Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Best Ever Copycat McDonald's Shamrock Shake


McDonald’s Copycat Shamrock Shake is a perfectly creamy mint shake topped with whipped cream and sprinkles to make this a superb St. Patrick’s Day shake. They’re only seasonally available at McDonald’s, but now with this easy recipe you can have one anytime. Simple and so delicious you may never have to buy one again!

Every February for the last 15 years Chad says: "Guess what is out?  Shamrock Shakes at McDonald's!!!"  Wearing the excited smile of a 6 year old that just got his first bike, we drive into the drive thru and he orders his Shamrock Shake.  This ritual has occurred ever since I have known him.  Over the last couple years the shake was not as impressive as it used to be;  who knows why; formula change, taste buds change, whatever the reason.

One Saturday in February, two years ago, Chad is working on Munchkins playground.  Uncle Happy and Pop Pop have been helping him get this together, but my man has been slaving out there for a week.

Munchkin and I ran out to do some errands and I thought I would do something nice and get Chad a Shamrock Shake from McDonald's, then I remembered that the last one he had didn't set well with him.  So, I decided to make my own.  I know with good ingredients I can make a shake that would put McD's to shame!!!  And I was right, it is amazingly thick and creamy and oh so minty and delicious!!!  Here is my version (that is much better than the original in my opinion) hope you enjoy, and have a fantastic St Patrick's Day!


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Shamrock Milkshake
serves 4 large 16 ounce shakes  - about 64 ounces

6 cups good vanilla ice cream (I used Blue Bell homemade vanilla)
1 1/2 cups 2% milk
1 1/4 teaspoons peppermint extract
15 drops green food coloring
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
green sprinkles for garnish

Put ice cream and milk in blender with  half of the green food coloring and peppermint.  Blend well.  Add additional as desired.  15 drops of food coloring and 1 1/4 teaspoons peppermint extract was perfect for us.

Serve with fresh whipped cream on top.

Mix 1 cup heavy whipping cream, until peaks begin to form.  Add 1 tablespoon powdered sugar and whip until stiff peaks form.

Garnish with sprinkles.  Enjoy!


Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
Copyright ©2013 The Slow Roasted Italian – All rights reserved.

Originally published 3/4/13


  1. Oh I wanna make this, looks yummy! ^^

  2. You are such a sweet wife Donna, this looks amazing! Way ............ better than McD's!

  3. Hi Donna & Chad, I just did a Pin Test of your Best Ever Shamrock shake on my blog and thought you might be interested in the results. http://pintesting.com/the-best-ever-copycat-shamrock-shake/
    BTW, I LOVE your site and the recipes always look amazing!

  4. I truly enjoyed receiving this recipe and I'm sure it's great but I changed a few things in it and because of that I renamed it as well. In my house it's called The Shamrock Shake Fully Loaded, here's why...

    4 large scoops of Vanilla Frozen Yogurt
    1 cup Skim Milk
    Green Gel Food Colouring
    2 ounces of Peppermint Schnapps
    2 ounces of Jamesons Whisky

    This needs NO whipped cream until AFTER you finish the drinks. ;o)

  5. Love this! Making it tonight for sure!
    Would love to add it to our St Patty's Front page Feature on http://foodisloverecipes.com

  6. Have you ever considered doing Sonic's Campfire Blast from a few years ago? I've been considering doing it myself, but I don't really have a clue where to start.

  7. Have you ever thought about doing Sonic's Campfire Blast from a few years ago? I've had random cravings for this dessert, but have no idea where to start in re-creating it.

  8. I do not have any word to say but these are delicious not delicious super delicious. I will try Banana Shake because i love banana shake.

  9. Can you please share the recipe of banana Shake named "Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake".

  10. Yummy!
    I, too, have always loved Shamrock shakes, but have found them somewhat lacking the past year or two. Looking forward to trying this.


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