McDonald’s has brought back everyone’s favorite green shake, the Shamrock Shake, for a limited time only. The Shamrock shake is a combination of vanilla milkshake and green mint syrup topped with whipped cream and a cherry. The original Shamrock Shake wasn’t topped with whipped cream and a cherry, but today’s McDonald’s is all fancy and crap, so now it is. I picked up a medium 16 oz Shamrock Shake for $2.79.
How Does it Taste?
McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is quite a pretty shake. Rather than being a uniform green color, the shake features stripes of green swirled through the entire shake. After finishing the 5 minute drive home from McDonald’s, the whipped cream on top of the shake had already began to melt into a mucky gloop, and the S.S. cherry began to sink into the white bubbly lagoon.
The Shamrock Shake taste is hard to pinpoint. At first it tasted like a very subdued mint flavor, probably due to the vanilla ice cream. After another sip, the mint flavor of the shake began to transform into some kind of “hint of fresh mint toothpaste” flavor. The mint flavor seemed to lie right in the middle of mint ice cream and fresh mint toothpaste. I attribute the toothpaste flavor to the slight chemical burn you feel in the back of your throat as you sip through this shake.
I also tasted a hint of lime throughout this shake. So I guess if I had to give a name to the flavor of the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake, I would call it Not-too-minty-mint-toothpaste-minus-the-flouride-with-a-hint-of-lime, but unfortunately that name is too long and unwieldy, so I’d probably shorten it to Mint-lime.
As with traditional mint ice cream items, the Shamrock Shake provides a pleasant cooling effect due to the coupling of the mint and the cold dairy. This is probably my favorite aspect of the shake. Flavorwise it was decent, but that cool tingle at the end of a sip is the most satisfying part of the Shamrock Shake.
The McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is an interesting take on a mint shake. It falls a little short of the mark as far as mint ice cream goes, but the small amount of lime flavor gives this shake a pretty unique taste. And you gotta love mint shakes when it comes to the cool tingle they offer. This shake gets my recommendation.
Pros: Refreshing and cool, mint isn’t too minty, green color
Cons: Mint has a vague hint of toothpaste to it, whipped cream on top melted really fast
McDonald’s Shamrock Shake (medium 16 oz)
Calories from Fat: 170
Total Fat: 19g
Sat. Fat: 12g
Trans Fat: 1g