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Shamrock Shakes: Where the Heck Are They?

by Kim Conte on March 12, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Every year around St. Patrick's Day, I get really excited about Shamrock Shakes. Yet every year it seems like less and less McDonald's locations are offering this seasonal, green-tinged dessert.

In fact, so many people are on the search for Mickey D's Shamrock Shake that there's even a Web site devoted to tracking this elusive beverage...

If you visit Find The Shamrock Shake!, you can see a (albeit haphazard) list of all the McDonald's locations where people have spotted the shake and the date they spotted it on. The site also lists locations that do not have the drink. And if you happen to eat at a McDonald's in your neighborhood, and they are offering the shake—then please, PLEASE, I'm begging you, add the location to the site or comment below because I'm desperate to stalk them!

Unfortunately for me, it looks like there aren't too many locations in the Chicago-area offering my beloved shake. Thankfully, has a copy-cat recipe:

Copy-Cat McDonald's Shamrock Shake Recipe:

2 cups vanilla ice cream

1 1/4 cups milk

1/4 teaspoon mint extract

8 drops green food coloring

Blend all ingredients on high until smooth. Enjoy!

Someone told me that you can make a Grasshopper by adding half a Shamrock Shake to half a Chocolate Shake. I think I'd best give that a try...just for "research" purposes.

I know Shamrock Shakes are an acquired taste for some. Do you love 'em? Or do you not get what all the fuss is about?

Filed Under: desserts, food, kid-friendly, products, recipes, st patrick, traditions, trends


  • girl_...


    March 12, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    i freakin love birthday is the 28th and i have always associated these shakes with my B day which just makes me love them more

  • kates...


    March 12, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Loved them as a kid, mostly for the novelty appeal. I've tried making green shakes for my kids, though, and they won't touch 'em.

  • sun1975


    March 12, 2009 at 11:22 AM



  • julie...


    March 12, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    I love em! We're making them for a kids St. Patrick's day party for our local Cafemom playgroup.

  • Mandy...


    March 12, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    I have to encourage all of you to make your own at home.  If you had any idea the scary and extensive list of "ingredients" in those toxic green shakes you would think again.  Homemade is always better. 

  • monke...


    March 12, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    I agree that while I love Shamrock Shakes with an undying passion, I am also hesitant to eat them because now I know what goes into them, Homemade is better if not just for the peace of mind.  Also you can order any size you want and there is no snobby cashier to judge you!

  • fluud7


    March 12, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    love em! and can't find em!


  • freck...


    March 12, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    we had a mcd's sign in taylor Michigan that they are here lol ,never had one before but i love mint ice cream so i might try one someday=) 

  • michi...


    March 12, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    We've got 'em in our area in Northern Michigan, but we prefer to make them at home.  We've used that copycat recipe for a few years.  I love Recipezaar!

  • Apes4...


    March 12, 2009 at 12:09 PM
    I have never had one but out local McDs said they are OUT of the syrup. What a bummer after reading this I want to try one!!
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