Shake Month

When we think of shakes, we think of summer and enjoying them while the heat of July and August is raging on. Yet, someone has inexplicably made September Shake Month. We’re not sure why, but we’ll go ahead and say that we are still going to look forward to ordering a shake or two during this month.

What type of shake will we enjoy? We’re not sure since there are so many available, from the classics such as chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry to the more exotic shakes like coffee, peach, or peppermint. We’ll probably order the one that strikes our fancy at the time, and we encourage anyone else observing this holiday to do the same.

The History of Shake Month

Although the term “milkshake” was first used during the 19th century, it didn’t describe the dessert that we know today. Milkshakes of the late 1800s were made with eggs, whiskey, and other ingredients, and were more like eggnog drinks than ice cream milkshakes.

The modern milkshake wouldn’t be invented until the 1920s. This was when Ivar “Pop” Coulson added two scoops of ice cream to a malted milk drink and blended it while working at Walgreens. This created the first milkshake, and the dessert soon became a favorite of many customers walking into that particular Walgreens.

Over time, other soda fountains began to make their own versions of the milkshake — often with different flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry. During the 1930s and 1940s, the milkshake would become especially popular and would become a popular treat after World War II ended. That’s why milkshakes are often still associated with 1950s culture.

Unfortunately, we’re currently unsure of who invented Shake Month. It’s probably associated with a particular restaurant’s advertising campaign to sell more shakes, but we can’t find out who exactly invented it. We’ll continue to try to research the origins of this holiday month, however, and if we do find its origins, we’ll update this section to reflect that new information.

Observing Shake Month

Observing Shake Month is as easy as enjoying a favorite milkshake. According to research, most people like vanilla milkshakes the best, but chocolate, banana, strawberry, coffee, and Oreo milkshakes are also extremely popular.

And of course, there are a number of exotic milkshakes that people can enjoy with flavors such as peanut butter, orange Creamsicle, and shamrock shakes. No matter what type of milkshake a person enjoys, they should do the world a favor and let them know about it by using the hashtag #ShakeMonth online.

When is it?
This year (2024)
September 1 Sunday
Next year (2025)
September 1 Monday
Last year (2023)
September 1 Friday
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