I first realized the goodness that is a Shamrock Shake from a co-worker. We didn’t have them back home in South Carolina and when my co-worker said he was heading out to get one my ears perked up. Thankfully, he brought one back for me to try. I was hooked! Every year around this time I would drive by and see if our local McDonald’s has the sign out advertising them. I don’t eat there so I don’t want to go through the drive-thru for nothing. This year, I’m making it at home. The funny thing is I still waited for March to roll around before I made one at home. It just wouldn’t be right. The Irish girl in me will have corned beef and cabbage more than just once a year, but a Shamrock Shake must be saved for St.Patty’s day 🙂

Here’s a very easy way to enjoy one at home. It makes two, so you can treat yourself to both since you know you really want to! Clean up the blender and no one will ever know!

McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes


  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1/4 teaspoon MINT extract (not peppermint)
  • 8 drops green food coloring

Add all of the ingredients into a blender. Mix all of the ingredients on high speed until smooth. Stop blender, stir and blend again, if necessary to combine ingredients. Makes 2 − 12 oz. shakes.

Source: Insider’s Recipes Master Edition Cookbook

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