All-American Vanilla Milkshake

When the term “milkshake” was first used in print in 1885, milkshakes were an alcoholic drink that was described as a “sturdy, healthful eggnog type of drink, with eggs, whiskey, etc., served as a tonic and a treat”. However, by 1900, the term began to refer to “wholesome drinks” made with chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla syrups occasionally with ice cream. By the 1930s, Hamilton Beach introduced the stand blender and milkshakes instantly become a popular drink at malt shops and soda fountains, where students gathered to hang out. Milkshakes, burgers, ice cream sundaes, and jukebox music ultimately came to define the American teenager of the time.

American Vanilla Milkshake

Original Vanilla Milkshake

This is the milkshake that started it all. Cool, creamy, thick, and oh so good. It makes sense why this American invention became so popular. Throw a burger and fries in the mix and great songs playing on the jukebox and you've created a true 1950s American experience. Strawberry, chocolate, or coffee syrup can easily replace the vanilla in a "shake".
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Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American, American Midwest, North American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 Milkshakes
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • Blender


  • 2 cups Vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup Whole milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract


  • Combine ice cream, milk, and vanilla extract in a blender. Blend on high until smooth, a minute or two. Serve in glasses with straws.


  • To make chocolate milkshake, use chocolate iced cream and 2-3 tbsp chocolate syrup. 
  • Do the same strawberry ice cream with strawberry syrup or coffee iced cream and syrup for coffee shakes.


Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 224mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 377IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 160mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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