5 things you might not know about milkshakes (and our next prize!)

Posted by Turkey Hill Team on July 18th, 2017

pic4We hope everyone’s National Ice Cream Month is going well. And by “well,” we mean you’re enjoying plenty of ice cream!

You can enjoy ice cream in many forms, of course. Bowls and cones are a popular choice, but you can also indulge with a milkshake or by using ice cream in a dessert recipe.

Speaking of milkshakes, today’s post will offer a set of SIX 12-ounce milkshake glasses (that’s them on the right – $14.99 on Amazon). Leave a comment with your favorite milkshake flavor, and we’ll choose one at random to win!

In the meantime, here are a few facts about milkshakes which are pretty much guaranteed to make you want to whip up a shake for yourself!

1. The earliest milkshakes (back in the late 1800s) were alcoholic beverages that contained whiskey and eggs but no ice cream.

2. The modern ice cream-based milkshake was born in 1922 by an employee of the Walgreen’s drug store in Chicago (drug stores often had soda fountains back then). The “malted,” as they were called back then, was made with malted milk, chocolate and ice cream.

3. The world’s largest milkshake was a 6,000 gallon creation prepared in New York in 2000. It was made in a milk tanker that looked like a giant milkshake glass.

4. Most folks call them milkshakes, but in Boston and parts of New England and Canada, they’re called a “frappe” (the “e” is silent). In Rhode Island, a milkshake is known as a “cabinet” because it’s made from a blender stored in the kitchen cabinet. 

5. Milkshakes were a popular offering at 1950s soda fountains. The shakes were made by employees known as “soda jerks.” They got their name not because of their rude disposition, but because of the jerking motion of their hand when they pulled on the soda fountain handle.

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103 Responses to “5 things you might not know about milkshakes (and our next prize!)”

  1. Brian G says:

    Butterscotch is the best!

  2. Donna Park says:

    Thanks for the interesting facts about milkshakes!!

  3. Sarah says:

    I remember having shakes in these type of glasses at the local drug store when I was a kid.

  4. Donna says:

    I would love a milkshake…and a prize!

  5. Annmarie W. says:

    Nothing beats a good ‘ole chocolate milkshake!

  6. Nina Hilson says:

    thank you for the facts!!! my favorite milkshake is STRAWBERRY!!! FOLLOWED BY IRISH MILK SHAKE AT ST PADDY’S DAY!!!!


  7. sara says:

    That looks so refreshing

  8. Linda Clark says:

    Interesting facts to know about milkshakes that I just love

  9. Bill Webb says:

    I still have an old Hamilton Beach semi green milkshake maker to make mine

  10. sue frantz says:

    love the little known facts–i’m always interested in how things got their names or got started! My favorite would have to be a black and white…and the more they cave in the back of your head the better 🙂

  11. mark johnston says:

    chocolate malts are my favorite

  12. Chocolate is my favorite milkshake flavor. And I know I’m giving away my age but I used to drink malted milk shakes at a soda fountain as a kid. They were delicious!

  13. Sandra Carpenter says:

    Thanks for the milkshake trivia. Milkshakes are a favorite summer treat in our house.

  14. JOHN FLANAGAN says:

    Vanilla Lemonade made with Turkey Hill Vanilla Bean ice cream and Turkey Hill Lemonade

  15. Cheryl says:

    Black Raspberry for me!

  16. Terry B says:

    Love milkshakes and prizes.

  17. Maryann Striff says:

    Those glasses bring back many wonderful memories. My mom served us ice cream every Sunday in those glasses. I can still remember the chunks of ice cream and slurping through the straw…never wanting it to end! Nothing better then ice cream!! That you God!!!

  18. Donna Keller says:

    I also love milkshakes, although I don’t eat them too often because of the sugar. Butterscotch would be my favorite. Love the milk shakes glasses.

  19. Jim in SOMD says:

    I think that it is basic, but Chocolate is probably my favorite, with Vanilla and Strawberry also up there with it.

  20. Harriet Goldstein says:

    My favorite milkshake flavor is vanilla. My husband makes ice cream sodas with soda and ice cream in a tall cup. The glasses make a nice prize for the lucky winner.

  21. Jenna Lindsay says:

    Really cool article!! Chocolate is probably my favorite milkshake with whipped cream on top!

  22. JANET L says:

    i enjoyed reading the milkshake facts. anyhting that has ice cream in it has my attention .
    chocolate milkshake the beat . i add homemade chocolate syrup to it also. so delicious . my grand children love them, the 2 older ones want theirs thick. they say make like my back teeth are going to be loosen . that’s the way like them too.
    I don’t have milkshakes glasses , i would really use these

  23. Paul says:

    I love neopolitan

  24. Thelma M Jones says:

    I haven’t had a milkshake in years due to lactose intolerance, but I do like. The last one was strawberry. The glasses make a good gift though for those who like to make their own

  25. Cheryl says:

    I love Cherry Milkshakes.

  26. Marietta Crapps says:

    I still prefer delicious malted milk. Love the flavor of malt and chocolate together!

