The Classics –  The Malted Milk

The Classics – The Malted Milk

Here at Frostbite, we love all things ice cream.  That’s why we are not only interested in the millions of taste combinations we can make for you in our downtown Davie cafe, but we also like to discover more about America’s favorite old school flavors.  This time around, we are looking at the magnificent malted milkshake.

What Is A Malt Shake?

Often simply referred to as a “malt”, malted milkshakes are a great retro style treat that is still enjoyed up and down the country.  Made using malted milk powder that consists of malted barley, wheat flour and whole milk, these shakes have a thick consistency and a wonderful buttery flavor.  To create the shake, the malted milk powder is blended with ice cream, milk and flavoring, to create the ultimate thick, creamy, delicious milkshake.

History of The Malted Milk

Here in the US, milkshakes were originally used as an alcoholic whiskey drink that had an eggnog consistency.  Promoted as being a “tonic as well as a treat” they were mostly reserved for adults only.

By the turn of the century, people had started to experiment with adding sweet tasting syrups to the mixture and taking away the alcohol.  Chicago drugstore chain Walgreens became famous for their malted milk when Walgreens’ employee Ivar “Pop” Coulson added ice cream to the malted milk recipe and created Horlicks Malted Milk, which became famous the world over, and a staple of Walgreens throughout the country.

By the 1950’s diners, soda fountains and drugstores were all selling malted milkshakes. They became so popular that an entire culture began to build up around them, with servers having their own special terms to refer to the way in which the milkshakes were made. The customer could have a malt that was “Burn One All the Way” (chocolate malted with chocolate ice cream), a “Twist It, Choke It, and Make It Cackle” (chocolate malted with an egg) or opt for the simple sweetness of a “White Cow” (a plain vanilla milkshake).

They became known as “frappes”, “velvets:” and just plain old “frosted malts” in various parts of the country, and the continued development of multi-mixer ice cream machines meant that these delicious drinks had cemented a permanent place in the hearts and minds of America.

Fast forward to the modern day, and malts are just as popular as always.  These days we are more concerned with the amount of sugar we consume as a nation, and organic, natural, sugar-free alternatives are being made widely available. Choose from modern-day malts made with toasted pecans, vanilla beans and even rose water or vodka for a modern-day twist on an iconic favorite.

Why Do We Love Malts So?

For many of us, the idea of enjoying an icy-cold malted treat reminds us of days gone by.  Served up in retro y-shaped glasses and enjoyed on chrome barstool leaning on Formica counters, the malted milk evokes a precious era where a stainless-steel milkshake machine took pride of place in every diner.

Frozen Delights from Frostbite

Our nitrogen ice-cream offers heaps of different flavor combinations, all as delicious as the next.  Stop by and see us soon, as we turn nitrogen ice cream into yet another all-American favorite.

If you want to indulge in the all-American love of desserts, but would like to try something a little different, why not head on over to our amazing and unique nitrogen ice cream cafe in downtown Davie.  We have literally millions of flavor combinations, everyone as delicious as the next.

So, what are you waiting for?  Pull up a chair and join us for the ultimate frozen desserts in South Florida.

The best way to find out more about Frostbite Nitrogen Ice Cream is to experience it for yourself. Stop in with your kids, friends, Grandparents, date, or even just yourself. You won’t be disappointed!  Click our LOGO below to enter our website where you can discover more about us!

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