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Answering The Age-Old Question: What's The Difference Between A Milkshake And A Malt?

By seank

December 20, 2016 at 12:10am

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You may be of the poor misguided persuasion that milkshakes and malts are bit, well, samey.

My friend, I'm going to stop you right there: you couldn't be more wrong. Let us educate you in the difference between the milkshake and the malt.

What even IS a malt?

The origins of the
malt lie back in 1920s America, although the exact date is
debated (presumably by people with nothing better to do). Soda jerks
figured that adding malt milk powder to their trademark shakes would have an intriguing result: the
malt was born.

Soda jerk

The effect

When malt is added
to a shake the powder gets rehydrated and, once it's blended, its
distinctive flavour is distributed throughout the drink. While
milkshakes tend to be lighter, frothier and more refreshing, the malt
is less milky, thicker and much sweeter.

thick-malt-shake

They finish
differently

We all know that pang of sorrow, the one we get at the bottom of a milkshake
only to be left sucking at froth. Malts finish differently, with much
of the malt extract settling at the bottom of the glass just begging
to be slurped up.

This is what gives the drink its “malt
personality” that distinguishes it from a shake, at least according
to rock star Jack White. Which reminds us...

empty-milkshake-glass

Jack White Prefers
Malts

The White Stripes
frontman actually has some pretty strong feelings about malts, as he
outlines on the band's official website: "One thing that
concerns me [...] is the dying art of making a chocolate malt. I have
to admit it is one of my favorite vices [...] it is the dying art
form of the malt maker/soda jerk that does bother me, I think we
should all be aware of this and help to continue this dying,
beautiful, comforting aspect of life, for our children if not for us
ourselves."

Serious words.

jack-white

While actor Daniel
Day-Lewis is a notorious milkshake hound

It's common knowledge in
Hollywood that the Oscar winner cannot be trusted around a shake of the milky variety.

i-drink-your-milkshake

When all's said
and done, malt's capacity to bring boys to the yard remains unclear

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So you'd better test both, this Saturday at our 4th of July Festival in association with Eddie Rocket's.

You know. Just to be safe.

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