Monday, September 12, 2011

It's Chocolate Milkshake Day and Other Weekly Blends

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 Shake

Paul Dickson in The Great American Ice Cream Book has this to say about the perfect milkshake.

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...
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...

Chocolate Malt Delights
1 package (18 oz) refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons malted milk powder, original or chocolate flavor, divided
1-1/4 cups prepared chocolate frosting
1 cup coarsely chopped malted milk balls (I suggest Whoppers)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F grease cookie sheets
2. Remove dough from wrapper, place in large bowl. Let dough stand at room temperature about 15 minutes.
3. Add 1/3 cup malted milk powder to dough in bowl, beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Drop mounded tablespoons of dough onto cookie sheet.
4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned at edges. Cool on cookie sheets 5 minutes, remove to wire racks to cool completely.
5. Combine frosting and remaining 3 tablespoons malted milk powder. Top each cookie with rounded tablespoon of frosting, garnish with malted milk balls. Makes about 1-1/2 dozen cookies.
NOTE: I was informed from a very reliable source (Marion:) that malted milk powder causes her gout to act up. Just saying...:) I prefer the malted milk powder that I recall from my childhood. I also like Ovaltine too:) I've found that malted milk powder sold in Asian markets is closer to the kind I remember.

More Daily Celebrations This Week

September 12th

The 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 13th

It'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


  1. Louise I alo all these sweeties, love milk shake, and is a lovely póst of course, I bookmarked,

  2. It's odd... I don't like chocolate milk or chocolate milkshakes, much as I love chocolate...

  3. I haven't had a chocolate milkshake in ages....or a chocolate soda. I'm not a chocolate addict, but I used to love a good chocolate soda. (Are there even soda fountains anymore? Ours used to be in a drugstore.)

  4. Chocolate milkshake day? Don't have to tell me twice! And that Innkeeper pie looks tasty!

  5. Oh yes, we have the Mooncake Festival coincide with milkshake celebration today!;p

  6. How i wish i had some mooncakes to eat right now!! A choco milkshake would be great too!

  7. I love vanilla milkshakes; I'm not such a huge fan of other flavors. Odd, isn't it, considering that I do love good chocolate?

  8. Louise, what a great excuse to get myself a huge chocolate milk shake :-)
    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

  9. I really enjoyed this great informtive post; milkshake is and has alwys been my downfall...strawberry that is.
    That pie staopped me Louise; it Has to be Good!

  10. louise, thanks so much for linking up my post. There are just so many festivals to celebrate. Thanks for sharing. ((hugs))

  11. havent had milkshakes for such a long time and i shall keep in mind to put the blender on low speed when making this, never knew that! Thanks for the mentioned here. Yeah, the mooncake festival has just over yesterday, it's a time where most families gathered together to have a reunion dinner if possible, eating mooncakes and children playing lanterns..Have a good week, louise!

  12. Those little Piggy Mooncakes are so adorable!!! I'm going to have to hide that picture, or else my children will want to drop everything this crazy week and make them!

  13. An eggnog-like milkshake with whiskey sounds fantastic, but I've never met a milkshake I didn't like! Can I have a milkshake for breakfast?

  14. Unfortunately, I am not a bif fan of milkshakes... Anyway, I'd gladly eat a few of those Chocolate Malt Delights! ;-P

    I love roald Dahl! A terrific childhood read (awesome when you are a grownup too).



  15. I remember sitting down at the soda pop counter at Woolco's for a milkshake, so very, very long ago. I didn't know there could be so many rules about getting it perfect. Sounds like science to me and if that's the case, with my poor experience in baking, which is a science unlike cooking, I'd never get it right, lol! Love all these September treats, Louise!

  16. I haven't had a chocolate milkshake in way too long! Thanks for all the tips! I love the looks of the innkeeper pie and Matilda is one of my favorites. Hope you're having a great week Louise! xoxo

  17. I haven't had a milkshake in years, but if I were to have one it would be chocolate! Your pictures made me very, very hungry!

  18. It is interesting to note that yesterday, I did have a chocolate milk shake. Needed to finish up the last little bit of ice cream and the end of the chocolate syrup. How do you get the last drop of chocolate syrup, but to put milk in it and make a shake with it.
    Love all your pictures and information!!! You sure do go to a lot of research! Thanks!

  19. it is ages since I had a chocolate milkshake - but this post makes me feel nostalgic because my dad used to treat malted milkshakes as really special

  20. Several years ago my SIL gave us a Hamilton Beach Drinkmaster which is specifically for shakes and malts. Haven't used it. Reading your post made me want one so I will have to dig out the machine. The cookies sound yummy too.


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