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Batido de Trigo ~ Cuban Wheat Milkshake

Batido de Trigo ~ Cuban Wheat Milkshake
Batido de Trigo ~ Cuban Wheat Milkshake

Batido de Trigo or Wheat Milkshake is a Cuban Drink recipe that will have your mouth doing the happy dance. Although it is delicious as is, you can top it with fudge, caramel, and a crunchy candy topping like Twix, Heath Bar, or even Reese’s Pieces. The possibilities are limitless.

Traditional Cuban wheat milkshakes are sweet afternoon treats meant to be paired with Cuban sandwiches or enjoyed with croquetas and pastelitos as a sinful snack.


Batido de Trigo ~ Wheat Milkshake

A creamy milkshake made with sweetened condensed milk, whole milk, and puffed wheat cereal.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Cuban
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 480kcal
Author Mike Gonzalez


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 tbsp sugar or more to taste
  • 1 cup puffed wheat cereal
  • ½ cup crushed ice


  • To a high-speed blender, add milk, sweetened condensed milk, sugar, puffed wheat cereal, salt, and ice.
  • Blend until smooth. Serve and enjoy!



Calories: 480kcal

History of the Milkshake

When the term “milkshake” was first used in print in 1885, milkshakes were an alcoholic whiskey drink that has been described as a “sturdy, healthful eggnog type of drink, with eggs, whiskey, etc., served as a tonic as well as a treat”. However, by 1900, the term referred to “wholesome drinks made with chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla syrups.”

By the “early 1900s people were asking for the new treat, often with ice cream.” By the 1930s, milkshakes were a popular drink at malt shops, which were the typical soda fountain of the period … used by students as a meeting place or hangout.

The use of malted milk powder in milkshakes was popularized in the US by the Chicago drugstore chain Walgreens. Malted milk powder — a mixture of evaporated milk, malted barley, and wheat flour – had been invented by William Horlick in 1897 for use as an easily digested restorative health drink for disabled people and children, and as an infant’s food.

Starting in 2019, throwing milkshakes at politicians—milkshaking—has become a common protest tactic in some countries.



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