Milkshake Fun Facts

The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving and milkshake fun facts. As we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.

We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know we will look at Milkshake fun facts.

Milkshake Fun Facts: The first known printed reference to a “milkshake” dates back to 1885 and contains whiskey as one ingredient. For medicinal purposes only (wink wink).

  • Milkshakes got their name from being served in bars. If the customer enjoyed the milkshake, he shook hands with the bartender. If not, the bartender didn’t get a tip.
  • June 20th is National Vanilla Milkshake Day.
  • September 12th is National Chocolate Milkshake Day.
  • According to The Guinness Book of World Records, in 2000 Ira Freehof, made the world’s largest milkshake. At 6,000 gallons it was the equivalent of 50,000 normal-sized shakes.
  • Malted milk powder was invented in 1897 by James and William Horlick, but it was Ivar Coulson, a soda jerk for a Walgreen’s drug store, who first added it to milkshakes in 1922. This created the malted milkshake or just plain “malt.”
  • Steven Poplawski invented the electric blender in 1922 just for milkshakes. Before that, the effort of shaking them up must have required a lot of upper body motion.
  • Bostonians call milkshakes “frappes,” but this can also simply mean a glass of milk with syrup. In the United Kingdom, milkshakes are called “thick shakes.” In Latin America, the Spanish word is “batido.”
  • A surefire cure for hangovers is to drink a banana milkshake sweetened with honey. It helps soothe your stomach, plus it builds up depleted blood sugar levels and electrolytes such as magnesium and potassium.
  • It’d take 3,200,000 average-sized milkshakes to fill up an Olympic-sized pool.
  • Milkshakes were a popular food of the extras dressed in ape costumes during filming of the original PLANET OF THE APES movie. Their masks didn’t allow them to eat a regular meal, but they place a straw in their mouths.

Milkshake Fun Facts We Missed

Let us know if we missed any milkshake fun facts in the comment section below. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.

Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about the Milkshake

2017-03-31T08:41:56+00:00 By |Did You Know?|

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Richard is an architect by degree (Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan) who began his career in real estate development and architectural planning. In September of 2010 he created Mobile Cuisine Magazine to fill an information void he found when he began researching how to start a mobile hotdog cart in Chicago. Richard found that there was no central repository of mobile street food information anywhere on the internet, and with that, the idea for MCM was born.


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  2. Suzy Jun 21, 2013 at 4:55 am

    In the United Kingdom milkshakes are called … milkshakes. In McDonalds they are called thick shakes.

  3. chole Jan 21, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Did you know milkshakes from steak 'n' shake have mixed ones like strawnana

  4. Bob Feb 16, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Did you know that milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard

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