I do believe I’m one of the first people to ever try a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. I grew up in East Hartford Connecticut and my Dad loved mint, everything mint. As a little girl going to McDonald’s was a treat, not an every day occurrence. Until we were ten we were not allowed to drink pop or soda so my parents ordered shakes for us at McDonald’s.
Normally I got strawberry, but I have vague memories of drinking from my Dad’s straw a tangy green shake, and later it was a yearly trip to get a green shake. There was a pony ride in Enfield during the 1970’s and we would stop at the local Mickey D’s for french fries and a shake.
Shamrock Shake Facts and Trivia
- Invented at an Enfield Connecticut McDonald’s in 1966 (although the McDonald’s website claims 1970)
- First called the St Patrick’s Day Green Milkshake
- Started selling nationally in 1970 in response to a Ronald McDonald House fundraiser
- Calorie Content: 420, Small, 740 Medium, 820 Large (but who really cares?)
- Large Shamrock shake provides up to 60% of your daily calcium requirement (oh yeah!)
- Available only for a limited time around St. Patrick’s Day
- A Shamrock sundae was proposed and tried in 1980, but was a failure (wonder why?)
- You can post Shamrock Shake sightings and reviews at Shamrock Shake Locator
If you can’t find a Shamrock Shake at your local Mickey D’s, or it’s not St. Patricks season, here is a recipe to make your own minty shake. But, it’s not the same memory or experience. There is just something about those McDonalds straws and sharing with your Dad when you’re six you can’t duplicate.
Shamrock Shake recipe
* 2 cups vanilla ice cream
* 1 cup milk
* 1/4 cup half & half
* 1/2 teaspoon mint extract (spearmint, not peppermint)
* 8 drops green food coloring
Who remembers the old McDonald commercials from the 1970’s, they were a lot more fun back then. McDonalds was a rare treat, they weren’t on every corner, their food was fresh, hamburgers grilled, buns toasted and real chicken in their chicken McNuggets, without the over processing.
Going to Mickie D’s was a destination, and they were the king of fast food. It is still a guilty pleasure of mine and I even have a Grimace glass.
Eat and Drink Irish on St. Patricks Day
Ok, I get it, Shamrocks Shakes are NOT irish and not traditional Irish food to eat and drink on St. Patricks Day. My husband loves Corned Beef, but I’m always on the lookout for something a little sweeter, more dessert themed and of course “green” for the Luck of the Irish flair.
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