Mar 5, 2010

Shamrock Shake Re-do.

When I was a child we waited all year for the month of March.
Not because we wanted to get busy in the garden.
Not because it was time for Spring Break.
We longed for March because March is the month of the Shamrock Shake!
All McDonalds restaurants served Shamrock Shakes during the month of March.
It was green.
It was minty.
It was refreshing.
Its kinda like a Thin Mint Girl Scout cookie. except, its cold, green and you can suck it through a straw!!
Whats NOT to love???

I'm not usually a fan of mint drinks.
But I just have to have a Shamrock Shake every March!
Did you know that I have not had a Shamrock Shake in almost 10 years????
I know!! It's almost unbelievable!!
Well, it turns out that very few McDonalds in Texas carry it!
This year, I was bound and determined to find one.
I called more than 45 Houston area McDonalds to no avail.
Most of the employees who answered my phone call didn't even know what a Shamrock Shake was!!

I even called the McDonalds cooperate headquarters!
I mean.. they have to know who they shipped the Shamrock Shake stuff to right?
They couldn't tell me!

Whats a girl to do?
Make her own Shamrock Shake thats what!!

Dana's Shamrock Shake copy-cat!

Not too shabby, if I do say so myself!

Yum, slurp, groan!
By George!! I think I got it!!

Dana's "I don't need no stinkin McDonalds!"
Shamrock Shake

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/4 - 1/2 Teaspoon Mint extract
  • 9 drops green food coloring
Optional pretty stuff
  • chocolate syrup (optional glass decoration)
  • whipped cream (optional topping)
  • green sugar (optional decoration)
  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth and yummy.
  2. drizzle some chocolate syrup around your glass.
  3. Pour Shamrock Shake into the glass.
  4. top with whipped cream and green sugar.
  5. ENJOY!!
Happy St Patrick's Day!!

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  1. Dana, I saw this recipe posted at Tasty Kitchen and got such a kick out of it!

    First off, like you, I remember growing up on the McD's Shamrock Shakes and loving them. And I ALWAYS look forward to them every year when March rolls around. I'm sorry to tell you that in New York we do have these at every McDonald's. I think there would be a boycott of the food chain in this area if they every did away with them. And this year, those shakes arrived early in February. I took my oldest son there two weeks ago to get one for the first time, and he has begged me every other day to take him back for another.

    So seeing your recipe made me smile. I wouldn't feel too bad about them not being available in your area. As good as McD's makes them, yours look so much better. And the chocolate puts them over the top. I'm definitely trying these out. I'm a mint and chocolate freak!

    1. I just had a friend recommend this twist on McD's Shamrock Shakes... Order one, but ask them to put a pump of hot fudge in it... GREAT idea!

  2. Hungry...Huuungry...Huuunngryyyy....

  3. I am so making this sometime this week. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. If you ask me, this looks better than any ole' Mickey D's shamrock shake any day!

  5. I sooooo want to make it, yummy!

  6. Hey Dana,
    Loved the post. I live in Flowery Branch, Georgia now. I wanted you to know that the McD's by my house has the Shamrock Shake. The other day I went through the drive through....I asked for a shake and they told me they didnt have them. I got up there to pay and the lady said, "Sorry, we do have them I just never heard of them!" I asked her what they put in the shake and she then said I don't know....we just sell them in March!!!!! I just said....ooooooohhhh! Some people just are not tooo bright......
    Raechell "Shelly Murray" Page
    your friend from Trinity

  7. Oh my goodness! This looks fantastic. I'm totally addicted to McD's Shamrock Shakes and can't wait for each March to come around so I can get one (or two or three). I'm totally trying this recipe out, I'm sure it's a wee bit healthier than the "real thing"

    * I'm so excited about finding this...I'm making a link on my blog to you! *

  8. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! You just made my day!

  9. Countrymouse in FL :)March 9, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    I made this yesterday and OMG it was so
    yummmmmmmmmmmy!!!! Thank you Dana, again you show life in my kitchen! :)

  10. OOh, we have those here in PA, but when I moved to NC for 3 years because my husband was in the Army I had a terrifying experience.

    It was March, our first in NC... closing in on St. Paddy's Day. We packed our family into the car and drove to the nearest McDonalds. I excitedly rolled down the window, and shouted to the order-taker that we needed two Shamrock Shakes.

