|Place of origin||United States|
|Region or state||Coachella Valley|
|Created by||Russ Nicholl|
|Main ingredients||Dates, ice cream|
|Variations||Fresh, sugar crystal|
In 1928, Russ Nichol and his family built a roadside shack near Thermal, California. A few years later, this shack was expanded and named Valerie Jean after Russ' daughter. With electricity and refrigeration, the Nichols were able to offer the malt and milkshake combinations blended with their supply of dates.
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