  27. Carol says:

    I’ll have to go with salted caramel as my favorite flavor milkshake. It would be fun to drink some from today’s prize!

  28. Denise brown says:

    Chocolate marshmallow is a good one for a shake!!

  29. judy kasten says:

    very interesting

  30. Karen says:

    What could be finer on a summer night than a thick chocolate milkshake made from vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup? Drug stores had soda fountains back in the twenties? Huh! Our local sundries et al corner store had a soda fountain way back in the 1960’s.

  31. caroline of Manalapan says:

    Maybe in our house we are old fashion since we still call them “Milkshakes”. Besides old drug stores we used to get them in “Luncheonettes” which are very rare these days

  32. Debbie says:

    I enjoy a vanilla milkshake, made with Turkey Hill, of course. And, sometimes I add a drop of peppermint extract and green food coloring to make it like a certain “4 leaf clover” shake! Especially on St. Paddy’s Day! 🙂

  33. Monica says:

    I want those milkshake glasses! Having an ice cream shoppe party for my daughter’s 1st Birthday!

  34. Joan says:

    Thanks for the info re: milkshakes. My favorite milkshake flavor is Vanilla.

  35. gianna says:

    Interesting facts, especially the first one! My fav milkshake…chocolate of course!

  36. Dorothy Pickett says:

    Love Love Vanilla!

  37. Lisa Kerstein says:

    Chocolate is my favorite flavor and I like it plain or a chocolate fudge, or chocolate marshmallow, shakes along that line. I have always loved malted milkshakes but it’s difficult to find one in town.

    Very interesting milkshake facts.

  38. J Harold Mohler says:

    I love raspberry shakes the best followed by strawberry shakes.

  39. Donna Turello says:

    My mom used to make me root beer floats

  40. NANCY P. says:

    Strawberry followed by Cherry Vanilla then Chocolate….I know, I know….”old fashioned” but still my favorites.

  41. Peggy says:

    Flavor doesn’t matter as long as it is nice and thick.

  42. Philomena Liberkowski says:

    I’ve been drinking milkshakes for 96 years now, and my favorite flavor, you ask . . . ANY flavor milkshake as long as it’s made with Turkey Hill Natural Ice Cream. The BEST ice cream in the world! Especially the blackberry swirl and Belgian style chocolate and vanilla bean and chocolate peanut butter and . . .

  43. jerry says:

    Memories with my pop at the soda fountain

  44. Carly says:

    Definitely peach! In August, when the peaches are perfectly ripe, they make for the ultimate BEST homemade milkshakes in the universe!

  45. Woolworth’s Five and Ten had the best milkshakes. Nothing beat a grill cheese and a real ice cream milk shake at Woolworth’s when I was growing up in the sixties.They had glasses just like the ones that your showing. Miss that counter. My favorite flavor is just a plain old black and white with whip cream and chocolate sauce on top.

  46. Marion says:

    Really enjoyed the info on milkshakes. I like mine really thick even though the old-fashioned ones weren’t very thick. They were good, too. I guess my favorites would be vanilla, chocolate, chocolate malt, and coffee, of course. I can’t believe nobody mentioned coffee!

  47. mary ann herrmann says:

    …interesting facts, thanks TH. I was a “soda jerk”; my nickname was “Scooper”. (think about it!!) anyways, love chocolate malted AND would love to win these darling glasses.
    thanks for the opportunity y’all.

  48. Jay says:

    Root beer floats

  49. Thank you TH for the milkshake facts. Learn something every day from TH.

    My favorite milkshake flavor is chocolate; anything chocolate is welcomed into my home – ice cream is at top of the list as long as it is made by Turkey Hill.

  50. Amy says:

    great information – thanks.

  51. Wanda says:

    Chocolate for me

  52. Barb says:

    My favorite it a black and white milkshake (vanilla and chocolate mixed)
    Thanks for the interesting facts about milkshakes!

  53. Sue says:

    Fun learning about milk shakes but MORE fun, eating them! Chocolate would be my favorite!

  54. diane says:

    Mocha is a favorite flavor of mine. Here in New England a mocha frappe contained coffee ice cream and chocolate syrup with the milk and the milkshake was a squirt of chocolate and a squirt of coffee syrup with the milk. Both of them were served in glasses just like the ones that are shown here. I remember those days of long ago!

  55. Mary Anne Powell says:

    Enjoyed the history lesson. My favorite has always been coffee shakes.

  56. Liz S. says:

    My favorite milkshake flavor is peanut butter chocolate fudge. Classic flavor combination

  57. Deb says:

    Has to be Chocolate, the best.

  58. Our local dairy had a store that had the best milk shakes . They stuffed the silver can full of ice cream with the rest milk . You poured the big glass full and there was always half the can left to refill your glass again .They are still remember !!

  59. Beth says:

    My favorite is Chocolate shake!

  60. KimB says:

    Nothing beats an extra thick chocolate milkshake made with chocolate ice cream and chocolate syrup.

