An Ode to the McDonald's Shamrock Shake (VIDEO)

Shamrock ShakeOh Shamrock Shake, how I adore thee. Seeing your minty green color back at McDonald's makes me all giddy. Your peppermint taste makes my heart beat with a passionate fury. I appreciate your McCafe goodness so much more than the M&M's McFlurry.

At last you've been spotted at stores nationwide. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, you make your big 2012 debut and we excitedly buy! A cult following you've found (they even have their own website!). It's crazy to think such an inexpensive thing (only about $2.29 for a small) brings so much delight!

I don't know if it's possible to find something wrong with you, my friend. Your perfect mixture of vanilla and mint is so enjoyable, can I get an AMEN!? Though, there is one little thing that gives me the worries. I'll give you a hint -- it has EVERYTHING to do with your high amount of calories.


... Okay, enough with the rhyming. Yes, I'm clearly uber pumped that the shake is back in stores. How could I not be? It's so minty, gosh darn delicious, and the perfect St. Patty's Day treat! However, I was a little intimidated when I walked into my local McDonald's earlier today and saw that a Shamrock Shake ranks in at a whopping 540 calories in a SMALL! Wowza! I feel fatter just KNOWING that!

While I'm a health foodie at heart, I've got to be honest: I don't think that the high-calorie tag here is going to keep me away from this seasonal delectable gem. It's so totally worth it.

Craving a shake but don't have time to make it to your local McD's? Don't sweat it. In the meantime, try out this fabulous copycat recipe at home and get in the mood with this chuckle-worthy McDonald's ad for the shake circa 1983:

Are you a fan of the Shamrock Shake? What's your favorite thing to order at McDonald's?


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