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McDonald's Shamrock Shake Recipe
McDonald's Shamrock Shake
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Drink
Calories: 550
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Recipe Rating: 4.4 (25 reviews)

You'll find it very easy to recreate the flavors of McDonald's annual St. Patrick's Day shake using only four ingredients. The two that make this holiday shake unique are the mint extract and green food coloring. Make sure your extract says "mint" and not "peppermint". And if you don't want shakes that are green like the real ones, you can certainly leave out the food coloring.

Source: "Top Secret Recipes: Sodas, Smoothies, Spirits and Shakes" by Todd Wilbur.

2 cups vanilla ice cream
1 1/4 cups low fat milk
1/4 teaspoon mint extract (not peppermint)
8 drops green food coloring

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth. Stop blender to stir with a spoon if necessary to help blend ice cream.

2. Pour into two 12-ounce cups and serve each with a straw.

Serves 2.

Minty Good
Mint and Peppermint!!  
Submitted on: 03/22/14
Very good! Used mint and peppermint and it turned out great! Tasted exactly like a Shamrock Shake
Submitted on: 03/22/14
this recipe was amazing! i of course love it so i really loved it!
Not even close!
Submitted on: 03/18/14
Followed directions to the "T", tried two batches,does not live up to it's name. It's fine if you are not expecting the real thing.
Shamrock Shake
Submitted on: 03/17/14
It was spectacular! Tasted just like the real thing. Most people are complaining about the thickness. What I did was add 3 cups of ice cream instead of 2 and it was really satisfying.
Submitted on: 03/15/14
This is really good my kids really loved it!!!
Rumchata Shamrock Shake
Sarah G  
Submitted on: 03/12/14
I just substituted the Rumchata as the milk. Makes a really great adult drink that tastes fantastic as well. You should definitely try it.
Shamrock Shake
Leah Lohse  
Submitted on: 03/10/14
We are making smoothies in class and this is the perfect way to make a shamrock shake. My teacher has to buy a lot of ice cream. LOL
Submitted on: 03/08/14
i made this with pure peppermint extract and it was delicious, the thickness was a bit off but still very good! :)
Submitted on: 02/23/14
Made this for my 13 year old. There was a little bit left, I thought I would try it and WOW, loved it. I used a mint/peppermint extract and its a perfect match for the McDonald's Shamrock Shake. YUMMY
mc donalds shamrock shake
Submitted on: 02/22/14
i made this shake for me and my dad and we loved it we made a second round for us it was great we both loved it.
Submitted on: 02/19/14
i didn't have mint extract so i used peppermint. and it was HEAVEN!!! please try it. you will be glad you did!
Valentine's Day Bliss
Submitted on: 02/15/14
Made a shake for my wife and I to cap off Valentine's Day and we Loved the taste; tasted alot like McDonald's Shamrock Shake.
I'd use frozen milk
Submitted on: 02/12/14
Too much milk--way too runny. I froze milk into ice cubes to make it thicker. Not sweet enough. Added 1/2 tsp. stevia.
Tastes like toothpaste
Submitted on: 02/11/14
I followed the exact recipe and it tasted so awful I had to spit it out. Very disappointed. :(
Submitted on: 02/11/14
It has the same taste as mcdonalds, but it is a little difficult getting the right thickness
Submitted on: 12/30/13
I thought the shamrock shake was good -it had a good taste. This really tasted like mcdonalds milkshake. I think if you haven't tried it yet - you should.
It is awesome
Submitted on: 11/09/13
This tastes so like the shake at McDonald's there seems like no difference except that it is homemade
Tastes good..
Submitted on: 10/02/13
Tastes very similar. I use a little less milk and would recommend even going to mcds and getting some plain vanilla ice cream from them, to make the shake, it'd be soo good. But overall handy recipe. Love it.
Love it!
Submitted on: 09/01/13
Tastes almost exactly like McDonalds Shamrock Shake, and I can get it any season!
This is very good!
Submitted on: 05/26/13
This tastes more like the Shamrock shake than I thought it would. Definitely would try this recipe again! Love it!
Eh, Its Alright
Submitted on: 03/22/13
Definitely does not taste like McDonalds' Shamrock Shake. There's too much milk so it doesn't have a shake-like consistency. It does taste like mint but never would I think this is something that would satisfy my Shamrock Shake craving when it's out of season.
Ameer Hammod  
Submitted on: 03/15/13
Tastes exactly the same like McDonald's. :)
Taste just like it
Submitted on: 03/13/12
Mint extract instead of peppermint is definitely the one to use. Results will depend on the ice cream you use. At the place they say add extract flavored syrups to non fat vanilla ice creams to make their shakes. End result is the same.
Submitted on: 02/24/09
This is one of my favorites at McDonalds, now I can make it all year long.
Submitted on: 11/08/05
I like it.