The Milkshake

Smoothie RecipesVanilla MilkshakeMilkshakes have been a delectable treats for over 100 years!  The earliest mention of a milkshake that I could find is from an 1885 newspaper.  In 1887 a close cousin, known as malted milk, was introduced to the market.

A milkshake is one of the sweetest, least healthy members of the Smoothie family.  The main ingredients of a milkshake are milk, ice milk, and/or ice cream, with flavorings such as chocolate syrup, or sweet fruit syrup, and topped with whipped cream.  Although the calcium content of the milk products could be considered healthy, most of the ingredients are more closely tied to candy.

Many fast-food chains make a milkshake by combining soft-serve ice  cream with flavored syrups.  Still others start with a milkshake mixture made of milk, a thickening agent and flavored syrups, all fed into an automatic milkshake machine that keeps the mix near frozen.  Smaller restaurants and ice cream stores usually make their milkshakes the old fashioned way -- blending fresh milk with premium ice cream and adding flavored syrups, whipped cream, and (occasionally) fresh fruit.

In recent years, some restaurants have added to the sweet-tooth value of the milkshake by adding such candies as M&Ms, or chopped candy bars such as Heath Bars, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Snickers Bars.  Others crush cookies, such as Oreo Cookies or Chocolate Chip Cookies, and add them to the milkshake.   Some bars and restaurants have even started adding alcohol to the milkshake, using whiskey, Kahlua or rum to spike the shake.  Even Hostess Twinkies have made it into the milkshakes served at some restaurants.

How to Make a Milkshake

In the rest of this article, I'll explain how to make a milkshake.  Though the basic milkshake recipe is the same for most shakes, the way you make a milkshake is different for each flavor.  Here are some milkshake recipes for a chocolate milkshake, vanilla milkshake, strawberry milkshake and banana milkshake.

Chocolate Milkshake Recipe

A cool, refreshing chocolate milkshake that will have you craving for more. All you need is milk, vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, and a few drops of some peppermint extract.
4 scoops vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup chocolate syrup
1-3 drop peppermint extract

In a blender, combine ice cream, milk, chocolate syrup and peppermint extract. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve. Makes 2 servings.

Vanilla Milkshake Recipe

You'll love this tasty vanilla milkshake recipe, shared by the lovable Paula Dean.
4 cups quality vanilla ice cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
8 tablespoons sugar
2 cups milk, less for thicker milkshakes

Using a blender or milkshake machine, blend all ingredients together until smooth.

Serve in tall glasses with a straw.

Strawberry Milkshake Recipe

This delicious strawberry milkshake recipe uses light cream for creaminess, honey as a sweetener, and strawberries instead of syrup.
1/2 c. light cream
1/2 c. milk
1 c. vanilla or strawberry ice cream
1 tbsp. honey
1 c. strawberries
2 tbsp. crushed ice

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until thick.  Serves 2.

Banana Milkshake Recipe

Not every milkshake has ice cream as an ingredient.  Here is a yummy banana milkshake recipe that uses the thickness of a banana and the richness of yogurt to build a healthier version of the milkshake.
1 ripe banana
1/4 c. orange juice
3/4 c. skim milk
1/2 c. lowfat yogurt

Place banana, orange juice and skim milk in blender. Blend 1 or 2 seconds until smooth. Stir in yogurt. Chill, if desired, then serve.

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