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McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is Finally Back!

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is Finally Back!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … the return of everyone’s favorite minty milkshake

It’s a toss-up which seasonal drink is more beloved: the pumpkin spice latte, or the Shamrock Shake!

There may still be piles of snow on the ground (more like mountains if you live in the New England area), and the temperatures continue to hover around freezing, but we have our first sighting of spring: the return of the beloved McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. Everyone’s favorite minty green milkshakes made their quiet return to McDonald’s menus last week in the lead-up to shamrock season, a.k.a. Paddy’s Day (or week, depending on if the holiday falls on a weekend).

The Shamrock Shake has been giving McD’s fans a boost of the luck o’ the Irish since 1970, when proceeds from the initial year of the treat, originally called the “St. Patrick’s Day Shake” went to the construction of the first Ronald McDonald house.

If you’re going to treat yourself to a Shamrock Shake, you’d better make it every once in a green moon: just one small 12-ounce shake packs 530 calories and 73 grams of sugar. You might have better luck just making your own at home.


Shamrock Shake

When St. Pat's Day rolls around one thing I always try and get is a McDonald's Shamrock Shake. The challenge is they don't sell them at every location. So, the hunt begins to get my Shamrock Shake and it wasn't till my fifth try did I find one. They did make them a little different this year but they were still very tasty.

And when I want one at home here is a recipe I came up with after searching at least a dozen faux recipes. Just in case, you have never had one this will come close to the real thing.
Also, you can check this website and see if they sell any in your area. ShamrockShake.com

I added a little history behind the famous Shamrock Shake for all to read below. It is a great story! Hope you enjoy and tell me if you love them as much as I do.


McDonald's Shamrock Shake Is Officially Back on the Menu

McDonald’s customers craving the fast food giant’s famous Shamrock Shake struck gold this week.

The popular minty green milkshake — made from McDonald’s vanilla soft serve blended with Shamrock Shake syrup and topped with whipped topping — is officially back on the menu, the company announced on Twitter, Thursday.

Shamrock Shakes have have earned an impressive cult following over the years since McDonald’s first debuted the beverage in 1970. Like the McRib, Shamrock Shakes only come to the Golden Arches for a limited time.

This year, they’ll be available in stores through March 24.

To help those thirsty for its creamy confection track them down, McDonald’s has introduced a feature on its app that tracks which locations are selling the beverage based on zip code.

The company’s good news comes days after new broke that McDonald’s would be expanding its ever-growing breakfast menu to include McCafé Donut Sticks, a new cluster of cinnamon-sugar treats.

It’s the first sweet treat McDonald’s will be offering exclusively at breakfast, the company said. The limited time product hits participating stores during morning hours beginning Feb. 20.

𠇍onut Sticks are made fresh throughout the morning, prepared in McDonald’s restaurant kitchens until hot, crispy and golden brown for a light and airy texture – never microwaved,” the company wrote in its press release. “They’re sprinkled with cinnamon sugar for a crunchy outside and soft, doughy inside, and served warm to customers.”

Sold by the half-dozen or by the dozen, the sticks are designed to perfectly pair with McDonald’s premium roast McCafé coffee. Customers can even purchase a half-dozen a small McCafé brewed coffee for a special price at participating restaurants.

“We are proud of our breakfast offerings, and excited to share new Donut Sticks with our customers,” said Linda VanGosen, McDonald’s Vice President of Menu Innovation, in a statement.

She went on to explain that the product had been tested in select Illinois restaurants back in early 2018 — and then again in October 2018 — to get it just right.

“It was critical that we perfected them before we brought them to our customers nationwide,” VanGosen wrote in her statement. “We looked at several donut shapes, tested a variety of doughs and even worked to get the amount of cinnamon sugar just right for the recipe. We are thrilled to be making breakfast at McDonald’s even more delicious by introducing Donut Sticks.”

McDonald’s has also been experimenting with other premium bakery items, like muffin toppers and coffee cakes. Back in October 2015, the company started serving all-day breakfast in many of its locations — making sure its iconic Egg McMuffins, hotcakes, and hash browns would be available to customers all the time.

The company has also recently introduced cheesy bacon fries on its regular menu.


