Well, Valentine’s Day is officially over. It is time to move on to the next holiday, St. Patricks’s Day. When you think of St. Patrick’s Day what is the first food or drink that comes to mind? Corned beef? No. Guinness? No. Shamrock shakes? Yes! I have no research to back this up but I think that McDonald’s shamrock shakes have to be the most popular St. Patrick’s Day food out there. I do not know if shamrock shakes are a U.S. thing or if they are international. So, in case you are not familiar with the Shamrock Shake, they are mint flavored shakes with green food coloring available only during the months of February and March. They are a pretty big deal!
Cliff likes his shamrock shakes half chocolate shake half shamrock shake. Kelly likes to add thin mint Girl Scout cookies to her shamrock shakes. People tend to get pretty excited about shamrock shakes. Every year there are multiple people on my Facebook page announcing the arrival of shamrock shakes. I think the fact that they are only available for a limited time makes them even more popular. I used to really love shamrock shakes, but then McDonald’s started that whole triple thick shake recipe and I haven’t had one since. Fortunately, I can make them at home just the way I like them. And you can too! These taste just as good as McDonald’s but take less time to make then waiting at the drive-thru!
5 cups vanilla bean ice cream
2 cups milk
2 drops green food coloring
3-4 drops mint extract
crushed thin mints
Add the ice cream, milk, food coloring, and mint extract to a blender. Blend until smooth. Add milk or ice cream to reach desired thickness. Garnish with whipped cream and crushed thin mints.
Source: Inspired by McDonald’s