Fancy a Milkshake Anyone?

Who doesn’t love a thick creamy milkshake? It’s certainly one of our favourite indulgences and takes us back to childhood days when it felt like a very special treat indeed. It seems that milkshakes have been popular for many generations which got us to thinking about the origins of this delicious drink; where did they come from, when were they invented, and how did they come into being?

In case you’re wondering why this post isn’t about cafe furniture, it’s because we’ve recently begun to supply benchtop and cafe equipment to complement our furniture range, and …… yes, you’ve guessed, we’ve got a special deal going right now on milk shake mixers!

Anyway, now we’ve cleared that up, let’s delve a little deeper into the history of the milkshake. Although these days it’s considered a delicious treat for all ages, you might be surprised to learn that it wasn’t always this way and they weren’t suitable for everyone.

Adults only

Milkshakes originated in 1885 in America only rather than a wholesome milk flavoured drink, they contained whisky, eggs and milk and had a similar appearance and consistency to an eggnog. In fact, they had to be mixed by hand because the hand mixer hadn’t yet been invented. So instead of the whole family enjoying a treat together, this ‘milkshake’ was instead a boozy drink and sometimes even a ‘pick me up’ for adults only.

Family friendly

This trend didn’t last too long and by the 1900’s milkshakes were made from a mixture of milk and malt flavoured with vanilla, chocolate or strawberry syrup which were suitable as a treat for the entire family.

Mainstream milkshakes

The history of the electric blender, malt milk drinks, and milkshakes are inextricably linked. Before the blender was invented ‘milkshakes’ were more like an egg nog and then in the 1900’s they were hand shaken with crushed ice, milk, sugar, and assorted flavours. In 1922 Steven Poplawski invented the electric blender and milkshakes started to be served with a frothy, whipped, and aerated consistency.

It was a Walgreen’s employee, Ivar Coulson, also known as ‘pop’ who was credited with the creation of the milkshake that we know today. As mentioned above milkshakes at that time we made from a basic mixture of milk with a spoonful of malt powder and mostly chocolate syrup poured first into a metal container and then served in a glass. Pop Coulson revolutionised the drink by adding first one scoop of vanilla ice cream to the mix and then another and hey presto the traditional milkshake was born.

In the late 1930’s the term ‘frosted’ was also used to refer to milkshakes that contained ice cream and this saw the invention of chilled coffee, which was then transformed from a hot beverage into a chilled, frosty drink containing both ice and ice cream.

Milk shake fever

Despite plunging profits in the family restaurant business, milk shake sales rose steadily by 11% in the USA in 2006. Milkshakes were also being enjoyed in other areas of the globe, including the UK and Australia. In 2015 a new cafe opened in Canberra called Patissez and created a viral meltdown with its new line of ice cream monstrosities. Containing ingredients such as marsh mallows, chocolate fudge, pecans, salty caramel, and topped with puff pastry, these were milkshakes the like of which no-one had seen before.

If you want to unleash your inner milk shake creativity and dazzle your customers, then we’re currently offering large discounts on a variety of milk shake and drink mixers, but hurry as they’re flying off our shelves.

Sometimes Smaller Is Best

When it comes to choosing cafe tables most cafe owners tend to ignore the small 600mm table in favour of its larger counterparts for the simple fact that it can seat more people. We guess the reasoning behind this decision is that more people equals more profits, but larger tables don’t always equate to this. You see, the 600mm table may be small, it may only seat two people, but it has something the larger tables don’t have and that’s versatility.

Fits awkward spaces

Few cafes have perfectly square or round dining spaces – in fact many of them have spaces which are quite irregular in shape, often with recesses and awkward corners, or narrowing down at one end. If you were to try and fill these spaces with just one size of table, say 700mm then there would be several areas where it would be impossible to fit a table in – leading to wasted space and less potential to accommodate more customers. A 600mm round table on the other hand, fits effortlessly into small recesses and awkward corners fitting in sole diners and couples and maximising your floor space so that you can seat even more people. As you know, more seats on bums means more sales and an increase in revenue – now that’s got to be a good thing, right?

Frees up larger tables

Small bistro tables such as our 600mm tables do a great job of freeing up larger tables which are intended for 4 people yet in many cases are taken by 1 or 2 people, for the simple reason there is no other choice. Most people don’t like to eat with strangers which means your table for 4 is only being used for 2 or less people a lot of the time. By mixing table sizes you have greater capacity to cater for individuals, couples, and groups, thereby increasing your turnover.

Perfect for pavement dining

Small tables are also perfect for pavement dining since they are small and compact and take up far less space than a big table. In addition, it’s easy to push 2 or more small tables together if needs be to make up a table that is large enough for a group.

Far from boring

Our small tables come in a wide variety of colours and wood patterns making them sufficiently versatile to fit into the majority of decors and themes. What’s more they can be marched with stools or chairs to create a mix of casual and more formal dining spaces. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, they’re also weatherproof, and scratch and heat resistant. Low maintenance and light enough to move around with ease, our 600mm tables deserve a place in all cafes and bistros.

Are you ready to shop 600mm tables yet?

At Cafe Furniture Brisbane we stock a wide range of 600mm tables so why not consider how they could fit into your cafe. You’ll be surprised at just how useful they really are.