Recipe Tips & Variations

  • We recommend using whole milk as it makes the creamiest milkshakes but if you don’t have any on hand you can use any milk.
  • Make it boozy by adding Bailey’s and swapping out mint extract for Creme de Menthe liquor.
  • Make it a Shamrock McFlurry by adding crushed Oreos and blending together.
  • Be sure to use mint extract for this recipe and not peppermint. They are both different in flavor and the mint flavor is what makes this a complete dupe McDonald’s version.


What happened to the McDonald’s Shamrock Sundae?

Have you had a McDonald&rsquos Shamrock Sundae? As McDonald&rsquos Shamrock Shake returns to the menu, one dessert food is still missing. With everyone jumping to get their first taste of that minty frozen treat, why hasn&rsquot the Shamrock Sundae ever returned to the McDonald&rsquos menu?

For over 50 years, the Shamrock Shake as delighted McDonald&rsquos fans. Originally created by Hal Rosen, the instantly successful frozen food treat has people counting the day till the limited time offering re-appears.

Over the years, McDonald&rsquos has celebrated this seasonal menu offering in various ways. From the huge 50th anniversary celebration to trying to set world records with humongous sized offerings, the Shamrock Shake always seems to make people excited.

While McDonald&rsquos decided to offer the Shamrock OREO McFlurry, it did not choose to bring back the Shamrock Sundae. In 1980, there was a limited time offering of vanilla soft serve topped with mint green Shamrock syrup. For those who enjoyed that vintage treat, the minty color and flavor seemed to put a little spring in their step.

Unfortunately, that offering hasn&rsquot come back. Given some people&rsquos preference for colorful food trends, it seems that this sundae would have many people excited. Just think of the kids who would jump for the opportunity to swirl that bright green syrup in their ice cream?

Although McDonald&rsquos would never comment about why certain menu items return or do not return, there could be a variety of reasons why this sundae isn&rsquot back on the menu. Maybe some people do not want that bright green syrup. Or, maybe the Shamrock McFlurry is just a better choice for current food trends.

As seen recently with the return of the Hi-C beverage to McDonald&rsquos menus, guests could start a Shamrock Sundae petition. Maybe if enough people ask for the seasonal treat, it could make a triumphant return next year. It could be the pot of gold that the end of the McDonald&rsquos dessert food menu.

What other McDonald’s menu items would you like to see return? Is there a McDonald’s menu item that needs to go away?


How to Make a Shamrock Shake

Now that I’ve got you craving a Shamrock Shake like CRAZY, grab your stand mixer, the luck of the Irish, and get mixing!

  1. You’re going to start by making a whipped cream base for your shake. In the bowl of a mixer with the whisk attachment, add the heavy cream and vanilla. Turn the mixer on and whisk until frothy.
  2. Then start adding the powdered sugar a little at a time. Once the cream has stiff peaks, turn the mixer off. You can set whipped cream aside for now, or pop it into the fridge ’til later.
  3. Next, add in the milk, ice cream, mint extract, and green food coloring to the blender and process until it’s all smooth and smells like minty fresh magic!
  4. Last, pour the green shakes into glasses and top with whipped cream and sprinkles.

To add some flair (and extra delicious flavor), go ahead and make your shake an Oreo shamrock shake! All you have to do is crush up some Oreo cookies and fold them into your shake after step 2. They’d call it an Oreo SHamrock McFlurry at the restaurant, I’m sure.


Shamrock Shake: The McDonald’s Treat is Back

Photo courtesy of McDonald’s Corporate

St. Patrick’s Day is on the way, and for McDonald’s, that means one thing: It’s Shamrock Shake time.

So, when is the Shamrock Shake available?

That’s that question so many people are always asking this time of year, because the shake is undeniably a seasonal favorite. The fact it’s only available a certain time of year makes it even more important to know the answer to that burning question, “When is the Shamrock Shake available?”

McDonald’s has announced that staring Feb. 15, 2021, the Shamrock Shake will be for sale for a limited time at participating U.S. restaurants. McDonald’s is also brining back its OREO Shamrock McFlurry, which debuted last year.

The Shamrock Shake offers creamy, vanilla soft serve ice cream, mixed with McDonald’s trademark minty flavor. New over the past several years is the addition of a dollop of whipped topping. (Those who don’t like the whipped topping addition can ask for it without. I always do!)

