Shamrock Shake goes national and Bacon Shake arrives

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McDonald's Shamrock Shake will be available throughout the U.S. this year and Jack in the Box counters that with its latest dessert, the Bacon Shake.

Milkshake news is big today and both new entries in the fast food milkshake market are available no matter where you live in the United States.

The Shamrock Shake has taken on a bit of a cult status due to its limited sales around St. Patrick's Day but also because the shake was not sold in all McDonald's franchises. The fast food giant has teased America with its presence for more than 40 years.

CNN reported on the Illinois company's decision to expand its reach. McDonald's spokesperson Allison Yingling confirmed that each one of the 14,000 locations in the country are stocked with the ingredients to serve the Shamrock Shake starting right now.

The other news about the mint green ice cream treat is that its mascot has been replaced. Say so long to Uncle O'Grimacey, who used to appear in the advertising. Ms. Yingling did not elaborate on whether there is a replacement but confirmed the demise of the Uncle O'Gimacey character and the jingle he sang.

Business at McDonald's continues to rise and their latest quarterly report had more good news for the company. Profits rose 15% last quarter on a sales increase of 4.5% in the U.S. and almost 6% in Europe.

Over at Jack in the Box they proudly debuted their latest milkshake product. The Bacon Shake is being sold for a limited period of time and only in select markets in the country.

Introduced last week, February 2 the Bacon Shake does not contain any real bacon. Instead, there is a bacon flavored syrup added to the Jack in the Box vanilla milkshake.

A bonus of making it in this fashion is that those who crave bacon but can't eat it, for health reasons or choose not to eat it as a personal choice, can get the bacon flavor they have missed.

Neither milkshake treat is easy on the calories or fat and carb gram content. The Bacon Shake in the regular 16 ounces size weighs in at more than 700 calories, 28 grams of saturated fat, 2 grams of trans fat and 75 grams of sugar.

Jack in the Box announced today that just in time for the Christian period of Lent, it has introduced the Fish Sandwich Combo at a special price as well as the sale of a Fish N' Chips meal that includes a small order of fries.

The fish sandwich is made with two lightly battered fillets of Alaskan Pollock topped with lettuce and tartar sauce on a sesame seed bun. The $2.99 Fish Sandwich Combo also includes a small order of fries and small fountain drink.

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons/Rob LaRosa

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