On a hot, sweaty day, you can’t go wrong with a lovely cool, creamy milkshake to get you cooled down.
One of the world’s most indulgent and colorful beverages, the humble milkshake can be found in hundreds of iterations – and today, it’s the sweet and simple vanilla milkshake that is getting all the attention.
Whether you like your milkshake creamy or smooth, with whipped cream or mixed up with indulgent ice cream, and with fruit or just as a plain Jane, today you’ve got the perfect excuse to have a sip or two of your favorite dairy drink.
The History of Vanilla Milkshake Day
Vanilla has been a flavoring of choice for sweet treats for donkey’s years, and as one of the standard go-to flavors for many ice cream and dairy manufacturers, it’s no wonder someone thought to pop it in a milkshake one day.
The actual milkshake itself has quite a history – contrary to what you might have expected, the milkshake started out as an alcoholic, whiskey-based drink, not unlike eggnog. It was touted as a restorative tonic in 1885.
By the early 1900s, a milkshake would mean a drink made with chocolate or fruit syrups, and soon enough ice cream was commonly asked to be added to the mix.
In the 1930s, milkshakes would become a very popular drink at so-called ‘malt shops’, which were frequently used by students of the era as a meeting point to hang out with their friends.
The milkshake would become the light and frothy kind we know today thanks to the invention of the blender, allowing for a smooth milkshake where previously they could only be hand-shaken.
In the 1950s, the milkshake establishments had become a mainstay of American culture. Staff at the soda fountains would have nicknames for flavors of milkshake – the nickname for a vanilla milkshake was a ‘white cow’.
How to Celebrate Vanilla Milkshake Day
For a delicious treat in hot weather, try your hand at whipping up a vanilla milkshake today!
Choose to add ice cream for a super rich texture, or use vanilla powder whisked in with your milk to keep things smooth. Add crushed ice when you blend it to keep things cool.
You could jazz up your shake with a head of lightly whipped cream, and go full 1950s diner style by popping a single red cherry on the top!
Make sure you share your yummy creations on social media for the world to enjoy!