Meanwhile, the OREO Shamrock McFlurry offers creamy, vanilla soft serve vanilla ice cream with the same minty flavor. On top of that, the McFlurry packs OREO cookie pieces mixed in throughout the treat. I have yet to try the McFlurry version, but it sounds delightful.

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake history

According to the food chain, the minty shake was first fashioned in 1967 by Hal Rosen, a Connecticut McDonald’s owner and operator who created the minty shake to honor the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. It took about three years for the idea to go national, and in 1970, the shake debuted at select McDonald’s locations across the U.S.

People instantly fell in love with the shake. What’s not to like about a cool, creamy, minty ice cream treat right around St. Patrick’s Day?

According to McDonald’s, sales from the shake were so good that in 1974, they were able to use those sales to help build the first Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia. As the story goes, the daughter of a Philadelphia Eagles player was being treated for Leukemia. Combining the forces of Rosen, McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Eagles, the family raised enough funding via shake sales to help open that Ronald McDonald House with the goal to keep families near during hard times.

On St. Patrick’s Day in 2010, McDonald’s helped pour the “World’s Largest Shamrock Shake,” clocking it at a whopping 24 feet tall, into the Chicago River to celebrate a $10,000 donation to build a new Ronald McDonald House in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood.

After years of the popularity of the Shamrock Shake growing, the famed shake went nationwide for the first time in 2012.

The shake isn’t just a U.S. phenomenon, either. Our friends in Canada and Ireland both enjoy the shake. If you’re wondering, “When is the Shamrock Shake available in Canada?,” according to a tweet from McDonald’s in Canada, Canadians even get the shake sooner: on Feb. 9.

Since not every McDonald’s location offers the special shake, in 2018, the restaurant chain launched the McDonald’s Finder App featuring an official mobile directory of every Shamrock Shake-serving restaurant in the U.S. That way, nobody should have to go around town from McDonald’s to McDonald’s, searching for that perfect shake.

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Hi, there! I'm Anne Erickson, a Detroit-based radio host and journalist, sharing my stories about everything from music to recipes to lifestyle to fashion. Find me on Instagram, Twitter and more via the links below. Thank you for reading! XO


McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is back: Here’s why so many are freaking out

Huge news for fans of McDonald’s: The fast-food giant has brought back its Shamrock Shake, which hasn’t been offered in its restaurants for three years.

The iconic shake is back, as of Wednesday, to mark the 50th anniversary of its launch. And now there are two ways to enjoy the treat: One is the classic Shamrock Shake, which features vanilla soft serve, combined with Shamrock (mint) flavor and a whipped topping. The other is a new Oreo Shamrock McFlurry, which features your classic Shamrock Shake base, blended with Oreo pieces.

People are already freaking out about the news on Twitter. “I WANT IT,” one person wrote. “Yes oh yes gonna get me some shamrock,” another said.

Others have already started begging McDonald’s to keep the shake in stores year-round. “Can’t you just keep it on the menu forever please,” one wrote on Twitter. But McDonald’s made it pretty clear in the response that the limited edition nature of the treat is to keep up the hype. “Part of what makes our legendary Shamrock Shake magical is the anticipation. We’re proud to give customers feel-good moments and another reason to look forward to spring with the annual arrival of the Shamrock Shake,” the official McDonald’s Twitter account wrote.

McDonald’s is hardly the first company to use a seasonal roll-out of a product to stir up nostalgia—and sales. Starbucks, for example, releases its pumpkin-spice latte each fall for a limited time with a lot of hype. Some companies have even recently revived older products, like Planter’s Cheez Balls and General Mills’ Galactic Fruit Gushers, to great fanfare.

What’s going on here?

“Humans are very sensitive to losses, and we don’t notice we've lost something until we've enjoyed it and then it disappears,” Adam Alter, PhD, an associate professor of marketing at the NYU Stern School of Business and author of Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “This is the origin of nostalgia and longing, and a cult product that disappears and then reappears scratches the itch that arises when we've lost something we enjoyed.”

The fact that the Shamrock Shake is 50 years old also means that it’s part of many childhood memories, Gail Saltz, MD, an associate professor of psychiatry at the NY Presbyterian Hospital Weill-Cornell School of medicine and host of the upcoming “Personology” podcast from iHeart Radio, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “Childhood memories are imbued with a more magical quality and associations to fun times, carefree times and feeling nurtured,” she says. If you enjoyed the Shamrock Shake as a child, those feelings you had when you had the shake during those younger years “stay attached to the product,” Saltz says.

