If you made the milk shake at home with milk and crushed fresh fruit you'd be doing your kids a huge favour. However, gone is the old hand-shaken milk parlour effort made of a combination of milk, sugar, flavored syrup, and ice.
The creamy shake now expected is full of ice cream and has less pure milk. If you have to buy them, a recent survey rated the peach shake from the chain Chick-Fil-A (but not the rest of their shakes). If you go to Philadelphia, the milk shakes at Franklin Fountain came top in a survey of America's Best.
Before the advent of the electric blender, milkshakes were shaken (hence the name) by hand and contained a combination of milk, sugar, flavored syrup, and ice. It wasn’t until the 1930s that milkshakes became the smooth, frozen, creamy mixtures we expect today.
According to many milkshake lovers, Sonic offers the best milkshakes in town. It’s no surprise that the company that bills itself as “America’s drive-in” offers a huge spectrum of shakes from standard to slightly offbeat fare, like lemon pie and pineapple, to completely bizarre flavors you’d never think to mix up — stop in and try a chocolate jalapeño shake if you find yourself sick of plain-Jane vanilla.