There is perhaps nothing in the world that is a better taste of summer than a milkshake. Just one sip of that blended frosty mixture of ice cream, milk, and syrup, ideally with whipped cream and a cherry on top, and we’re transported back to our childhoods. Cookout milkshakes are the perfect way to take a break and re-live the best of those memories.
Types of Milkshakes
The milkshakes we know and love are traditionally made from any flavor of ice cream, with milk and flavorings added to the mixture before all the ingredients are blended together.
Milkshakes in the USA
We may all think we know what we’re getting when we order a milkshake, but milkshakes from different places around the country have their own specific names and ingredients. In parts of New England and Canada, if you want a milkshake you need to ask for a frappe or frap. These are names dating back to the 1950s, when milkshakes were often called fraps (from the French word frapper “to whip”) or velvets because of their thick smooth texture.
In other parts of the US, one may come across the unusually named “Coffee Cabinet” shake: a delicacy of Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. This shake is made with ice cream and coffee syrup, or a coffee-flavored ice cream.
Though milkshakes originated in the United States, they are enjoyed in countries all over the world. In the United Kingdom, an ice cream-based milkshake may be called a thick milkshake or thick shake. “Batido” are milkshakes with added fruit and are popular in Latin America and with those who are part of Miami’s Cuban expatriate community. In Nicaragua, milkshakes are called “leche malteada,” that is, “malted milk.”
The History of the Milkshake
The first milkshakes were a world away from what we would consider to be a milkshake today. In fact, when the term “milkshake” was first used in print in 1885, it described an alcoholic drink made with whiskey, eggs, milk, and other ingredients, more of an eggnog than an ice cream drink. By 1900, the milkshake had been transformed into a milk drink made with added vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry syrups. In the 1930s, milkshakes were a popular drink at malt shops, which were the soda fountains of their day.
How Were Milkshakes Made?
Before the invention or widespread availability of electric blenders, milkshake-type drinks were usually a mixture of crushed ice and milk, with added sugar and flavorings. After the invention of the blender, milkshakes began to be more like they are today – thick, whipped, and airy.
During this time and into the 1950s, milkshakes also became popular in other parts of the world, including the United Kingdom and Australia. In Australia, the classic offering of the popular milk bars was a lightly whipped milkshake served up in the aluminium or stainless steel cups in which they were prepared. Rather unusual flavors became popular in Australia, such as spearmint and lime-flavored milkshakes, in addition to the more conventional flavors favored by milkshake fans in America and the United Kingdom.
To Malt or Not to Malt?
Nowadays you could be forgiven for thinking that malted milk has always been a crucial part of a milkshake; however this is not the case. In fact, the use of malted milk powder in milkshakes was popularized in the USA by the Walgreens drug-store chain.
The History of Malt
Malted milk powder was originally developed by William Horlick as a health food, designed as a food product that could be drunk by disabled people, children, infants, and those who were sick. However, the mixture, made of evaporated milk, malted barley, and wheat flour, was so tasty that people of all sorts began to drink malted milk beverages just because they enjoyed the taste. Soda fountains began to offer malted milk beverages, often mixing them with milk and chocolate syrup.
In 1922, a Walgreens employee by the name of Ivar “Pop” Coulson made a special milkshake by adding two scoops of vanilla ice cream to the standard malted milk drink recipe. This new menu item was named “Horlick’s Malted Milk”, and later became known as a “malted” or “malt” milkshake. This malt soon became one of the most popular soda-fountain drinks around.
This association of malted milk with milkshakes helped to cement milkshakes in people’s minds as a healthy product and one suitable for all people; but particularly children. Indeed, with its high dairy content, full of calcium and protein, milkshakes in moderation can be an ideal addition to the diet of a growing child or teenager.
An Old-Style Milkshake Recipe
An article published in Maryland’s Salisbury Times in 1953 gives readers a recipe for making milkshakes at home. It instructs them to put all ingredients in a jar and shake the jar well. The article goes on to say that if one adds four large tablespoons of ice cream to the jar, the drink becomes a “frosted shake.” This recipe sounds simple to execute, but all the same we’re glad that we don’t have to go round shaking a jar to get our milkshake fix.
