Tasting the New Oreo Shamrock McFlurry: 50 Years of Shamrock Shakes — and The Verdict Is…

As I have not had a Shamrock Shake in greater than three years, I thought I would try the new Oreo Shamrock McFlurry dessert offering from McDonald’s in honor of the celebration of 50 years of Shamrock Shakes.

Tasting the New Oreo Shamrock McFlurry: 50 Years of Shamrock Shakes — and The Verdict Is…

Oreo Shamrock McFlurry

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

The new Oreo Shamrock McFlurry is described as creamy vanilla soft serve with mint flavoring and Oreo cookie pieces blended throughout for a delicious minty-chocolaty dessert.

When I ordered mine, I observed the person behind the counter filling the cup with the vanilla soft serve — which McDonald’s officially calls reduced fat vanilla ice cream — and then placing the hollow clear plastic top on the cup before mixing the green mint flavoring and the cookie pieces…

Oreo Shamrock McFlurry

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

…but she mixed them manually instead of with a special machine; and the final product did not appear to be mixed well at all. Vestiges of green syrup remained on the rim around the cup and on the clear plastic top; and when I reached the bottom of the dessert, mainly vanilla soft serve remained — so the product was not mixed well at all.

What is With the Bizarre Spoon and the Clip on the End?

Oreo Shamrock McFlurry

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

The spoon is quite bizarre, as I could not figure out what was its purpose beyond the perfunctory conveyance of the soft serve to the mouth. It is thick, long, and hollow; it has a pair of holes on the back side of its handle; and its perimeter is square. If you look carefully at the photograph of the spoon below, you can see the two holes through the translucent plastic.

Oreo Shamrock McFlurry

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

Was it thick for the user to be able to handle the soft frozen treat? Was it hollow so that it can also be used as a straw?

I have never had a McFlurry before; so I searched for the answer to this mystery — and this video indeed offers the reasons for the overall shape of the spoon.

 

I am not sure why the employee at the McDonald’s which I patronized did not use the special McFlurry machine to mix the dessert properly.

No universal recycling symbol is found on the spoon; so I have to assume that it cannot be recycled — and that is not helpful to the environment if that is true.

Summary

Oreo Shamrock McFlurry

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

The total cost for an Oreo Shamrock McFlurry dessert was $3.17, which was $2.99 plus 18 cents in sales tax. I thought that was a little pricey, as the dessert is not all that large.

Sadly, the Oreo Shamrock McFlurry dessert looks and sounds better than it tastes, as it had a slightly strange after taste — almost like that of a chemical overtone — unlike the Shamrock Shakes which I have had in the past. I suppose that experience — which was less than delightful or splendid — can be attributed to the flavors of the dessert not being mixed well enough…

…but at this point, I would not recommend purchasing the Oreo Shamrock McFlurry dessert, as I have no desire to order it again. Either get the classic Shamrock Shake — which you could likely have an employee add chocolate soft serve if you ask for it and are into that — or get some real ice cream with cookie crumbles elsewhere…

…even if you prepare it at home with ice cream that you purchase in a grocery store or a supermarket.

All photographs ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

3 thoughts on “Tasting the New Oreo Shamrock McFlurry: 50 Years of Shamrock Shakes — and The Verdict Is…”

  1. NB_ga says:

    Perhaps the McFlurry machine was non-operational, as is the McDonald’s shake machine at almost every location at every occurrence. As I am not a fan of frozen dairy products in general, the aforementioned dessert sounds unappetizing at best but appreciate your review as it pertains to anniversary offering.

  2. Captain Happy says:

    The spoon is used as the stirrer when the machine is functioning. It attaches toe the machine.

  3. Jeannine says:

    Sounds like a shake sham.

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