The first time the word ‘milkshake’ was ever used inprint dates back to 1885, when it was originally described as a mixed alcoholic whiskey drink. The unusual recipe called for eggs and whiskey to be used in an eggnog type drink to restore health as well as to enjoy as a treat. It was not until the early 20th century that the milkshake as we know it today began to emerge. From the 1900s onwards, milkshakes acquired a much more wholesome and family friendly image. In fact they became an icon of American culture and globalisation everywhere as they took over in Hollywood and started to feature in an influx of motion pictures and made for TV movies and shows.
The classic milk based drink usually features an ornately tall ribbed glass, before reaching a tantalizing peak with its stiff thick consistency. The drink is usually drunk with a straw, and sometimes eaten with the addition of a small spoon. To highlight or add to the flavour of the drink, a topping that compliments or contrasts such as cherries or rainbow sprinkles are often added to the top of the drink. Milkshakes are now considered almost a meal in themselves, though are still most associated with dessert.
Commercial milkshakes drink makers can also be used for savoury options such as tomato cold soup gazpacho, as well as fruit flavoured smoothie drinks. Milkshakes are more well known however for their ice cream flavours: vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. Adding a milkshake maker to your commercial kitchen equipment list will add a special edge to your menu. Milkshakes can be the extra something that convinces diners it is a worthwhile experience to spend money on eating food outside their homes.