Fun Fact September 30, 2021.

Earlier this week we talked about milkshakes, in particular malted milkshakes.  Malt was created by a London pharmacist named James Horlick.  Malt is a mixture of malted barley and wheat flour.  His creation didn’t catch on in England, so he moved to the United States and joined his brother, William, in Racine Wisconsin.  In 1873, the brothers formed J & W Horlicks to manufacture their brand of infant food in nearby Chicago. Ten years later, they earned a patent for a new formula enhanced with dried milk. The company originally marketed its new product as “Diastoid”, but trademarked the name “malted milk” in 1887.  Despite its origins as a health food for infants and invalids, malted milk found unexpected markets. Explorers appreciated its lightweight, nonperishable, nourishing qualities, and they took malted milk on explorations worldwide. William Horlick became a patron of Antarctic exploration, and Admiral Richard E. Byrd named the Horlick Mountains, a mountain range in Antarctica, after him. Back in the US, people began drinking Horlick’s new beverage for enjoyment. Listen to the podcast here; https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

Fun Fact September 30, 2021.
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Fun Fact September 27, 2021.

They are cool, creamy and delicious.  We’re talking about the milkshake.  The milkshake we know today was invented in 1922 by an employee of a Chicago Walgreen’s named  Ivar “Pop” Coulson.  He was inspired to add a couple of scoops of ice cream to Malted milk and blend.  Malt was created as a supplement for infants.  The popularity of the malted milkshake spread quickly, but some folks didn’t want the malt flavoring, preferring instead to have theirs made with just milk.  Some didn’t even want their milkshake blended, so “soda hops” would simply put a couple of scoops of ice cream in milk, creating the float.  Two significant milkshake related events happened in the 1930’s; the invention of a superior blender by Fred Waring and the invention of the flexible straw by Joseph Friedman.  I have an old time milkshake maker, I think came from Newberry’s.  It still works and, now that I’m thinking about a milkshake, may get a workout tonight.  Listen to the podcast here; https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

Fun Fact September 27, 2021.
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