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Post# 944945   6/24/2017 at 00:07 by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

What is best method for milkshake making? I seem to remember my grandparents made them in a cup with just a spoon to stir. I have a small personal blender that I tried to make them in, but it mostly just turns the ice cream into creamy milk, not really a milkshake.

Have also seen those Hamilton Beach retro milkshake makers that turn up at most antique shops and Walmart, are they best for this?

Post# 944948 , Reply# 1   6/24/2017 at 00:27 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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By the time I get the ice cream, milk, other ingredients, and make the mess it's easier for me to just go down the street to DQ or Sonic!  But when I did make them I just used my blender and I can remember my mother using a jar with one beater on the mixer to make one when we were kids.

Post# 944953 , Reply# 2   6/24/2017 at 00:41 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

The spindle-immersion type blenders made by HB and the famous machine McDonalds used to use were the best for shakes and malts.Blenders make the shake too foamy.BUT-if you like fruit additives-real fruits-the blender is better-the spindle machines don't cut up the fruits.

Post# 945013 , Reply# 3   6/24/2017 at 11:16 by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

I have added fruit to the milkshakes in my blender. The first time it worked well, the second time not so much. Maybe I'm blending too long, not sure. Mine does not have any speeds other than on/off and you hold the button down to blend or stop.

I have seen the Vita-Mix type blenders being used at Dairy Queen - they say Orange Julius Vita Mix Commercial on them.

The mixer with one beater is an interesting idea, I think I have seen some hand mixers used to have a single disc shaped attachment for milkshakes.

Post# 945015 , Reply# 4   6/24/2017 at 11:28 by foraloysius (Groningen, the Netherlands)        

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Oster has a milkshake blade for their blenders.

Post# 945055 , Reply# 5   6/24/2017 at 15:31 by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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The spindle blenders are wonderful.  You can make pancake batter, salad dressings, smooth sauces as well as the milkshake/malt standbys.   It takes longer than you might think to make a proper shake, put the cup to mix and walk away for a minute or two.  


This is an Oster commercial model.   From Jon Jetcone,  he's a wealth of knowledge on blenders.


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Post# 945059 , Reply# 6   6/24/2017 at 15:47 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
I have several

Of the old spindle kind,I also have the original Oster drink mixer which is kind oflike a blender with a cast iron base, for my money a Hamilton Beach or GE blender works great...I will have to get a Oster milkshake blade, I have about every Oster made up to the 80s.

Post# 945064 , Reply# 7   6/24/2017 at 15:58 by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

Yes, those old soda-fountain spindle blenders are great. Back in the day I think they had some that had four or six spindles.
Greg is right. They used to put the cup on there and walk away for a few minutes and let it blend.
When I was young my mother would use her Oster blender with the chrome beehive base to make us kids chocolate shakes with. It did just fine. Mom always used chocolate ice cream for her shakes with a shot or two of Fox's syrup for good measure. Those were the best chocolate shakes I ever had.

Post# 945065 , Reply# 8   6/24/2017 at 15:59 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I didn't know Oster made a milkshake blade, will have to search for one of those.....

at first, only the KitchenAid blender had to power to handle a milkshake....

of course I am more of a triple thick shake guy...for which you need a wide straw, which causes your cheeks to cave in trying to suck it up.....

my preference always goes to the VitaMix for handling this quickly....

Post# 945073 , Reply# 9   6/24/2017 at 16:10 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

A Ronson Can Do works great!

Post# 945125 , Reply# 10   6/25/2017 at 00:33 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

4-6 spindle milkshake-malt blenders-these had an induction motor in them.A large rubber wheel was mounted on the motor.The spindles had small wheels mounted on them when you pressed the mixing cup into the spindle it engaged to the wheel on the motor.since the spindle wheel was small it spun faster than the motor-mixing the drink.I forget who the maker was--but McDonalds used these machines a lot.Other places had them.They are prized today.So many "shakes" are made in the ice cream-freeze machines today-that can't match the actual ice cream,milk,flavoring that was done yesterday.

Post# 945134 , Reply# 11   6/25/2017 at 02:59 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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Post# 945169 , Reply# 12   6/25/2017 at 05:38 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
The big milkshake machines

Were called MultiMixers, Ray Kroc was a salesmen for them, that's how he met the McDonald brothers.

Post# 945174 , Reply# 13   6/25/2017 at 06:15 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

When I saw the name "Multimixer" then it came back to me.Thanks for the reminder.Read a webpage on how those blenders worked.Those would be for very heavy use with their induction motors.

Post# 945192 , Reply# 14   6/25/2017 at 08:27 by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        
The OSTER milk-shake blade

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Works just as well (for me, there will always be an exception) in making heavy bodied milkshakes as our commercial Hamilton-Bleach immersion shake/malt maker.


I like thick shakes, one of the very few foods done much better in the US than in Europe are shakes. German milk shakes are horrible.

Post# 945254 , Reply# 15   6/25/2017 at 18:01 by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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"From Jon Jetcone, he's a wealth of knowledge on blenders."

AND... They make great Whisky Sours, Daiquiris, Tom Collins, Rum Collins... and the list goes on... Just ask Jon.