  61. Susan Lutman says:

    My favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate. I’m glad I can have a milk shake today rather than in the late 1800s. I prefer ice cream to whiskey.

  62. Janet Dietrick says:

    vanilla is always good

  63. Beth says:

    chocolate is my favorite shake!

  64. Denise says:


  65. trish reichert says:

    VANILLA OR CHOCOLATE…Hard to decide because they are BOTH SO GOOD when made with THIC

  66. Robin Ames says:

    Haven’t had a milkshake in… forever! These glasses might nudge me towards one…

  67. Donna McCauley says:

    my favorite flavor of milkshake is chocolate

  68. Juliann Holcomb says:

    Good old fashion Vanilla Milkshake and I would love a chance at winning the glasses. We eat a lot of ice cream here and enjoy many flavors of Turkey Hill!

  69. Eloisa says:

    Mint chocolate chip!

  70. lee carr says:

    I love knowing that milkshakes had alcohol

  71. Ann says:

    great icecream

  72. Susan J says:

    My favorite is a good chocolate malted milkshake – yum!

  73. Cate Weeder says:

    I like to add ‘crunchies’ to my milkshakes, like cookies, candy bars, pie crust; and ANYTHING with coconut is the ‘bomb’!! So, coconut pie milkshake!! That’s the ticket!

  74. Betty says:

    Love everything Chocolate

  75. Vera Howard says:

    WE would like to try a mocha Milk Shake.

  76. pat says:

    malted is good in shakes

  77. Carol K says:

    Love deep dark chocolate mocha!

  78. Ellen Malone says:

    I love anything to do with Turkey Hill. I tell everyone that Turkey Hill has THE BEST chocolate peanut butter ice cream in the entire world. That’s were the extra 20 pds has come from over the last several months!! I am addicted to chocolate peanut butter and since I have recently seen that it comes in vanilla flavor as well I am duelly addicted!! I have to buy one of each every time I go to the store. Yum Yum…….gotta have it.

  79. Gretchen Bohmaker says:

    I like a chocolate or mocha shake! Thanks for all the info. I miss the bygone days when soda fountains were in drug stores, it was such a treat!

  80. Pineapple is my favorite because it is so refreshing!

  81. Richard says:

    I am old school to I have to say vanilla is my all time favorite, and of course that includes using Turkey Hills French vanilla ice cream!

  82. Heather Bruinsma says:

    I like peanut butter and chocolate milkshakes or marshmallow and chocolate milkshakes!

  83. I like Vanilla milkshakes.

  84. Richard D. Wymer says:

    It’s hard to say Just One Flavor as I Love several equally.
    Fresh Banana & Caramel is a Popular One for Me, but on the Flip-Flop a Good Old Fashioned Chocolate Malted works just as well.
    When I make them at Home I Use 1/2 ‘n 1/2 rather than Milk for that extra Creaminess….Yummy for Your Tummy!!

  85. Nancy Javeline says:

    Vanilla Milkshakes are my favorite! Can’t wait to make
    one with Turkey Hill!!!

  86. Liz S says:

    Just read that Turkey Hill Premium Dutch Chocolate won the taste test run by Cook’s Country/America’s Test Kitchen! Congratulations! I will use it to make my favorite flavor milk shake – chocolate!

  87. CHRISTINE says:


  88. Leslie says:

    Turkey Hill, can you please share the perfect make-at-home milkshake recipe? For some reason mine made in the standard blender at home are never the same consistency as those shakes made with restaurant quality mixers. Many thanks!

  89. yee says:

    Yes I want those milkshake glass to make milkshake for my son, daughter and wife.

  90. Beth says:

    Love coffee Oreo shakes

  91. Bob Kessler Jr says:

    I enjoy my milkshakes with bananas. If not available then strawberries or blueberries will do.

  92. Marge says:

    I have been going to Rhode Island for fifty years and never knew these wonderful treats are called “Cabinets”. Although I have plenty of beverage glasses I sure would enjoy using your special milkshake type.
    They do bring back memories as I think ice cream sodas were often served in them as well.

  93. I love chocolate milkshakes.

  94. April Ellis says:

    Thanks so much for the fascinating info! Fingers crossed!!

  95. Suzanne says:

    My mother was a teenage soda jerk in the late 1940s. She told me many stories about her best job at her local drug store soda fountain days.so awesome. My love for all things ice cream is fulfilled everyday with anything Turkey Hill. Thanks!!

  96. Linda Leonard says:

    Thanks for the information on milkshakes and the opportunity to win the glasses. My favorite milkshake has always been chocolate and I will forever have fond memories of my grandmother taking me to a specific bakery’s soda fountain to buy me that wonderful treat!

  97. Karen says:

    When my husband was alive he made milkshakes all the time. These would be a happy reminder of those times.

  98. Karen says:

    I can’t believe national ice cream month is almost over. Time sure does fly.

  99. Donna says:

    I love milkshakes! And would love those glasses to enjoy mine in!

  100. Terry Casey says:

    When Does Campfire Smores come out?

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