The original milkshake was first cited in print in 1885, and referred to an alcoholic eggnog-like drink served as a treat. By the early 1900s the drink had evolved into a mixture of crushed ice, milk, sugar, and flavorings, that often included ice cream. When the electric blender was invented in 1922 milkshakes began to morph into their modern whipped form. While some restaurants and diners continue to mix milkshakes “by hand” in a blender, many of today’s fast food chains use automatic milkshake machines. June 20th is National Vanilla Milkshake Day, a day to enjoy what is perhaps the most popular flavor of this delicious drink.
When I was a little kid we didn’t eat a lot of fast food, but when we did there were two items that topped my wish list: McDonald’s fries and vanilla milkshake. My mom is a malt-lover, but I take after my dad when it comes to milkshakes — we both love them. And with my history of two root canals, multiple fillings, and a tonsillectomy, there have been many times that a milkshake was just what the doctor ordered! Today, my favorite shake is probably Chik-fil-A’s cookies n’ cream milkshake, but sometimes I get the hankering to give in to a good old vanilla milkshake.
To celebrate National Vanilla Milkshake Day we started our afternoon at the gym. Knowing a shake (even a small one) loomed in my future, I knew I had to do a little pre-emptive calorie busting. Once our 45 minute workout was over, Chris and I headed over to Chick-fil-A and ordered three vanilla milkshakes — one for each of us, and the third for, guess who, my dad! My mom opted out of the celebration since, like I said, she really prefers malts over milkshakes. By the time we dropped my dad’s shake at my parents house, our milkshakes were already just about gone. That’s the thing about a yummy milkshake: once I start sipping, I find it almost impossible to pace myself! But today’s “unofficial” was a delicious one — with whipped cream and a cherry on top!
Tomorrow evening we’re going to head outdoors and, hopefully, burn a few more calories in the process — it’s National Daylight Appreciation Day!