Post# 945285 , Reply# 16   6/25/2017 at 22:26 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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As a kid I always made them in our Waring blendor which made great shakes. I have a vintage HB spindle blender (a white one from an old Toronto dairy bar) with numerous of the old tin cups but tbh I don't think it makes them any better, it's just easier to clean and you can drink your shake right out of the cup.  Anyone remember going to a diner and it was always best if they gave you the tin cup along with the milkshake glass so you could top it off, instead of them tossing the remainder out.   I know as a kid I'd watch for that  LOL 

Post# 945338 , Reply# 17   6/26/2017 at 00:16 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
I ordered

A Oster milkshake blade, can not WAIT to try it!

Post# 945352 , Reply# 18   6/26/2017 at 06:58 by Jmm63 (Denville, NJ)        

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The secret to any good milk shake is to add 1oz Vanilla syrup to any flavor shake you're making. (Either make your own or Fox's U-bet)  I learned that years ago working in the restaurant biz.  

Post# 945416 , Reply# 19   6/26/2017 at 17:03 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

I bet your shakes brought them all to the yard too. Your shakes were better than theirs.
Some last decade rap song our kids listened to.

Post# 945423 , Reply# 20   6/26/2017 at 17:38 by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

Anyone have a favorite recipe?  I've got a stick style unit tucked away in the cupboard have not used it in decades.  I rarely have ice cream around but but might pick some up if it ever warms up around here,  made it up to 66 today. 

Post# 945433 , Reply# 21   6/26/2017 at 18:48 by Xraytech (S.W. Pennsylvania, near Pittsb)        

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Our milkshakes were always made in moms almond Oster Imperial.
However when having ice cream treats we often had Floats made with rootbeer or ginger ale

Post# 945474 , Reply# 22   6/26/2017 at 21:57 by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

Well, I tried it again in the little blender this weekend, put in some peaches and vanilla ice cream, again it was mostly milky, not creamy. May have to try a HB or Oster unit.

As for buying shakes I personally like the milkshakes from Twistee Treat ice cream stand, but they aren't cheap! I used to like McDonald's but as mentioned above the soft serve kind aren't like the old ones and I find them to be about half cream whip and half actual milkshake. I used to really like the pumpkin ones they had and would get several when it was fall.

Post# 945505 , Reply# 23   6/27/2017 at 01:44 by gizmo (Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Au)        

In Australia we have a distinction between a milkshake and a thickshake.

Milkshakes have only one scoop of icecream, they are mainly frothy milk. Generally older folks choose them - I'm in my 50s and we were about the first of the thick shake generation growing up in the 1970s.
Thick shakes are either made with several scoops of ice cream, or made from junky soft serve.

I used to work for a restaurant that was famous for its shakes amongst other things. When you could get a milkshake for $3 in other places, ours were $6. Here's why:

5 scoops of ice cream. (#30 scoop, or about a slightly heaped soup spoon full)
2 shots of flavouring syrup (from memory each shot was 30 ml.)
3/4 cup of milk
a generous dash of cream
2 teaspoons of malt powder

Whizz in spindle milkshake mixer for several minutes.(ours were Woodson, I got good at rebuilding them with new bearings and brushes)

If the motor isn't smoking, you haven't used enough ice cream. Also the straw should stand up in the drink.

for some reason strawberry flavour whipped up more and would often overflow the mixer cup.

My own special variation was 1 shot of vanilla syrup and 2 shots of espresso coffee.
Serve in a pint glass. NO disposable take-away containers, they are the work of the Devil.

we used to have a group of women who met at our restaurant once a month after weight watchers. They would order our shakes with skim milk. I used to tell them the ingredients and say "with all that icecream and extra cream, you want skinny milk?" but they would say "yes, use skinny milk", as if a bit if skim milk had magic powers to undo the cream, icecream and flavour syrup.

Later I devised my own banana smoothie:

in a blender (mine is an old National, from before they changed their name to Panasonic) add:

I large (or 2 small) ripe banana
several scoops of icecream - 5 or 6
a dash of honey
a dash of cream
a shake of cinnamon powder
a tiny bit of cardamom powder

Whizz till the blender catches fire.
serve in pint glass.

Sadly dairy no longer agrees with me so the above is off my menu.

Enjoy it while you can.


Post# 945598 , Reply# 24   6/27/2017 at 16:20 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

I don't make them very often, but when I do, I use my Osterizer blender. It came with the special milkshake blade, but I've not used it yet.

I worked at a Steak 'n Shake the summer of '78, and they had a HB shake machine. There used to be a Johnny Rockets restaurant near one of the malls, and it had the MultiMixer machine. It closed a few years ago.

About the only restaurant that I like their shakes is Steak 'n Shake, and I almost always get the junior sized chocolate one.

Post# 945639 , Reply# 25   6/28/2017 at 00:10 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

The few times I have eaten at S&S ALWAYS ordered a chocolate milkshake!!!They were so good!!!!I ordered the large one!!also remember they gave you the mixing cup along with the shake-so you got every last bit!

Post# 945710 , Reply# 26   6/28/2017 at 10:58 by gizmo (Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Au)        

oops. forgot 2/3 cup of milk from smoothie recipe. Now that really would smoke the blender.

Post# 945842 , Reply# 27   6/29/2017 at 07:54 by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        
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