially part of the mix, though it was commonly ordered along with them.
It wasn’t until the invention of the electric mixer that the milkshake as we know it came to pass, and the history of the two are connected. As you can see the chocolate milkshake actually predates the milkshake as we know it today, but it truly reached perfection once ice cream became a natural part of the drink. What is often unknown is that milkshakes were not always called milkshakes, in the 1950’s they were called frosted drinks, cabinets, velvets, or frappes.
How To Celebrate Chocolate Milkshake Day
Celebrating Chocolate Milkshake Day is one of the more pleasurable things a lover of chocolate can do, as it gives one an excuse (as if one is needed) to indulge in their favorite shake. Make the holiday a call for true indulgence by inviting over a group of friends, and bringing every form of chocolate you can imagine. Rocky road milkshakes? Absolutely. Malted Chocolate? Yes, please! Death By Chocolate Milkshakes? Is there a better way to go? We think not. Whether you make it a social gathering or a private indulgence, Chocolate Milkshake Day is a holiday to look forward to, and no one will shame you for practicing for it throughout the year.