The Most Expensive Milkshake in the World
How much would you pay for a milkshake? The world’s most expensive milkshake is topped with real, 23 karat edible gold; but that is not the only feature driving the milkshake’s price up. The milkshake, available at the Serendipity 3 restaurant in New York, is made with Jersey milk, Tahitian vanilla ice cream, and Devonshire clotted cream imported from England.
The milkshake is then topped with “Le Cremose Baldizzone” (a special chocolate caramel sauce made with Venezuelan cocoa, Piedmont hazelnuts, and fresh donkey’s milk) and an imported gourmet Luxardo Maraschino cherry. It comes served up in a special glass encrusted with Swarovski crystals so that the drink will looks as splendid as it (hopefully) tastes. Such splendor does not come cheap though. Ordering this feast will set you back $100, and you don’t even get to keep the glass.
Does this extravaganza sound like your idea of milkshake heaven? If you would rather have a more conventional and affordable milkshake, without compromising on taste, then Cookout milkshakes may be just the right milkshake for you.
Cookout is a chain of restaurants established in 1989 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Right now, Cookout operates more than 150 restaurants. Cookout exists in only 10 states, but it has a cult following in the South. Customers are drawn by its affordable prices and its motto “Always fresh, never frozen” which derives from the fact that all their burger patties are made fresh in store each day.
While Cookout is most well known for having drive-thru service with outdoor seating, more recently they have been opening more sit-down restaurants. Cookout’s foods are available at genuinely affordable prices, meaning that you can get a filling supper for around $5, including a main dish, two sides and a drink.
Cookout Milkshakes are just one of the delicious items available on Cookout’s menu. The wide range of flavors available mean that milkshake devotees will always find something they like. In fact, there have even been blogs set up by milkshake lovers who aimed to try to review each and every flavor of the available Cookout milkshakes.
Milkshake Flavors Available
The list of flavors available with Cookout milkshakes is frankly astonishing. Whether you like the old classic flavors or feel like trying something a little more radical, there is something there for you on the Cookout milkshakes menu. Some of Cookout’s flavors are seasonal offerings and only available at certain times of the year, but most can be enjoyed all year round. Check out all the Cookout milkshakes flavors in the list below.
Banana, Banana Berry, Banana Nut, Banana Fudge, Banana Pineapple, Banana Pudding, Blueberry, Blueberry Cheesecake, Caramel, Caramel Cheesecake, Caramel Fudge, Cappuccino, Cheesecake Chocolate Chip, Chocolate (Hershey’s), Chocolate Cherry, Chocolate Nut, Cherry, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Malt, Eggnog (Available December), Fresh Watermelon (Available July-August), Heath Toffee, Hi-C Punch, Mint Chocolate Chip, Mocha, M&M, Oreo, Oreo Mint, Orange Push Up, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Banana, Peanut Butter Fudge, Pineapple, Peach, Peach Cobbler, Reese’s Cups, Snickers, Strawberry, Strawberry Cheesecake, Vanilla, Walnut.
All Cookout milkshakes, described as “Fancy Milkshakes,” are available to drink in or take away for less than $3.
Additional Cookout Offerings
If you want something more than just a milkshake, then Cookout has an excellent range of food, and other soft drinks. Main food includes freshly made burgers, BBQ plates, chicken strips, steaks and sandwiches, so there’s something to suit all tastes. Cookout also offers a large range of sides, including fries, onion rings, and firm Southern cooking favorite Hush Puppies In addition, if you’re thirsty but not in a milkshake mood, Cookout also offers a range of fountain drinks, sweet and unsweet tea, Cheerwine, and coke floats.
Cookout offers a wide range of freshly made delicious food and milkshakes at reasonable prices. Whether you only like one flavor of milkshake or you want to try something new, Cookout has the milkshake for you. When you start longing for that taste of summer or yearning to go back to your childhood, Cookout milkshakes are exactly what you need.