# Garden State Shakes

July 8, 2019

For a small state, New Jersey has a big appetite – and the food to prove it. Deep down we know Jersey makes better pizza than New York City and better cheesesteaks than Philadelphia (yes, these are fightin’ words). The Garden State’s endless farms grow delicious Jersey tomatoes, peaches and corn. Most important, though, is that this crammed state of 9 million people is the ruling Diner Capital of the World. Diners are little restaurants that serve any meal at any time of day: you can have pancakes for dinner or a burger for breakfast. At last count New Jersey had 525 diners, more diners per person than anywhere else. The question is, how many of them serve a milkshake – and where is the closest one?

Wee ones: We drink milkshakes from a glass. Find a cup or glass, hold it under a faucet, and turn on the cold water. Count to 5 and turn off the water. Did you fill the glass? Did the water run over? Dump out the water and try again, counting faster this time!

Little kids: Milkshakes are made of milk and ice cream. If you put a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the glass, then a scoop of chocolate, then vanilla, then chocolate…what flavor is the 6th scoop? Bonus: If you keep scooping like that, at 10 scoops how much chocolate have you scooped?

Big kids: Cooks at diners have to cook many kinds of food, and fast. If a cook grills 26 hamburgers and by mistake puts each one between 2 pancakes instead of using rolls, how many pancakes were used? (And do you think that would taste good?) Bonus: If it takes you 24 minutes to drive to the nearest diner to get a milkshake, and you leave at 5:38 pm, can you get there by 6:00 pm?

The sky’s the limit: If a cook can mix a milkshake in 3 minutes to sell for \$4, OR can cook a stack of pancakes in 5 minutes to sell for \$8, what should the cook make this next hour to make the most money? And can you find a shortcut to solve this?