Recently I decided to find out where smoothies came from, and learned that people have been drinking juice or mashed-up fruit for many, many centuries.
But here in the United States, blenders didn’t come around until the 1920s. A Polish-American named Stephen Poplawski invented them and sold them to drugstores for making milkshakes, which went well for him, as Americans drank a lot of milkshakes in those days. But behind the mainstream, there was a group of people concerned about health who used the blenders to make juice and fruit-yogurt purees instead.
That healthier take on the shake spread in the ‘70s thanks to another Steven, who you’d know better as Smoothie King. My town was too small to host a Smoothie King, but the St. Louis kids an hour away had ‘em.