Date shake

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Date shake
Place of originUnited States
Region or stateCoachella Valley
Created byRuss Nicholl
Serving temperatureCold
Main ingredientsDates, ice cream
VariationsFresh, sugar crystal

The date shake is a milkshake primarily flavored with dates. It became one of the iconic symbols of Palm Springs and surrounding desert in Southern California.[1][2]


Dates and sheep-milk were an important Arabic foodstuff for hundreds of years.[3] Dates grew well in the low California desert, but were not a widespread American food.

In 1928, Russ Nichol[4] 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.[5]


  1. ^ Stern, Jane (2009). 500 Things to Eat Before it's too Late. Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-547-05907-8.
  2. ^ Date Shakes in the Coachella Valley
  3. ^ "Arabic foods during the Middle Ages". Archived from the original on 2009-07-26. Retrieved 2009-07-26. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  4. ^ "Indio's Date With Destiny". LA Times, 4 December 1990
  5. ^ Date Shake Recipe.