Our McDonald’s Shamrock Shake copycat recipe makes a perfectly creamy mint shake topped with homemade whipped cream and sprinkles for the best ever green dessert for St. Patrick’s Day!
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!
McDonald’s Shamrock Shake
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 head to the drive-thru and he orders the classic mint shake.
This ritual has occurred ever since I have known him. But over the last couple of years, the McDonald’s shamrock shake has not been as impressive as it used to be.
Who knows why? Maybe the formula has changed, or maybe our taste buds are changing.
Whatever the reason – I decided to make a copycat version, and I honestly think it tastes even better than the classic McDonald’s milkshake!!
Shamrock Shake Ingredients
With good quality ingredients, you can make a shake that will put McD’s to shame!!!
- Vanilla ice cream – Don’t skimp on the quality! The key making to a good milkshake requires real vanilla ice cream, made with full fat dairy products.
I use homemade vanilla bean ice cream to give the shamrock shake its creamy consistency.
- Whole milk – You can substitute 2% milk if that is all you have, but I don’t recommend using fat free.
- Mint extract – You want to be sure to use mint extract. Peppermint extract is pure peppermint, which has a higher menthol content.
Mint extract is a combination of peppermint and spearmint, so the flavor is completely different.
This creamy and dreamy McDonald’s shamrock shake is amazingly thick and oh, so delicious!!!
- Food color – You can use gel food coloring (my fav) if you have it, or liquid drops will work just fine.
- Add the milk slowly as you blend the milkshake. This way, you can create the exact consistency that you like!!
- Use high quality ingredients. For a creamy and thick McDonald’s shamrock shake, use the richest ice cream you can buy.
Remember, the creamier the ice cream, the creamier the shake.
Supplies for Making a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake
- 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 – Either gel or liquid.
- Mint Extract – Remember, peppermint is for red/pink treats – it has the flavor of candy canes.
Mint is for green desserts like mint chocolate chip cookie dough dip, and drinks like mojitos.
With love, from our simple kitchen to yours.
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McDonald’s Shamrock Shake + Video
- 6 cups vanilla ice cream
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure mint extract, or to taste
- 15 drops green food coloring
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- green sprinkles, for garnish
- Put ice cream and milk in a blender with half of the green food coloring and mint extract. Blend well, then add additional flavor and color as desired. (15 drops of food coloring and 1 1/2 teaspoons mint extract was perfect for us.)
- Pour 1 cup of heavy whipping cream into a tall bowl and use an electric mixer with a whisk attachment to whip until soft peaks begin to form. Add 1 tablespoon powdered sugar and whip until stiff peaks form.
- Divide the milkshake into 4 glasses, topping each with 1/4 of the whipped cream. Garnish with sprinkles and a straw, serve and enjoy!
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published March 2013, updated and republished February 2020
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