It's Chocolate Milkshake Day! I took the Chocolate Milkshake Quiz over @ Yum Sugar and guess what, I passed with flying colors. Look see...
The Sweet History of the Milkshake is thankfully documented throughout the internet. Here it is from wikipedia: (have you noticed wiki has become more reliable lately?)
When the term "milkshake" was first used in print in 1885, milkshakes were an alcoholic whiskey drink that has been described as a "sturdy, healthful eggnog type of drink, with eggs, whiskey, etc., served as a tonic as well as a treat". However, by 1900, the term referred to "wholesome drinks made with chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla syrups." By the "early 1900s people were asking for the new treat, often with ice cream." By the 1930s, milkshakes were a popular drink at malt shops, which were the "typical soda fountain of the period.
The history of the electric blender, malted milk drinks and milkshakes are interconnected. Before the widespread availability of electric blenders, milkshake-type drinks were more like eggnog, or they were a hand-shaken mixture of crushed ice and milk, sugar, and flavorings. Hamilton Beach's drink mixers began being used at soda fountains in 1911 and the electric blender or drink mixer was invented by Steven Poplawski in 1922. With the invention of the blender, milkshakes began to take their modern, whipped, aerated, and frothy form. Malted milk drinks are made with malted milk powder, which contains dried milk, malted barley and wheat flour. Malted milk powder was invented in 1897 by William Horlick as an easily digested restorative health drink for invalids and children, and as an infant's food.
The use of malted milk powder in milkshakes was popularized in the USA by the Chicago drugstore chain Walgreens. (original recipe) In 1922, Walgreens' employee Ivar "Pop" Coulson made a milkshake by adding two scoops of vanilla ice cream to the standard malted milk drink recipe (milk, chocolate syrup and malt powder). This item, under the name "Horlick's Malted Milk," was featured by the Walgreen drugstore chain as part of a chocolate milk shake, which itself became known as a "malted" or "malt" and became one of the most popular soda-fountain drinks.
The Secrets to Making the Perfect ShakePaul Dickson in The Great American Ice Cream Book has this to say about the perfect milkshake.
While I was browsing my cookbooks for Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies, to share, I found this recipe for Chocolate Malt Delights in Easy Entertaining published by Favorite Brand Name Recipes. I just had to include it. It's sooooo easy...
If you prefer velevety, thick milk shakes and malts, never pummel your mixture with an egg beater or electric mixer with large baldes. These drinks are aerated blends and for that reason come out thick and subtle when made with a blender set to a low speed or with an electric mixer laboring on with a very small blade...As simple as it sounds, one of the prime secrets of the great soda jerks of yore was the parlay of very cold milk. (as close to 32° as possible without freezing), chilledsyrups and toppings (below 50° at least), cold soda (34-38°) and ever so slightly soft ice cream. If, for example, the milk is not very cold, you will not get the "fluff" that makes shakes and malts so pleasing. Needless to say, hot syrup must be kept warm but not too hot. Really hot fudge soon separated and crystalizes...
More Daily Celebrations This Week
September 12thThe Chinese Harvest Moon Festival is celebrated on September 12th this year. (thanks Lena:) The festival is intricately linked to the legends of Chang E, the mythical Moon Goddess of Immortality. Moon Cakes are traditionally exchanged during the Moon Cake Festival. Here are a few moon cake recipes from some of my favorite visitors.
1. Handmade Piggy Mooncakes
2. Dragonfruit Flaky Mooncake
3. Sun Dried Tomato Mooncake Biscuits
Aren't they simply adorably amazing! Great job you "guys." Here's one you might enjoy. It's a recipe for Cendol Jelly Moon Cakes!
...all the charming and beautiful things, from the Song of Songs, to bouillabaisse, and from the nine Beethoven symphonies to the Martini cocktail, have been given to humanity by men who, when the hour came, turned from tap water to something with color in it, and more in it than mere oxygen and hydrogen."~H.L. Mencken~
Happy Birth Date to "H.L. Mencken! Although he wrote many words in his lifetime, H. L. Mencken is most famously remembered for his American Language Study Guide (@ enotes) Here's a taste of his Etymology of Hot-Dog.
H. L. Mencken was as famous in America as George Bernard Shaw was in England, but it was not only through his work as a journalist. He continues to be recognized throughout the world as an influential critic of literature who helped launch the Southern and Harlem literary renaissances. In The Smart Set, the literary journal he edited with George Jean Nathan from 1914-1923, Mencken helped pave the way for many writers we know and study today: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Eugene O’Neill, Sinclair Lewis, Theodore Dreiser, and James Joyce. In 1924, Mencken began a new journal, called The American Mercury. Aimed at the “civilized minority,” the magazines blended politics, the arts, and sciences. It was the first magazine edited by whites to publish the work of African American authors, such as James Weldon Johnson and Langston Hughes. Mencken was praised by writers for his prompt and courteous handling of their manuscripts, and by other editors for his quality monthly. The American Mercury influenced other magazines that followed it, including The New Yorker. So great was Mencken’s renown that college students flaunted The American Mercury as a sign of intellectual independence, waving it before their teachers. (source)
September 13thIt's Snack a Pickle Time!
Did you ever watch the movie, Matilda? What about Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? Matilda is one of my favorites; right up there with Nanny McPhee:) Well, guess what, they were both authored by Roald Dahl whose birthday is celebrated today. And guess what else, there's a cookbook titled Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes which Janet has shared a recipe from over at Dying for Chocolate. Enjoy:)
It's National monkey nuts, groundnuts, ground peas, goobers, pindas, pinders or just plain ol' Peanut Day!
I'm sure International Chocolate Day has to do with the fact that Milton Hershey was born today in 1857. What do you think? What the heck. Let's celebrate with a slice of Innkeeper Pie!
Happy Birthday Uncle Sam! Yes, there was an Uncle Sam. His real name was Samuel Wilson and September 13th is the day he was born! You know what, we'll be celebrating Ice Cream Cone Day on September 22, why not whip up these Uncle Sam Ice Cream Cones and celebrate!
I'll be back on Wednesday with more tasty goodies. In the mean time, get ready for Cream Filled Doughnut Day, September 14th!!!
1. Milkshake pic from free-extras.com (used with permission)
2. National Chocolate Milkshake Day
3. A Snippet of Milkshake History (cool milkshake glasses)
4. Soda Fountain Redux: Recipes From the Fountain
5. H. L. Mencken: The Joyous Libertarian