Today is a whole slew of various National Days. There’s National Video Game Day. I suppose that would have been a good day to celebrate before the insanity of 2020. Now, video games might just be something we have had enough of, seeking real games with actual contact instead. It’s also Nation Day of Encouragement. After the National sadness of September 11, a day of uplifting encouragement is like a welcome breath of fresh air. Maybe we should declare every day as a day to encourage one another. How great is that?
It’s also National Chocolate Milkshake Day. Interestingly enough, the term milkshake first appeared in print in 1885 and it wasn’t in reference to the Chocolate Shakes of today. These were an eggnog type drink that included whiskey. Pharmacies served up the drink as a tonic to treat a variety of affections that the whiskey seemed to cure. By the early 1900s, a scoop of ice cream was included in this new treatment. In 1922, Hamilton Beach begin installing drink mixers at soda fountains. Shortly after that whiskey was replaced with syrups such as chocolate or strawberry and the whole Milkshake craze of malt shops and burger joints soon followed.
I don’t know about you, but one of the things I love about a chocolate milkshake is that squirt of whipped cream with a cherry on top. This delicious shake goes one better, with bits of cherry blended right into the shake itself. Yah, yum right?
Cherry Chocolate Milkshake
16 Maraschino Cherries, divided
4 scoops Chocolate Ice Cream
1-1/2 cups cold Milk, divided
1/2 cup Chocolate Syrup, divided
4 scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
Whip Cream Topping
Chill glasses in the freezer. Set 4 cherries with stems aside. Remove stems from remaining 12 cherries, roughly chop cherries and set aside.
Place scoops of chocolate ice cream into a large blender. Pour 3/4 cup cold milk over the chocolate ice cream. Add 1/4 cup chocolate syrup and half of the chopped cherries. Top with four scoops of vanilla ice cream, remaining 3/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup syrup and chopped cherries. Cover and blend until smooth.
Pour Cherry Chocolate Shake into chilled glasses. Garnish with whip cream and a cherry. Serve with a spoon and large straw.
Want to make this a Fifties Night? How ’bout a Classic Burger and Fries.