Shamrock Shake

Shamrock Shake

For the past four decades, St Patrick’s Day has marked the return of an old friend, the frozen confection known as the Shamrock Shake. McDonalds first introduced the green-tinted, mint-flavored dessert back in 1970, and they have been a perennial favorite ever since. Here’s an early commercial, featuring Uncle O’ Grimacey:

In 1980, the company experimented with a Shamrock Sundae, which featured vanilla ice cream, topped with a day-glo green mint syrup. Suffice to say, it was quickly discontinued due to low sales.

Despite the fact that the Shamrock Shake has always had a loyal following, they haven’t always been available at all locations, although that appears to be changing. McDonalds recently started selling a new version of the shake, this time in a clear plastic cup, and topped with whipped cream and a cherry. But while the days of the festive white cup may be gone, at least the legions of fans can still get their seasonal fix. And if you aren’t able to hunt one of these treats down in your hometown, you might consider using this handy resource, which should help you find the nearest location that carries the Shamrock Shake.

Are you someone that looks forward to the minty goodness of a Shamrock Shake each year? Are they a cherished part of your childhood? Share your memories of these classic frozen desserts in our comments section, as we tip our hat to Uncle O’ Grimacey for a mighty fine holiday treat.

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  1. princessdiana says:

    I love Shamrock Shakes! I have printed out a recipe of it. It is my favorite McDonalds Shake.

    • I love them too–actually went to a local McDonald’s AFTER St. Patrick’s Day (late summer) and asked them if they were still making them…they said no, so I patiently waited until the following year….

      If it’s not to much to ask, how about a copy of the recipe (unless it’s secret)? If not, it’s OK. I’ll enjoy them seasonally as I have for the last 35 years!

  2. D. Strong says:

    I LOVE Shamrock shakes. Its a shame McDonald’s only has them once a year. I lived in Texas for a few years and was shocked to find out they dont serve them on St. Paddie’s out there.

  3. DL says:

    Love the Shamrock Shake & the minty flavour. Am waiting for them to come out with a Peppermint Chocolate one for the Christmas season. Yum!

  4. flaka225 says:

    i remember getting the shamrock shakes every year when I was a the 70’s..but i don’t remember them tasting like mint…they were green, yes, but i remember the ones we got tasted more like the green pistachio icecream…maybe they used a different recipe in SW Georgia…lol

  5. Emily says:

    I’ve never had one–I was never able to make it in to a McDonald’s that had them, in time for St. Patrick’s Day, except in 2008, when they ran out partway through the day. Anyway, I went vegan at the beginning of last year, so I’ll probably never get to try them, except for whatever homemade vegan versions the Internet has to offer. As for the Shamrock Sundaes, I agree, they do look pretty gross. They remind me of vanilla ice cream with mouthwash on top.

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