Thursday, February 20, 2020

McDonald's Shamrock Shake Copycat (Video)

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake Copycatrecipe is a perfectly creamy mint shake topped with homemade 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!
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Every February for the last 20 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 of 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, a few 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 sit well with him.

How to Make a Shamrock Shake

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, I started with good ice cream and that is just the start. My shake 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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Helpful Tips to Make McDonald's Shamrock Shake Copycat:

  • For the creamiest shake, go with the richest ice cream you can buy. The icier the ice cream the icier the shake.
  • You can substitute 2% milk in the shake (if that is all you have), but I wouldn't use fat free.
  • You can use gel food coloring (my fav) if you have it or liquid will work just fine.
  • You want to be sure to use Mint extract. Peppermint extract is purely peppermint extract and has a higher menthol content. Mint extract is a combination of peppermint and spearmint, it has a completely different flavor.

What you will need to Make McDonald's Shamrock Shake Copycat:

  • Blender – You can use any blender, but I absolutely love this one! I use it for ice cream, smoothies, soups, my tomato sauce and naturally this milk shake.
  • Green Food Coloring - gel or liquid
  • Mint Extract - remember peppermint is for red/pink treats (candy canes), mint is for the green ones (mint chocolate chip ice cream and mojitos).


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Yield: 4 (16 ounce) shakes

McDonald's Shamrock Shake Copycat

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake Copycat recipe is a perfectly creamy mint shake topped with homemade whipped cream and sprinkles to make this a superb St. Patrick’s Day shake.
prep time: 5 MINScook time: total time: 5 mins


  • 6 cups good vanilla ice cream (I used Blue Bell homemade vanilla)
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 teaspoons pure mint extract, to taste
  • 15 drops green food coloring
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • green sprinkles for garnish


  1. Put ice cream and milk in a blender with half of the green food coloring and mint.  Blend well.  Add additional as desired.  15 drops of food coloring and 1 1/2 teaspoons mint extract was perfect for us.
  2. Fill 1 cup of heavy whipping cream in a tall bowl and use an electric mixer with a whisk attachment to whip until peaks begin to form.  Add 1 tablespoon powdered sugar and whip until stiff peaks form.
  3. Pour the shake mixture into 4 glasses, top with 1/4 of the whipped cream in each glass. Garnish with sprinkles and a straw.

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  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.
    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

  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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