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The History of Milkshakes

In the 1800s, the word “milkshake” referred to a type of eggnog made with whiskey. However, by the 1900s, it had evolved into a tasty, family-friendly drink; syrup replaced the alcohol and ice cream and milk were added. However, milkshakes were difficult to make, so in 1911, Hamilton Beach created a drink mixer to make it easier. Then in 1922, Steven Poplawski invented the blender. That same year, Walgreens employee Ivar “Pop” Coulson created the first malted milkshake when he added vanilla ice cream to their usual malted milk drink. By the 1950s, milkshakes were everywhere. Today, they remain a popular drink and are often ordered at restaurants and diners.

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