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.