September 12 – National Video Game and Chocolate Milkshake Day

Add some nostalgia to your day by gaming with a chocolate milkshake – or play a chocolate milkshake inspired game or DLC! Milkshake games like Papa’s Freezeria or Minko’s Milkshake Shoppe could combine both elements perfectly or add some milkshake-inspired content to some of your favorite games. With a number of mods available now, it isn’t that difficult to find – even the widely popular game, Fallout 4, has a mod that adds the milkshake recipe to the cooking station. Each milkshake gives 10 HP and fortifies a different SPECIAL attribute depending on flavor.

Just because this day isn’t a public holiday doesn’t mean to say that you can’t grab a chocolate milkshake and head to the arcade with some childhood friends – or make one at home while you lounge on your couch. Here’s a recipe to make one large or two small ones right at home:

Ingredients:

  • Milk – ¼ cup for thinner shakes up to 1 cup for a thicker shake
  • Two big scoops of vanilla or chocolate frozen yogurt or ice cream
  • A few blocks of chocolate or 2 Tsp chocolate syrup – optional unless using vanilla flavor
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Method:

Combine the ingredients into your blender or stainless steel bowl.

Add any other chocolate ingredients you may have such as softened chocolate squares, syrup or cocoa powder.

Blend or whisk together until smooth.

Taste your creation before serving it into cold glasses – add more milk to thin it out or more cream or ice cream to thicken it.

Add any toppings you would want such as whipped cream or chocolate shavings.

Tips:

  • Place the glass you’ll use in the freezer for a few minutes to keep your drink extra frosty for longer.
  • Leave your ice cream out to soften a little bit. This creates a fuller texture and doesn’t leave little flakes of ice in your ice cream.
  • Thicker milkshakes are best with whole milk while healthier milkshakes use low fat or skimmed milk.

Did you know?

  • Originally served in bars, if consumers enjoyed their iced drink, he or she would shake hands with the bartender – which is how the word, “Milkshake” got it’s name.
  • The world’s largest milkshake was made in 2000 at 6,000 gallons by Ira Freehof. It was about the size of 50,000 normal milkshake sizes put together – which isn’t even close to the amount you’d need to fill your Olympic-sized pool which needs 3,000,000 average glasses to shake off.
  • 60% of all Americans ages six and up, or about 145 million people, play computer and video games. The average age of a gamer is 28 years old. And the percentage of people who game while drinking milkshakes is 100% – at least, according to my research… where I was the test subject…
  • Set by a Japanese gamer, Toshuyuki Takahashi, the fastest time to press a button on a controller is 16 times per second!
  • The popular Pokemon games were inspired by Satoshi Tajiri’s observations as a boy when he saw caterpillars turn into butterflies.
  • The first game to reach space in it’s physical form was ironically StarCraft (a game set in space) when it was taken by Daniel T. Barry on the Discovery for Shuttle mission STS-96 .

While gaming has come a long way from computers back then that calculators now could beat, milkshakes have at least made it out of the bar. Putting aside our console wars, maybe this is a day all gamers could unite, for the common good, of drinking chocolate milkshakes and relishing their love of video games.


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