St. Patrick's Day is almost here and McDonald’s famous Shamrock Shake will soon be back on their seasonal dessert menu across the country. But why wait?! Thanks to this delicious copycat recipe, you can now enjoy this rich, luscious holiday dessert all year long!
In this easy Shamrock Shake recipe, vanilla ice cream, milk, and mint are blended together to a sweet, creamy perfection. While mostly consumed in March, this cold minty shake is the perfect treat for those hot summer months when you need to cool off fast - just like my refreshing Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, colorful Ambrosia Salad, and fluffy Strawberry Marshmallow Salad!
Garnish with whipped cream, green sanding sugar, sprinkles, or whichever fun toppings you'd like. If you're a chocolate lover like me, drizzle some chocolate syrup on top for extra yumminess.
My kids go absolutely wild for this green minty milkshake! I can honestly say that this recipe has been kid-tested and received a 100% approval rating!
Why You'll Love It?
It’s just not St. Patrick’s Day at our house without this green festive treat! Since the nearest McDonald’s is 30 minutes away, this copycat recipe is the next best thing. Here are a few reasons why you’ll love it just as much as we do:
- Festive green color
- Rich and creamy
- Refreshing mint flavor
- Quick and easy to make
- Can be enjoyed all year long
- Kid-tested and 100% approved
This recipe uses simple ingredients you probably already have on hand or can easily find at your local grocery store. (For measurements, please scroll down to the recipe card below.)
- Ice cream - For the best flavor and texture, use full-fat ice cream. Yogurt and sherbet are not recommended.
- Milk - Whole milk gives this milkshake a richer flavor and creamier consistency than low-fat and fat-free varieties do.
- Mint extract - Try to use mint extract instead of peppermint extract to better match the flavor of Mickey D's iconic minty shake.
- Vanilla extract - Since imitation extract tends to leave a chemical aftertaste in your mouth, it's best to use "pure" vanilla extract.
- Green food coloring - For liquid food coloring, use 6 to 8 drops; for gel-based, use only 1 to 2 drops.
- Toppings - It's so fun to add garnishes to a dish and you can really go all out here. I used whipped cream and green sanding sugar but you can also use sprinkles, chocolate syrup, and even add a cherry on top!
How to Make McDonald’s Shamrock Shake
Here are the steps and process images for how to make this recipe. (More detailed instructions are in the recipe card below.)
Blend until smooth and creamy.
Pour the milkshake mixture into 2 glasses.
- Thinner - Add extra milk, one tablespoon at a time, until the milkshake is thin enough for your liking.
- Thicker - Add extra ice cream, a quarter cup at a time, until your desired thickness is reached.
Place any leftover milkshake mixture into a freezer bag and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to drink, let it thaw in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes before serving.
For best results, reblend the mixture until it's as smooth and creamy as the day you first made it.
Tips and Tricks
- For the richest flavor and creamiest texture, use full-fat milk and ice cream. Low-fat varieties will work too, but the results will not be as good.
- To best match the flavor of McDonald’s shamrock shake, try to use mint extract instead of peppermint extract.
- Not all food coloring concentration is the same. Be sure to check what type of food coloring (liquid or gel) you will be using, and refer to the recipe card below for any adjustments you may need to make.
- Freeze your serving glasses for 15 minutes before pouring the milkshake mixture inside. This will prevent it from melting as quickly.
Other Recipes You'll Love!
- Homemade Whipped Cream - This easy recipe only uses 3 simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. It’s so rich and creamy and is the perfect topping for pies, fresh fruit, and hot chocolate - yum!
- St. Patrick's Day Cookies - oatmeal cookies with green chocolate chunks
- Lucky Charms Cereal Bars - colorful marshmallow treats that are so easy to make
- Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream - a refreshing bowl of creamy, minty, homemade goodness!
- Ambrosia Salad - A colorful treat made with juicy fruit, fluffy marshmallows, and a creamy fruit salad dressing.
- Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Pops - heart-shaped sugar cookies filled with raspberry buttercream and dipped in chocolate
- Heart Shaped Linzer Cookies - filled with strawberry jam and topped with powdered sugar
Be sure to check out my how-to video in the recipe card below!
- Try to use mint extract instead of peppermint extract to better match the flavor of McDonald's iconic Shamrock Shake.
- Chill your glasses in the freezer for 15 minutes before using them. This will keep the milkshake colder for longer and delay it from melting.
*Nutritional facts are calculated by third party sources and are not always accurate. If you are on a special diet, we highly recommend you calculate these values personally.