Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A (Hassle-Free) Shamrock Shake

I’m forgoing one of my long-standing St. Patrick’s Day traditions this year. I’m no longer going to spent countless hours searching for a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. A Shamrock Shake is a green, mint-flavored milk shake offered only at select McDonald’s each year. Which McDonald’s carry it? That’s the million-dollar question. Sadly, I spent three years trying to answer that question myself. (I did a quick internet search and learned that McDonald’s restaurants in Ireland always carry the shake. And I also learned that there’s a website dedicated to bringing back the shake, so apparently I’m not the only one with a thing for it.) Instead, this year, I’m making my own Shamrock Shake, thanks to my friend Kristy. She forwarded me this easy recipe that turned out to be delicious! (Thanks again, Kristy!) In case you can’t access the link, the recipe is: 2 cups vanilla ice cream 1 cup milk ¼ teaspoon mint extract [I accidentally added a bit more, and it still turned out ok.] 4 - 6 drops of food coloring (optional) Mix it all in the blender.

I think it almost tasted better than the real thing because it wasn’t overly rich and still had a nice flavor. Husband, who has never had a real McDonald’s Shamrock Shake, thought it was tasty and wanted seconds.

I know I'll make it again. (I might even sprinkle crumbled Thin Mints on top, even though I risk self-destructing from such a sweet combination.)

I definitely recommend the recipe, where you can enjoy the same shake for probably half the calories and none of the frustration.

7 comments:

Lindsey said...

Yummy!!!

Jenna said...

Wow, I've never heard of it, but it sounds right up my husbands alley! I'll have to make it!

southeastcountrywife said...

yay! i'm so glad this worked for you. consider it a thank you for the m&m's! :) :)

Allison said...

That sounds really good. I never even knew McDonald's had a shamrock shake. That'll be fun to make at home, though.

Kel said...

interesting, but chic-fil-a had a mint flavored shake (don't know if they still do) but my all time fav is Baskin Robins mint chocolate chip shake...yummy!

I'll have to give this one a try too!
~k

Megan said...

Oh yum. That looks amazing.

Crazy Daisy said...

my husband LOVEs this shake. I will totally be trying the recipe!