Looking for an Easy Vanilla Milkshake Recipe for that craving or delicious dessert? This milkshake recipe is a keeper. It’s so easy; I can make them on a whim for the entire family. You can add toppings, syrups or other flavorings if you want to experience something more than simple vanilla.
Fun Fact: The blender was invented specifically to make milkshakes? Prior to the blender’s invention, milkshakes were literally “all shook up” in a metal container. Invented by Stephen J. Poplawski, the blender appeared in 1922, saving the arms of soda jerks, and changing history!
In 1885, folks started using the word “milkshake” in print. Back then they were a “sturdy, healthful eggnog type of drink with eggs and whiskey.”
By 1900 the term milkshake referred to “wholesome drinks made with chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla syrups.” and being asked for with ice cream. It wasn’t until the 1930s that milkshakes became a favorite drink at malt shops.
Fun Fact: New Englanders eat more ice cream–and milkshakes–than anywhere else in the United States!
Believe it or not, the Chicago drugstore chain, Walgreens, gets credit for adding malted milk powder to a milkshake.
Credit is given to a Walgreen’s employee by the name of Ivar “Pop” Coulson, who, in 1922, was making milkshakes with two scoops of vanilla ice cream to the popular malted milk drink recipe.
It was called, “Horlick’s Malted Milk” and became one of the most popular drinks sold in soda-fountain eateries.
Let’s face it, the vanilla milkshake is one of the most popular milkshakes in the universe.
This basic vanilla milkshake is one that we love because it’s so simple and always tastes delicious!
For a classic easy vanilla milkshake try topping it with some whipped cream. You may want to customize this easy vanilla milkshake into something more fancy by adding different toppings such as berries, chocolate, candy pieces, drizzle with hot fudge or caramel.
This easy vanilla milkshake is a great base for more elaborate shakes.
Easy Vanilla Milkshake Recipe Ingredients:
- 1-quart Vanilla Ice Cream
- 1 cup Half & Half (or whole milk)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Easy Vanilla Milkshake Recipe Directions:
- In a blender combine ice cream and half-and-half.
- Add vanilla
- Blend until smooth
- Make sure the ice cream is frozen cold. The colder the ice cream, the creamier and thicker the vanilla milkshake will be.
- Substitute the ice cream for vanilla frozen yogurt, dairy-free frozen dessert.
- For a different flavor, just replace the vanilla ice cream with your favorite flavor ice cream and follow the same process.
- The best milkshakes are made with milk high in fat, particularly whole milk. Low-fat milk doesn’t yield the rich and creamy texture.
Easy Vanilla Milkshake
- 1 quart vanilla ice cream
- 1 cup half and half whole milk works too
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- In a blender combine ice cream and half-and-half and vanilla.
- Blend with lid on until smooth