McDonald's Shamrock Shake copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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McDonald's Shamrock Shake

Score: 4.26. Votes: 38
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It's easy to recreate the flavors of McDonald's annual St. Patrick's Day shake using only four ingredients. The two that make this holiday shake special are the mint extract and green food coloring. Make sure your extract says "mint" and not "peppermint". And if you don't care to have shakes that are green like the real ones, you can forego the food coloring.

Try my recipe for McDonald's newer Oreo Shamrock McFlurry here.

Source: Top Secret Recipes: Sodas, Smoothies, Spirits & Shakes by Todd Wilbur.

Update 3/14/17: For a thicker, mintier McDonald's Shamrock Shake recipe, add only 1 cup of milk. If your blender can't mix it up, add 1/4 cup of milk at a time until it blends. Also, the new Shamrock Shakes have whipped cream and a cherry on top.   

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  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 1/4 cups low-fat milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract (not peppermint)
  • 8 drops green food coloring
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      1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth. Stop the blender to stir with a spoon if necessary to help blend the ice cream.

      2. Pour into two 12-ounce cups and serve each with a straw.

      Serves 2.

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Score: 4.26. Votes: 38
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Mar 16, 2015, 22:00

Ice cream, milk and mint, how can you go wrong! Even the kids can make this one and it turns out great every time! Thanks Todd!!!

Mar 17, 2014, 22:00

It was spectacular! Tasted just like the real thing. Most people are complaining about the thickness. What I did was add 3 cups of ice cream instead of 2 and it was really satisfying.

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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