Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Shamrock Shake

Shamrock Shake

Every St. Patrick's Day since I was a wee thing I made it a tradition to get to Mc Donald's and order one of their Shamrock Shakes. Even now, it's a given that come the 17th, my kids and I can be found in the drive-thru of our local Mc Donald's which is an event in itself considering we never go there.

This year, I sent my girl Isabella to school decked out in green galore, ready to pinch classmates that were not doing the same. This would be fine but the problem was it wasn't St. Patrick's Day. It was the day before. Worst. Mother. Ever. I picked her up with my son who was also wearing green from head to toe and Livy who was sporting mint green pants. She got in the car wide-eyed and squealed in her embarrassed/slightly amused voice Mom! It's NOT St. Patricks Day today! I felt bad. After all, we had made the date to get our shamrock shakes after school which, under the circumstances was not happening until the next day, the real holiday, when they would be available.

Shamrock Shake

What's a Mom to do? I'll tell you what I did. I'll tell you alright. I went to the grocery store and picked up mint extract. I was hell bent on making my own homemade shamrock shakes. I was tired, and it was the end of the day, but I pulled it together and whipped out an almost perfect knockoff of the real thing. Only better, in my humble opinion. Here's my recipe for the cool, green and minty concoction and the happy little girl who got to drink it.

Shamrock Shake

Shamrock Shake
Makes 2 small or 1 large shake

2 cups vanilla ice cream
1 1/4 cups milk
15 drops green food coloring
1/4 teaspoon mint extract

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

You can find mint extract by the vanilla extract in most grocery stores. Happy REAL St. Patties day! That's what I'll be telling my daughter tomorrow morning, anyway, when she will be wearing her pajama shirt to school since it's the only other green item she owns. And yes, you will most definitely find us at Mc Donald's tomorrow at 3:35pm.


  1. Poor thing! That is hilarious, though. Totally something I would do! I was planning on going to get one tomorrow, but I may try these instead!

  2. Krysta, this post made me laugh. It's so funny! I love your daughter's facial expression. Priceless. I also love these shakes. Happy St. Patty's!

  3. BWAHHAHAHAHAH!!! that is hysterical!! Poor child.... :) SHAMROCK SHAKES ROCK!!!

  4. Hysterical!!! First of all- your kid is GORGEOUS! Holy moly you have good genes. Second, I have never had a shamrock shake. Perhaps 3:35 will find me and my brood in the line at McD's, too...

  5. Thanks guys! Isabella ended up wearing the exact same thing she wore to school yesterday. I let her. Ha ha.

  6. hahahaha how funny!!! I just posted about the shamrock shake before I saw this...deliciousness I tell ya. Homemade sounds even better!

  7. I got my Shamrock shake yesterday too. My 2nd 1 for the season. I tried making 1 last year. It came out pretty good. Here the shakes are available in February.

  8. I LOVE the Shamrock shakes. Isn't there something else in there's besides mint? A little fruity? My boys would love a homemade one.

    One son and I never have to wear green. We have green eyes - so we kind of cheat but in a ntural way - LOL!

  9. The last blog I posted on wrote about this shake. It must be amazing or something :)

  10. Blue cotton, I'm pretty sure it's just mint, but of course I could be wrong. Ashley, if you like mint it's pretty good. I'm not sure that the appeal for me is so much that it tastes amazing 9It is McDonald's after all) but I have childhood memories tied to it.

  11. Gotta make this for my kiddos for the big green day. They are gonna LOVE it!

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