Companies that release a product, only to take it away, also tap into a “forbidden fruit phenomenon,” which is where people love to be able to get something that has been denied to them, licensed clinical psychologist John Mayer, PhD, author of Family Fit: Find Your Balance in Life, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “This is seductive at a very primitive level of our psyche.”

It’s even better when companies can tie this into the soothing effect of comfort foods, Mayer says. “That is a strong dynamic: These items remind us of our comfortable childhood experiences,” he says.

It can seem like McDonald’s might make more money if they just offered their Shamrock Shake all the time, but Alter says that’s not always the case. “You might assume that a company that makes its products more available will sell more of those products, but sometimes restricting supply is the best way to drive sales,” he says.

Ultimately, making products scarce is a great marketing strategy. And, Saltz says, if the Shamrock Shake was available all the time, it’s unlikely people would be as into it as they are right now. “Over time, continuing to have the shake with no associated memories could diminish the [childhood] associations,” she says. “But by taking it away, you bring it back, and it still has those memories.”

McDonald’s hasn’t shared how long the Shamrock Shake will be in restaurants but, if history is any indication, it’s likely here to stay through the end of March.


Shamrock Shake: The McDonald’s Treat is Back

Photo courtesy of McDonald’s Corporate

St. Patrick’s Day is on the way, and for McDonald’s, that means one thing: It’s Shamrock Shake time.

So, when is the Shamrock Shake available?

That’s that question so many people are always asking this time of year, because the shake is undeniably a seasonal favorite. The fact it’s only available a certain time of year makes it even more important to know the answer to that burning question, “When is the Shamrock Shake available?”

McDonald’s has announced that staring Feb. 15, 2021, the Shamrock Shake will be for sale for a limited time at participating U.S. restaurants. McDonald’s is also brining back its OREO Shamrock McFlurry, which debuted last year.

The Shamrock Shake offers creamy, vanilla soft serve ice cream, mixed with McDonald’s trademark minty flavor. New over the past several years is the addition of a dollop of whipped topping. (Those who don’t like the whipped topping addition can ask for it without. I always do!)

Meanwhile, the OREO Shamrock McFlurry offers creamy, vanilla soft serve vanilla ice cream with the same minty flavor. On top of that, the McFlurry packs OREO cookie pieces mixed in throughout the treat. I have yet to try the McFlurry version, but it sounds delightful.

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake history

According to the food chain, the minty shake was first fashioned in 1967 by Hal Rosen, a Connecticut McDonald’s owner and operator who created the minty shake to honor the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. It took about three years for the idea to go national, and in 1970, the shake debuted at select McDonald’s locations across the U.S.

People instantly fell in love with the shake. What’s not to like about a cool, creamy, minty ice cream treat right around St. Patrick’s Day?

According to McDonald’s, sales from the shake were so good that in 1974, they were able to use those sales to help build the first Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia. As the story goes, the daughter of a Philadelphia Eagles player was being treated for Leukemia. Combining the forces of Rosen, McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Eagles, the family raised enough funding via shake sales to help open that Ronald McDonald House with the goal to keep families near during hard times.

On St. Patrick’s Day in 2010, McDonald’s helped pour the “World’s Largest Shamrock Shake,” clocking it at a whopping 24 feet tall, into the Chicago River to celebrate a $10,000 donation to build a new Ronald McDonald House in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood.

After years of the popularity of the Shamrock Shake growing, the famed shake went nationwide for the first time in 2012.

The shake isn’t just a U.S. phenomenon, either. Our friends in Canada and Ireland both enjoy the shake. If you’re wondering, “When is the Shamrock Shake available in Canada?,” according to a tweet from McDonald’s in Canada, Canadians even get the shake sooner: on Feb. 9.

Since not every McDonald’s location offers the special shake, in 2018, the restaurant chain launched the McDonald’s Finder App featuring an official mobile directory of every Shamrock Shake-serving restaurant in the U.S. That way, nobody should have to go around town from McDonald’s to McDonald’s, searching for that perfect shake.

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Hi, there! I'm Anne Erickson, a Detroit-based radio host and journalist, sharing my stories about everything from music to recipes to lifestyle to fashion. Find me on Instagram, Twitter and more via the links below. Thank you for reading! XO


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