In North America, a milk shake (or milkshake) is a cold drink usually made with milk, ice cream, and sweet syrups, such as chocolate syrup, mixed in a blender. People usually drink milkshakes with a drinking straw and from a tall glass or cup.
Comparison between smoothies and milkshakes
Milk shakes are similar to smoothies. Smoothies are a type of cold drink made with an electric blender. Smoothies are made with a liquid (either milk, fruit juice, or water), crushed ice or ice cubes, different fruits, and honey or maple syrup.
In popular culture
Milk shakes and other cold drinks such as "ice cream floats" (a scoop of ice cream placed in a glass of cola or other carbonated soda drink) or "malts" (a milk shake with malt powder added to it) were popular among teenagers in the 1950s. Teenagers would go to ice cream parlors and order cold drinks.
Images for kids
Restaurant milkshakes are usually prepared in a steel cup, and served in a tall glass with toppings and a straw. As the steel cups are usually larger than the glasses, the remaining milkshake is served in the mixing cup with a spoon. Pictured are a strawberry and a chocolate shake, with whipped cream, sprinkles, and a maraschino cherry each.
This milkshake was made using liquid nitrogen. Vapor can still be seen forming at the top.
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