McDonald’s Shamrock Shake (Copycat)

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake Copycat milkshake made easy and at home with vanilla ice cream, mint extract, whipped cream and a cherry with just a hint of St. Patrick’s Day Green!

This dish is so easy to make at home with homemade Vanilla Ice Cream and homemade Whipped Cream you’re already halfway there with this recipe!

If you’re looking for fun rainbow recipes for St. Patrick’s Day you’ll love these Rainbow Waffles, Rainbow Cupcakes, Rainbow Poke Cake and then you can make some Rainbow Roasted Vegetables to make you feel healthier.

McDonald's Shamrock Shake is the homemade version of the classic St. Patrick's day treat made with vanilla ice cream, mint extract, whipped cream and a cherry.
 Shamrock Shake Copycat Recipe

We love Shamrock Shakes as the dessert of the season and can’t wait for the limited time of year when it rolls around because it’s the start of all things St. Patricks day (and my favorite Corned Beef). This copycat recipe gets all the fun shake flavors with only a handful of ingredients you can skip the long list of ingredients you can’t pronounce, the drive-thru and the extra fast food you won’t be ordering!

This McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is all about keeping the classic flavors in check. I use classic vanilla ice cream (not vanilla bean or French) and I use mint instead of peppermint flavoring in the shake.

Mint vs. Peppermint Extract

Many of the recipes on the internet for copycat Shamrock Shakes are using peppermint extract. While that would make a delicious shake, it is not the mint-flavored flavors of the original, so if you can source mint extract (I’ve linked it for you below on Amazon) you’ll have a much more authentic minty McDonald’s Shamrock Shake experience.

If you do use peppermint extract just expect that this shake will taste something more like a candy cane shake than an authentic mint vanilla shake which is authentic to the McDonald’s experience we are making a green-hued homemade version of.

Shamrock Shake

Tips for the Perfect Minty McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes:

  • Mint Extract: Make sure you are buying “Mint” not “Peppermint” here for authentic flavors.
  • Food Coloring: The green is easy to add, start in very small doses. For this recipe you can also totally use the Food Coloring Drops (and it may be easier to add one drop at a time as needed), I just always have gel on hand.
  • Green Decorating Sugar: The perfect topper for an authentic copy!
  • Maraschino Cherries: Make sure you dry your maraschino cherries well before adding them to the shake or it will run into the whipped cream.
  • If you want to make the shake dairy free you can make it with a coconut milk ice cream and coconut whipped cream.
  • If you prefer cool whip to whipped cream you can use my Homemade Cool Whip too.
  • If you’d like to make this low-fat and lower the calorie count you can use a low calorie ice cream and less whipped cream or skip the whipped cream altogether.

Are you guys interested in any other McDonald’s copycat recipes? I do have a Slow Cooker McRib Copycat but I’m looking to make an authentic ground pork version of the McRib for you all soon too!

If you miss the other delicious Chocolate Shamrock flavors of the previous years you can find them here on the site! I made all the limited edition Shamrock drink flavors.

All The Shamrock Shakes from McDonald's made in all three minty ways they've released this year! Classic, Chocolate Shamrock Shake and Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappe.

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McDonald's Shamrock Shake

McDonald's Shamrock Shake is the homemade version of the classic St. Patrick's day treat made with vanilla ice cream, mint extract, whipped cream and a cherry. Less expensive and healthier (minus the green coloring!).
Yield 3
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

Instructions

  • Mix the ice cream, milk, extract and food coloring on high in your blender.
  • Top with whipped cream, sanding sugar and a cherry.

Nutrition

Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 370mg | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 690IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 261mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Keyword: copycat, copycat recipe, McDonald's Shamrock Shake

McDonald's Shamrock Shake is the homemade version of the classic St. Patrick's day treat made with vanilla ice cream, mint extract, whipped cream and a cherry. Less expensive and healthier (minus the green coloring!).

McDonald's Shamrock Shake is the homemade version of the classic St. Patrick's day treat made with vanilla ice cream, mint extract, whipped cream and a cherry. Less expensive and healthier (minus the green coloring!).
McDonald's Shamrock Shake is the homemade version of the classic St. Patrick's day treat made with vanilla ice cream, mint extract, whipped cream and a cherry. Less expensive and healthier (minus the green coloring!).
McDonald's Shamrock Shake is the homemade version of the classic St. Patrick's day treat made with vanilla ice cream, mint extract, whipped cream and a cherry. Less expensive and healthier (minus the green coloring!).

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. I was so excited to try it, but so disappointed that it tastes nothing like the real Shamrock Shake. I even added triple the amount of mint extract after tasting it needed more mint, but still not even close. The color was right (added more drops of that too), that was about it. I would not make this again.

  2. i gave a 5 star because i have not tried this recipe yet.
    we only have mint peppermint extract (combination of both) and im going to try that so i will let you know how it turns out! 🙂

  3. This was so yummy and easy. I could not find mint extract at my store, so I substituted 3 T creme de menthe in its place. I may have started an annual St Patrick’s Day tradition.

  4. Tried this recipe at home. Shamrock shakes are my wife’s favorite, so I surprised her with homemade ones for her birthday.
    This recipe was a good base to get the right ingredients, and it does look amazing when you’re done. However I had to actually use 3/4 teaspoon mint extract to get the right taste, and I had to use a whole tube of green gel to get the right color.

    Ended up working out well. It was a hit with my wife.

  5. This looks like the perfect treat! I don’t see the link to the awesome straws – I’m sure it missing it. The text doesn’t look hyperlinked above. Is it me?

  6. Am I the only one who can’t find the links for the mint extract or the straws that another commenter mentioned?

    1. Nevermind, I found the mint extract. Straws are gone I guess =(

      Thanks to the author for posting this, I have severe food allergies (milk, egg, soy, tomato, etc)

    2. I can’t find the mint link either. Can we have a brand name to look for ? I have found frontier. McCormick. Watkins. Hard to know which would be best especially since many are in a multi pack

      1. Oh no! Not sure what happened to the link. I used McCormick mint extract for this recipe. I hope you enjoy it!

  7. Yum…. I haven’t had a mint milkshake in forever (just can’t bring myself to get one from a fast food restaurant!). This looks so perfect!

    (And I knew I shouldn’t have clicked on that link for the straws – because I now I absolutely do need them in my life!)

    1. it didn’t say to put in 1/4 of the mint it said to put in 1/4 teaspoon did you put 1/4 the bottle in its only a fourth of a teaspoon