Since 1970, McDonald’s has been ringing in St. Patrick’s Day with its Shamrock Shakes. This mint-flavored, vanilla-soft-serve-based drinkable dessert comes with whipped topping and a cherry on top. We love how the Shamrock Shake delivers all the cool, minty, creaminess of old-school Butter Mints, except you can shamelessly pair it with a burgers and fries.
Fun fact: Baby Boomers might remember that the first Shamrock Shakes were actually lemon-lime-flavored—a concoction made with vanilla soft serve and lemon-lime sherbet. By 1973, McDonald’s decided to do away with the lemon-lime, leaving an emerald-hued vanilla shake for the next decade to enjoy. Missing the classic flavor? Try these lemon-lime desserts.
How to Make a Copycat McDonald’s Shamrock Shake
- 3 tablespoons creme de menthe or 3 tablespoons 2% milk plus a dash of peppermint extract
- 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 cups vanilla ice cream
- 7 Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies
- Green food coloring, optional
Place all ingredients in a blender in order listed; cover and process until blended. Serve immediately. Yield: 2 servings.
How to Track Down the Real Shake
Depending on where you are, the Shamrock Shake can be as hard to find as a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Luckily, McDonald’s rolled out its brand new, free tie-in smartphone app to help fans of the Shamrock Shake locate restaurants that serve up the sweet treat. It’s called the “Shamrock Shake Finder” and is available for iOS and Android phones.