Shamrock Shakes Return in 2018 — But…

The venerable Shamrock Shake has returned to McDonald’s restaurants as of Thursday, February 1, 2018; but if you take a look at the official Internet web site of the tasty frosty treat, you will notice that…

Shamrock Shakes Return in 2018 — But…

…the lone shake is standing by itself.

In addition to the original Shamrock Shake last year, four additional beverages which had been badged with the Shamrock moniker were introduced to the McCafé lineup — including a Chocolate Shamrock Shake; a Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappe; a Shamrock Hot Chocolate; and a Shamrock Mocha. They are nowhere to be found this year.

Valentine’s Day is still ten days away; and yet the arrival of Saint Patrick’s Day meant that — for several weeks beforehand and for as long as I can remember — the Shamrock Shake returned to McDonald’s restaurants for a limited time in the northeastern United States where I was born and raised. I am not sure if that was a local occurrence; but Shamrock Shakes — those frosted green minty treats which have been sold by McDonald’s since 1970 — have since been available in other parts of the United States for years.

You can read this article pertaining to my experience from last year when I decided to purchase two small Shamrock Shakes: the original version and the chocolate mint version. At that time, they cost $1.99 each for the small size; but they are also available in the medium and large sizes. I do not know how much they cost in 2018.

Summary

I remember a time when a Shamrock Shake did not include whipped cream or cherries — but that was when they were served in large waxed paper cups with a plastic top and not in clear plastic cups.

There are recipes available throughout the Internet on how to create a version of the original Shamrock Shake at home — especially as they are not available all year round at McDonald’s for some reason. McDonald’s is not necessarily what first comes to mind if one has a craving for a delicious thick shake; but I have always enjoyed the Shamrock Shake — even though I usually purchase one only once every few years.

As the chocolate version of the Shamrock Shake is basically the addition of the chocolate shake on the bottom layer to the mint on the top layer, I cannot imagine why an employee at McDonald’s could not fulfill a similar request with either vanilla or strawberry added to the mint instead of chocolate — or perhaps in addition to the chocolate — even though they are not officially on the menu. You should be able to try the chocolate version of the Shamrock Shake even though it is not officially a part of the menu in 2018.

If you are interested in enjoying a Shamrock Shake, be aware that not all McDonald’s locations have them yet — or possibly at all — as only participating locations will have them in stock.

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

12 thoughts on “Shamrock Shakes Return in 2018 — But…”

  1. Linda Olsen says:

    What does this have to do with travel and frequent flyer topics? I honestly couldn’t care less about your processed garbage food cravings.

    1. Mick says:

      May you die a thousand slow deaths consecutively.

  2. John says:

    Who cares. This is a travel blog not a sugar blog.

    1. Mick says:

      May you choke for as long as your twatishness lasts.

  3. TJ says:

    Thank you! I love this time of year. It’s nice to know only certain McDonald’s have them as I am traveling all this month. Maybe I’ll go to a McDonald’s in every state I’m going to and try them out! That sounds like a fun thing to do.

  4. MAO says:

    I’m from Wilkes-Barre, PA. I can’t wait for the Shamrock Shake!!!

  5. Tiggy Winkle says:

    OMG I loved these things as a kid – never knew they still made them!

  6. Bill says:

    Better amend your story about shamrock shakes. We have tried 3 different McDonald’s in the Chicago area. None of them had them

    1. Amanda says:

      same here. Not available as of February 14th, 2018 in Michigan. Don’t know where this guys is getting his “info”.

  7. Bill says:

    Better amend your story about shamrock shakes. We have tried 3 different McDonald’s in the Chicago area. None of them had them

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      The conclusion of the article specifically states that “If you are interested in enjoying a Shamrock Shake, be aware that not all McDonald’s locations have them yet — or possibly at all — as only participating locations will have them in stock.”

      When I went for the Shamrock Shakes last year, one McDonald’s did not have it yet but would later on; another McDonald’s would not have it at all; and yet another McDonald’s already had them in stock. All of them are located within 20 minutes of where I am based.

      Please read this article for additional details pertaining to my experience last year, Bill — and do not give up searching for that elusive Shamrock Shake:

      http://thegate.boardingarea.com/shamrock-shakes-return-in-2017-and-with-four-new-varieties/

      1. Joe says:

        I’ve never heard of a McDonald’s that doesn’t carry the Shamrock shake. Whatever employee told you that is probably just a lazy lying teen.

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