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McDonald's Shamrock Shake

In Praise of McDonald's Shamrock Shakes

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I hope you've found a special way to celebrate, whether it's wearing green, downing corned beef, or plotting your nighttime revelry. Me? I'm ringing in March 17 with a Shamrock Shake. We took an office trip to the McDonald's across the street to get our fix of the seasonal St. Paddy's Day-themed drink. I'm not always one for festive-colored food, but the creme de menthe-colored drink was the emerald oasis in my daily grind of a desert. It's chilly, but not cold enough for a brain freeze, and as thick as possible without causing a traffic jam in the straw. First, my palate was hit by a blast of mellow mint, followed by a long, lingering vanilla finish. Sham-shakes have only one caveat: they tend to leave an unpleasant sugary coating in the mouth. (That, and the fact that I wish Uncle O'Grimacey were still around.) If they weren't sold but once a year, I doubt they'd achieve the cult status they have today — although they sure make St. Patrick's Day more delicious. How do you feel about Shamrock Shakes?

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bcoffeen bcoffeen 5 years
Yeah, I tried to get one yesterday, but the big McDonald's close to my work did not have it :(. The cashier didn't know what I was talking about either. Shamrock Shake, I'll try to see you next year!
darc5204 darc5204 5 years
I could happily avoid mcdonalds forever, but I do have a soft spot for shamrock shakes. I won't go out of the way for one, but if the opportunity presents itself...
SugarCat SugarCat 5 years
I got my fix yesterday. :)
Italia_Girl Italia_Girl 5 years
I went to THREE different McDonald's today and they were all sold out! Bummer :(
jenschu18 jenschu18 5 years
Shamrock Shakes have been my favorite since my mom brided me with one at the age of 4 when getting my ears pierced. I live in the mid-atlantic and are always here around that time. LOVE THEM. have had 2 already this year
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 5 years
Shamrock Shake=creamy minty goodness! Even better with creme de menthe added. :drool:
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 5 years
The local McDonalds where I used to live often seemed to have their shake machines conveniently "break" in March and not be "fixed" until April. :( I sense a conspiracy! LOL ;)
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I do not like McDonald's shakes at all. After having to clean the milkshake machines when I worked there in high school, I can't bring myself to drink them anymore.
RVASarah RVASarah 5 years
I think because of their cult status, they are just THAT much more deliciously sinful.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 5 years
I've never had one but they sound good.
Food Food 5 years
hex913, I *think* that they might serve Shamrock Shakes through March!
hex913 hex913 5 years
I love Shamrock shakes! But I always forget about the until someone mentions it on March 17, and by the time I get around to a McDonald's to get one they've usually run out or the machine is broken :(.
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