McDonald's Shamrock Shake is Back for Saint Patrick's Day 2013

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After a year of waiting for this minty delight McDonald's Shamrock Shake is back in time for Saint Patrick's Day.

McDonald's offers various seasonal pleasures such as the minty green Shamrock Shake for Saint Patrick's Day. Customers can now get this treat for a limited time only at participating locations. There are also recipes to make this yummy delight at home.

The Shamrock Shake 2013 at McDonald's

Saint Patrick's Day is a time for wearing green and celebrating Irish heritage. Even people who are not Irish, feel a wee bit Irish on this festive day. The food is tasty and the fun continues from the daytime into the evening. Besides the famed parades, McDonald's Shamrock Shake is a traditional way to celebrate the arrival of St. Patrick's Day in March. Somehow St. Patrick's Day would not be the same unless you had this seasonal beverage just once.

The Shamrock Shake is back for a limited time only at McDonald's. For a year customers have been looking forward to this minty green shake topped with whipped cream and a cherry. The Shamrock Shake was originally introduced in 1970. The shake originated from a family recipe. These popular shakes were sold throughout the United States and Canada through the early 1990's. Recently due to popular demand, McDonald's brought the Shamrock Shake back. The shake is sold in the United States, Canada and Ireland in February and March.

In the 1980's, McDonald's used a character called Uncle O'Grimacey to market the Shamrock Shake. For just a year in the 1980's, they introduced the Shamrock Sundae. It was vanilla ice cream with a mint green syrup but the sales were not strong. Now a modern promotion for the Shamrock Shake is to pick your own pixel and create a tile for this minty beverage. Fans can also share it on Facebook to announce their love for McCafe's Shamrock Shake.

Making a Shamrock Shake at Home

While it won't be quite the same at the beloved Shamrock Shake at McDonald's, people can also recreate this all-time favorite at home. SheKnows shares a recipe that is deemed to be remarkably close the the actual McCafe Shamrock Shake.

Emerald mint milkshake recipe
Makes 3 servings


1 pint (2 cups) vanilla ice cream
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Peppermint Extract
1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Green Food Color
Whipped cream and green sprinkles (optional)


1. Place ice cream, milk, peppermint extract and green food color in blender; cover. Blend on high speed until smooth.
2. Pour into glasses. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles, if desired. Serve immediately.

To make it even more authentic, you can top it off with a cherry. This is also a great solution if you can't get to McDonald's and have a craving for a Shamrock Shake. For those who are watching their weight, a 16 ounce serving of McDonald's Shamrock Shake contains 550 calories, 13 grams of fat and 82 grams of sugar.

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