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Shamrock Shake

Posted by  ·  March 5, 2018  ·  Last Updated: March 5, 2018

A Shamrock Shake is the perfect way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. This mint flavored milkshake is a yummy treat! Smooth, creamy and oh so minty! Vanilla ice cream blended with mint flavoring, a few drops of green food coloring and topped with delicious whipped topping make this shake.  The little candy shamrocks make it extra festive!

How do you celebrate St Patrick’s Day? We make a few blarney stones, color up these St Patrick’s Day Coloring Pages, make a few crochet shamrocks rainbow cupcakes, green candy popcorn…. and do our fair share of St Patrick’s Day Crafts!

shamrock shake

Each year for a limited time McDonald’s serves up their famous Shamrock Shake. With my yummy knockoff, you can now have this delicious shake anytime you like!

What is Shamrock Shake made out of?

The Shamrock  Shake was first introduced in 1970. Can you believe the shake first was made of lemon-lime flavored with vanilla ice cream, a lemon-lime sherbet, and vanilla syrup?  I don’t think I would have been a fan.  By 1973, the shake was merely a green colored vanilla shake, eliminating the sherbet.  Thankfully now it is now mint flavored vanilla ice cream. I love mint. If you do too you might like these mint recipes.

Copycat McDonald’s Shamrock Shake

shamrock shake
4.5 from 2 votes

Shamrock Shake

Course Drinks
Keyword mint shake, shakes, st patricks day
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 696 kcal


  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 drops green food coloring
  • 1/8 teaspoon mint extract or amount for the desired flavor


  1. Blend well and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Shamrock Shake
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 696 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 22g138%
Cholesterol 140mg47%
Sodium 316mg14%
Potassium 847mg24%
Carbohydrates 74g25%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 68g76%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 1505IU30%
Vitamin C 1.6mg2%
Calcium 614mg61%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Green Candy Shamrocks

Green shamrocks are made by melting green candy coating and placing melted candy in a candy mold. Once hardened,  pop candies out and garnish your St. Patty’s Day treats. They are super easy to make and add a nice touch to cupcakes too!  I have a complete tutorial how I made candy stars. It will show just how to make candy toppers! They can be made for any holiday or occasion! All you need is a chocolate mold.

Filed Under: Drinks, Recipes

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  1. Monday, May 13th, 2019
    hi my mom is Jolie Howard and she had made shamrock shake before she gave me some and it taste good thanks for helping me out I made my mothers day by making a shamrock shake and I made this on saint Patrick day and when I mean she was happy she was happy she was drinking it all day with every meal she had. well first I made it for her in the moring I made her some breakfast
    it was eggs bacon waffle and for her drink I made shamrock shake so that's how I got her into making shamrock shake and I made her every meal s that's was a good star but thanks u so much love: Javiana lyle
  2. April
    Thursday, March 28th, 2019
    My sons loved this Shamrock Shake. I added a dollop of homemade whipping cream and added light green sugar sprinkles...a very pretty milkshake :)
  3. Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
    So festive and looks delicious!
  4. Saturday, March 12th, 2011
    Love this recipe! May try it this week.
  5. Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
    Cute idea! I shared your link on my FB page today!
  6. Saturday, April 3rd, 2010
    This was a HUGE hit with my kids - THANKS!
  7. Saturday, March 20th, 2010
    Thank you so much for posting this. I'm allergic to milk but following your directions I was able to use my fake milk and ice cream to make myself a shake. I've been missing out for all these years!!!
  8. Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
  9. Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
    Yum! Very nice presentation, too!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day! Stop by my blog to enter my Harney and Son's "Irish Breakfast Tea" Giveaway. Just post a comment.

    Best Blessings, KJ
  10. Amber
    Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
    Thanks for the recipe. My kids LOVED it!
  11. Tiffany
    Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
    I am new to this site but love all of your ideas! We will be making this for our dessert tonight and I am using the free cupcake toppers you had listed last week on the straws to make them more festive. :)

    Thanks for all the great ideas!
  12. Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
    That looks sooo good!
  13. Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
    Looks delicious - my kids would love me to make these :)

    Happy St Patrick's Day from N Ireland :)
  14. Allyson/@HBMomof2
    Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
    This will be on our menu! Sounds yummy and my mouth shouldn't be watering at ice cream this early in the morning. Changing the shamrocks to a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie though. They are on hand and you can't beat cookies and ice cream. Who am I kidding? You can't beat anything and ice cream. Thanks for another wonderful idea.
  15. Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
    Thank you! My husband is going to L-O-V-E me for making this. He's been flipping out because he looks forward to McD's Shamrock Shakes every year and apparently they are at select locations this year. Those select locations being nowhere near us.
  16. Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
    ummm YES PLEASE! i'll take one of those right now!! i'm drooling at my work desk... over my keyboard.. seriously!!! happy st. pattys day!
  17. Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
    That looks great! My kids tried one from Mc Donald's the other day and one of them said it made his tummy sick. Apparently there was too much mint extract. Homemade sounds great though!
  18. Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
    Man, does this take me back! Someone call Mayor McCheese!
    • Cindy
      Sunday, March 4th, 2018
      Too funny!
  19. Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
    Yum! I bet my boys would love these to go with our other St. Patty's meal today!
    Thanks for sharing!
  20. Karen
    Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
    Hi Cindy! What a great suprise for the kids to come home to after school today!!Thank you for another great recipe!! Love you in Milwaukee! Karen
  21. Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
    Oh that looks so yummy!!
  22. Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
    Delicious and the little candy embellishment is a great idea. I will be making this one tonight. Thanks!