Vanilla, strawberry, or chocolate? Oh wait! This week, you have no choice because it is National Chocolate Milkshake Day on Thursday! Milkshakes are a classic dessert that are popular even now, well over a hundred years after their birth. The concept of the milkshake as a treat has been around since the late 1800′s, however at the time of its discovery, it was an alcoholic beverage. The most common recipe called for a shot of whiskey, ice cream, and malted milk, while other holiday recipes called for eggnog additions. (Note to self: try that recipe one weekend.)
Anyway, it wasn’t until 1922 when a Walgreens employee in Chicago officially founded the milkshake at the fountain shop. It is believed that the first milkshake was concocted by adding two scoops of vanilla ice cream to malted milk. For our celebratory purposes today though, we will say that chocolate ice cream was also a main factor in the creation of milkshakes. What some people do not realize though, is that making milkshakes is not as simple as throwing chocolate ice cream into a blender. In fact, many ice cream parlors used syrups or chocolate ice cream mixed with another rich ice cream to achieve maximum flavor and consistency.
We are lucky that milkshakes are still a popular dessert. Diners, ice cream shops, and specialty shops are still making the drink, and in some cases even reinventing it to taste even more incredible. We’ve compiled 10 recipes to add a little something extra to your homemade chocolate milkshake!
Classic Chocolate Milkshake via Food
There is not much to say about this recipe other than this is a classic chocolate milkshake. Chocolate ice cream and chocolate syrup blended into a chocolate surprise. We hope you love chocolate is the bottom line!
Cocoa Shake via WikiHow
This is also a recipe for a typical chocolate shake, but this recipe consists of cocoa powder, vanilla ice cream, and vanilla extract. A different way to create the milkshake may result in a different taste. Try it out!
Chocolate Protein Shake Via Chocolate-Covered Katie
Who wouldn’t love to get some protein in the form of chocolate. So many chocolate protein powders have been invented in the hopes that a chocolate smoothie will actually taste good and be healthy, but this recipe may just do the trick. The shake is jam packed with protein and flavor!
Triple Chocolate Milkshake Via Pint Sized Baker
Here is just the start of alcoholic milkshakes on our list: double chocolate and 2 shots of rum. What a way to celebrate this national holiday!
Pretzel Brownie Shake Via Sweet C’s
Here is a recipe that is well worth a second look: especially if you are on a gluten free diet. All the milk products used in this recipe are soy based and the brownies and pretzels used are gluten free. Everyone loves chocolate covered pretzels, so why not take a shot at this milkshake!
Peppermint Chocolate Shake Via Mouth Watering Foods
This is the perfect recipe for the holidays. Chocolate and peppermint are one of the best flavor combinations of all time, and this recipe is essential to deck the halls!
Chocolate Banana Milkshake Via Archana’s Kitchen
Yet another unbeatable ingredient combination. Imagine a banana split, but in a blended form. Doesn’t that sound incredible? The recipe also includes flax seeds which are high in fiber. Nutrition + deliciousness= best recipe ever.
Bailey’s Chocolate Milkhake Via Food
This mudslide recipe includes Bailey’s as the alcoholic ingredient, but the reason we chose this milkshake recipe is because it teaches how to garnish in a beautiful way. Decorating food is half the fun!
Mudslide Milkshake Via This Bottle of Vodka
This milkshake is highly alcoholic, but with less of a bite. The recipe includes both Bailey’s and vodka, but it also implements double the chocolate from the previous recipe. Depending on the occasion, the drink could be a great party drink!
Blueberry Dark Chocolate Milkshake Via This Mama Loves…
Has anyone ever tried Brookstone chocolate covered acai? If you have than you know what heaven tastes like, and if you haven’t then you need to taste them immediately. That is besides the point though: this milkshake is very similar to those acai smothered in chocolate. We highly recommend this shake. It spices up a traditional chocolate shake and we hear blueberries are good for the memory…
Which chocolate milkshake do you think looks most appetizing?