Milkshakes have been around since the late 19th century, although they started as more of a cocktail than a drink for children. Over time, more sweeteners were added in, and finally ice cream was added by a Walgreen's employee who popularized this new version of the drink. When the blender was invented in 1930, milkshakes took on the more frothy texture we know and love today. Their peak point of popularity was in the 1950s, as you might associate them with old fashioned diners. Milkshakes are still evolving today, inventing new flavors all the time.
1/2 pound fresh strawberries
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 to 1 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon malted milk powder or regular powdered milk (optional)
1 pint strawberry ice cream
Hull and slice the strawberries. Sprinkle sugar on them and stir them in the vanilla. Put them in the freezer for about an hour.
Chill 2 pint glasses in the freezer.
When the strawberries are completely frozen, put them in a blender with ¾ cup of milk. Blend until the strawberries are pulverized, with no big chunks left over.
Add the malt or milk powder and blend.
Add the entire pint of ice cream, and stir it into the milk and strawberries by hand.
Pour into the chilled glasses and serve garnished with a strawberry.