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I've got a bit of a thing for milkshake glasses. I think it's the whole ambiance they conjure - summer, lazy days, fun, sun..childhood. A traditional milkshake is consumed via a particular shaped glass; clear glass or pastel coloured and tall and ridged, with a stem.
A Snippet of Milkshake History
The term milkshake wasn't used until around the 1880's and then they were an alcoholic whiskey drink, not the wholesome, if sweet, frothy milk drink we know and love today. However, they were promoted as a kind of "tonic", but then so was Godfrey's Cordial, which contained opium.
|Hamilton Beach Milkshake Mixer|
The Malt Shop, a precursor to the Soda Fountain, sprang up in the 1930's as a hangout joint for students and miscellaneous young folk. Up until 1922, when the electric blender was invented, commercially made drinks were made, either by shaking everything up in a container or using a Hamilton Beach Mixer, which had been around since 1911. Domestic blenders weren't in widespread use until much later.
A Real Treat
|Classic Milkshake Glasses|
Archaic Soda Fountain Jargon:
Burn One All the Way - choc malt with ice-cream
Shake One in the Hay -strawberry shake
Twist It, Choke It, and Make It Cackle - choc malted with egg
White Cow - vanilla milkshake
Oddly, it seems quite hard to find traditional, good quality milkshake glasses, unless you buy them in bulk, in sets of 24. If you're a cafe owner looking for a supply, there's a set of (fairly expensive) classic milkshake glasses on sale at ebay right now. Also at Maven Supplies. Amazon do sell milkshake glasses but I couldn't find any in the classic design.
Best MilkShake Mixers
|Candy-striped paper milkshake cups, from Alibaba|