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 classic treat that comes out every year in February in the ramp up for St. Patrick’s Day. Over the years many have re-made the flavors in their own home-made versions without all the added ingredients that come from fast food and with all the flavor.
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 extract instead of peppermint.
I know there are a lot of recipes on the internet for this shake that are using peppermint extract. While that would make a delicious shake, it is not the 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 McDonald’s Shamrock Shake experience.
Let’s investigate the other Shamrock Shakes variations (which I also made, so check those out too!)
Chocolate Shamrock Shake: Half classic chocolate shake topped and half Shamrock Shake topped with whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle. The perfect mix of classics for a whole new flavor!
Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappe: Hands down my favorite one, this “Frappe” has a mocha-caramel shake base, with mint added in topped with more whipped cream and chocolate. The best part about this one is the flavor has much less of a sugar assault on your senses because of the mocha. This was an absolute delight to drink! And hey chocolate chips!
Now you can enjoy these McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes anytime you want. I’m all about the Frappe ones which you can find here tomorrow!
Tools Used in the Making of these McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes:
Mint Extract: Make sure you are buying “Mint” not “Peppermint” here for authentic flavors.
Gel Colors: 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: If you can source this in the store I would recommend doing that. Unless you want 74 ounces of Maraschino Cherries, I am linking more for you to see the type of Maraschino Cherries I mean.
Blender: Love my blender, we use it for smoothies 1-2 times a day (we drink smoothies non stop around here!).
Awesome Straws you can’t live without: I’m sure these are a limited time thing, don’t miss out on all the awesome unicorn rainbow amazingness.
McDonald's Shamrock Shake
- Yield: 3
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Course: Dessert
- Cuisine: American
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!).
- 3 cups vanilla ice cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/4 teaspoon mint extract not peppermint
- 9 drops food coloring
- whipped cream
- green sanding sugar
- maraschino cherries
Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.
Mix the ice cream, milk, extract and food coloring on high in your blender.
Top with whipped cream, sanding sugar and a cherry.
Yield: 3 , Amount per serving: calories
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