The small town of Seligman, Arizona, while overlooked for a while after Interstate 40 opened a few miles south in 1978 and caused traffic to bypass it, has long been a major claim to fame: cutting-edge kitsch, which is among the cities of Flagstaff. and Kingman, has been designated the “Birthplace of Historic Route 66,” thanks to the efforts of its residents to preserve the historic two-lane road along which it is located.
Now the town with retro charm also has a big new claim to fame: it’s home to the ice cream parlor that just broke the Guinness World Record for the “largest display of milkshake varieties.”
Of course, the shakes went way beyond your basic chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. Flavors included creative scratchers such as “Oreo, Rice, Banana, Hot Dog,” “Orange, Bacon, Root Beer, Sweet Potato Fry,” and “Hot Fudge, Onion Ring, Pineapple, Cheese,” to name three.
Do you think they sound awful? Some who tried them beg to differ.
“My hot fudge, Oreo, bacon, hot dog shake was awesome!” a person apparently available for the record told doubters on Facebook.
“My pineapple sweet potato smoothie was different,” another attendee diplomatically shared.
Of course, not everyone was impressed. “I enjoyed the event… glad I went… but I’ll never have ketchup or chips in a milkshake again,” wrote another bold smoothie counter.
Cecilia Alvarado, who co-owns Delgadillo’s Snow Cap with her brother, John Michael Delgadillo, said her goal to break the record was personal.
“My dad built the Snow Cap in 1953,” Alvarado tells Food Network. He added that his parents, Juan and Mary Delgadillo, ran the business for decades. Juan, known for his wry sense of humor, died in 2004, followed by Mary, as well as Cecilia’s older brother Bob in 2007. “My brother and I, along with other family members, are trying to keep my father’s dream and legend alive.”
If there was a sweeter record of tribute to a father’s memory, Cecilia and John would have nailed it too.