Sisters and Brothers, tomorrow your Chocolate Priestess much focus on a Sacrament so today I realized I needed to give you a heads up that September 12 is "National Chocolate Milkshake Day" according to every fun food calendar I consulted.
I can't find any reliable information about why September 12th is marked as chocolate milkshake day but I did find some information about milkshakes. Milkshakes appeared in the 19th century as a food for the very young and the very ill or physically impaired OR they were an alcoholic drink. The term "milkshake" first appeared in print in 1885 suggesting either that it had been around for a bit or that it was very new and thus newsworthy. Unfortunately accurate historical information about who or why the first one was made has been lost so we can only know what happened after that first printed mentioning for which we have evidence.
This is true for many things in history but I note it is particular widespread for food history. One of my dearest friends who I went to graduate school with is a food historian and she tells me that evidence for when foods and recipes were created or discovered is very rare. It is much easier to track food popularity and development once it has achieved a certain level of use. As always I will try to find you information for any date on the Chocolate Calendar but I will never make things up, only attempt to apply my training as a historian to the evidence I can find.
Please send in a comment and tell me who makes your favorite chocolate milkshake, it could be a store, a restaurant, or yourself. Let us all know where to find great milkshakes. And remember if you make a comment, are an official follower of The Chocolate Cult and live in the USA you will be entered into the random drawing for a prize of products that I've reviewed.
On the day itself, your Chocolate Priestess and the Milk Chocolate Acolyte each got a simple, large chocolate milkshake from Bruster's which is about half a mile from our place. Normally we are big fans of Bruster's and really like their ice cream but this milkshake was disappointing because it really did not taste chocolaty until near the end where the syrup wasn't thoroughly mixed through. I asked the server as she handed them to me if they only flavored it or used chocolate ice cream. She told that they will make it with chocolate ice cream if you ask but normally not so that they save money -- for two of these it was $12.01 for us to have these. They were thick and they were good for vanilla ice cream with a little chocolate but not good for chocolate milkshakes. If you go, ask for the chocoolate ice cream too.
Sisters and Brothers, may you too take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.
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