RIDDLE. What do you get when you put two scoops of vanilla ice cream in a stemmed tulip glass and add butterscotch sauce, chocolate syrup, pecans, whipped cream and a cherry on top? A TURTLE SUNDAE!
A soda jerk at a Chicago Walgreens in l922 made the first modern milkshake when he mixed vanilla ice cream into a chocolate malted milk. My mother worked as a soda jerk in Preston in her youth, which explains my ability and affinity for eating gallons of ice cream!
In 1970, McDonal’s introduced a green shake for St. Patrick’s day. It continues today by popular demand.
In 1948, a salesman in St. Louis dreamed up Reddi-wip, which was delivered door to door just like milk.
If you are dying to visit a soda shop like back in the day, visit Wilton, Iowa. This soda fountain opened in 1860. It uses vintage equipment and makes chocolate malts made from a 100-year-old recipe. If you go online, you can order a chrome milkshake maker for $55. Libbey’s sells soda fountain glasses (six for $35).
The world’s most expensive milkshake debuted in 2018 in New York City for $100. It included Tahitian vanilla ice cream, British clotted cream. and edible gold leaf. It was served in a Swarovski crystal studded glass. You didn’t get to keep the glass.
If this brief history of ice cream inspires you, make your own milk shake or sundae. Here is one suggestion.