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You know, I've never had a milkshake. Posted on 07/28/2002.

Which is weird, considering my passion for ice cream. But, see, I was raised on chocolate malts, made by my dad. (Well, not "raised on" in the sense of it being a primary source of nutrition...) We always had malt in the house. And Ovaltine. (Both of which would get sprinkled on the chocolate sundaes I made myself pretty much every night.)

For some reason, the notion of a "chocolate milkshake" is decidedly unthrilling. Very much a "why bother?" proposition. If they don't have malt, I simply don't order.

Oh, and a "chocolate malt" for me is not chocolate ice cream, milk, and malt. Uh-uh. Most chocolate ice cream is no good--too chalky. (Chalk-o-late ice cream! HA!) No, I make sure to order a "black and white", which is vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce (and, when I make them at home, additional vanilla extract as well). The vanilla flavor is essential to the experience.

Anyway, this blathering was spurred by an article on "malteds" from the New York Times.

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Ovaltine is full of vitamins, you know. Totally nutritious. Also, milk! Calcium, vitamin D...
Posted by jjg @ 07/29/2002 12:00 AM PST [link to this comment]

That's funny about the malts, and ovaltine.. Your dad and I weren't in the same place when I was into my teens etc., but I too have that malt thing.. I'd always make mine with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup too.. In Chicago I usesd Bosco brand mostly.. Ovaltine on my vanilla i/c, but not in milk..
Chocolate malts (preferrably with a squooch of whip cream on the inside of the glass) with hamburgers were the right combo, (but burgers aren't essential)
Homemade are always the best.. I like mine thick and malty.. I also like vanilla and strawberry malts..

Unlike you, I have had many shakes.. not by choice, but because most of the burger places I get my fast foods from don't seem to know what malt is.. Shakes are a passable substitute, and still better with a burger then a cola... Although at this point in time, I don't endulge myself.. Perhaps after I lose a few more pounds brought on by some of the above mentioned..
Posted by meturn4 @ 07/29/2002 02:29 AM PST [link to this comment]

Personally, I'm all about the Vanilla malt, which to me is just a Vanilla Milkshake with malt in it. In fact, I seem to remember getting pretty good Vanilla Malts at Burger Joint [Epinion by some dude named "peterme"]. They use Double Rainbow ice cream, you know? Tasty!
Posted by Brad Lauster @ 07/29/2002 09:51 PM PST [link to this comment]

If you decide to try a milkshake, STAY AWAY from McDonald's triple shake. It's worse than its original shake. The original had just the right taste for a light shake. The new one is heavy and too much. Peter -- how about an exact recipe for your choc malt down to the brand of ice cream and chocolate syrup? Is it U-Bet or Hershey's or something else? Those who like the candy shakes -- Dairy Queen, in my opinion, has the best in its Blizzards. McDs and Baskin and Robbins don't compare.
Posted by Meryl @ 07/30/2002 07:36 AM PST [link to this comment]

Perhaps we're getting into regionalisms here, but that crap you get at McDonald's in NOT a shake. To make a milk shake you absolutely must start with two things:
1. Hard Ice Cream
2. Milk

McDonald's "shakes" have neither.

A Blizzard isn't a shake either. It's a Blizzard. It's soft ice cream and candy whipped together. Note the missing key ingredients: Hard Ice Cream and Milk.

Anyone else agree? ...maybe I'm just a shake snob?
Posted by Brad @ 07/30/2002 01:49 PM PST [link to this comment]

You're right about the shakes from most fast food places not really being milk shakes made with hard ice cream, milk, and blended in a big metal container snapped onto a green machine that could hold from one to several..

The best are what can be made at home (assuming one has a blender, or even a hand mixer).. Your choice of brands of i/c, milk (whole, skim, or in between..) to a favorite chocolate syrup, whipped cream, or whatever..
It takes a little time, not really less expensive, but getting exactly what one likes..
Anybody for a home made sundae, or banana split while on the subject?
Posted by a.webby @ 07/30/2002 05:57 PM PST [link to this comment]

I know you go to joe's cable car, which is the place in SF to have a milk shake. be sure to get a black and white... a chocolate milkshake made of vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup... choclate ice cream makes your shake gritty.
Posted by christina @ 08/01/2002 09:04 AM PST [link to this comment]

i eta alot of poo and pee
Posted by poo @ 02/11/2003 08:33 PM PST [link to this comment]

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