Friday, March 9, 2012

Better than McDonalds! Shamrock Shake

Happy Friday Slow Roasters and welcome to Diving Into Decadence.  This week I would like to share with you my version of McDonalds Shamrock Shake made special for the best Daddy in the world!

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 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 run an errand and I thought I would do something nice and get Chad a Shamrock Shake from McDonalds, then I remembered that the last one he had made him ill.  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 hope you enjoy, and have a fantastic St Patrick's Day with this shake!

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!


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  1. Oh this is so beautiful! Yum. I could slurp this up and lick my lips! Really sounds terrific and once again the photo is fantastic. Have a lovely weekend!

  2. I'm sure your version was MUCH better than McDonald's! Especially since yours doesn't have any unknown ingredients/chemicals/preservatives/who knows what. That was so sweet to make this for your husband. I'm thinking I'll have to make your version if I'm craving a Shamrock Shake--definitely don't want to get sick like your hubby!

  3. Undoubtedly tastier than McD's and YOU made it for him. What's not to love? I'm sure he was thrilled!

  4. Diving into Decadence for sure! Pass that straw this way, please!

  5. Oh, my kids would LOVE this, Donna!!! Hope to bake up some of your honey wheat oatmeal bread this weekend :))

  6. The garnish makes this all the more a cutie. Lovely! Must try!

  7. Just letting you know that I added this recipe to a list of milkshake recipes I used in an article about Cow Appreciation Day. Thanks!

  8. These days, it doesn't take much to create a shake that tastes better than McDonald's. Thanks for providing an alternative, since I am very disappointed in the last several shakes from McD's.


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