    The order-taker said, "A What? A Vanilla Shake?"

    I said, "No. Shamrock shakes! Two of them!"

    "What's a Shamrock Shake?"

    *SHRIEK* *PINCH SELF* This must be a nightmare.

    They don't have them there.

    I can happily say that I am back in PA and enjoy several shamrock shakes every Feb-March... however, with this recipe, I can have them year round!

    Look out, plus sizes, here I come!
    Can't wait to try it! Thank you!

  11. Add green Creme de Menthe and vodka then you don't have to share with the kids!

  12. It didn't work for me. It was way too minty. I tried to use more ice cream and milk, but it still had an aftertaste. My brother thought I made it with toothpaste. Does mint go bad?

  13. I have friends in Michigan who told me they got a Shamrock shake so I went to McDonald's in Arizona... And they didn't have them!! I asked the girl working when they might start selling them again, and she said JULY! She must be confused... I can't wait until July! Thank goodness I found this post!

  14. Saw this on Pinterst and it looked so yummy I had to come check it out :) Looks wonderful.

  15. I thought they tasted great! I doubled the recipe and it served 3 people a tall 16 oz glass. It does have a strong mint taste, but that's what we liked about it. The chocolate syrup in the glass made it even better! It was a tad bit on the thin side, I think next time I will add a little more ice cream. But you can't beat it with a big dollop of fresh whipped cream!

  16. We are excited to try this! Just made it an put it back in the freezer for a little bit because it got warm too quick. I wouldn't suggest putting that much milk in. It is too thin and watery. I had to double the amount of ice cream to make it even close to as thick as McDs. We will see how it tastes in a few!

  17. bless you for posting this! there is a drought of shamrock shakes in north carolina as well...ridiculous! i know what i'm doing tonight!


  19. I had my first Shamrock Shake ever! Had it at McDonald's and I was disappointed. Too sweet and no minty flavor. Tasted like vanilla ice cream colored green. That will be my last McD Shamrock shake.

  20. No shamrock shakes in TX?!?! I feel your pain though. I've lived in NY & VA and have yet to taste one. I plan to post about my experience with this for my St Patty's Day post. Would you mind if I shared your recipe with my readers?

  21. Conni,
    Sure you can use my recipe!
    Be warned tho! Shamrock Shakea are nationwide again, I went and got one and it was NOTHING like they were when I was a kid! :(

  22. Thanks Dana, I will put a link up to your blog and I was thinking this would be more St.Patty's with a little Bailey's mixed in!

  23. Just stopping by to let you know that I've featured your craft on Family Fun Crafts! You can see it here:

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  24. I too had a problem with consistency added some ice made it a little thick but mostly just added ice chips blended so I think adding more ice cream might be the answer. What kind of milk and brand of ice cream did you use. P.S. I,m in NC at Camp Lejeune and we have shamrock shakes here but nothing beats homemade thank you for your creation

  25. I think it is so great that you discovered a recipe for a special childhood sweet memory. I would suggest blending in some spinach rather than using green food coloring. I promise the sweetness of the ice cream (or frozen yogurt) will mask the "vegginess"

  26. Looks good. But another idea, and this would be good for the people that said it was too minty from the mint extract (and this is even cheaper and easier) instead of vanilla ice cream, add mint ice cream! That would be a mint milkshake!

  27. South Carolina or my part anyway does not have thes shakes either. And at Christmas, I used to get the Eggnog Shakes. Not here either. I have to go to Georgia near Statesville to get a Shamrock Shake. I can't wait to make thes in triple and freeze. I will be adding the Bling (vodka).. Carol

  28. Crazy question, but WHERE did you get those amazing giant glasses? They look like the ones they use at Oberweis, and I would LOVE some :)

  29. I loved Shamrock shakes and when I worked in McD's in college, we would mix half chocolate and half shamrock -so your chocolate on the glass really caught my eye

  30. Hi,
    Just wanted to let you know I am sharing your wonderful post in my 100 Something Green St. Patricks Day RoundUp with a link back to your original post plus pinned to my St. Patricks Day Board! Have a terrific weekend!
    Cathy from

  31. Your shake look so much better than the ones from McDonald's! I can't wait to try it!! I would love if you would share this at my Get Your Blarney On! linky party. It's all about celebrating St. Patrick's Day!
    Hope to see you there!


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