Review: McDonald’s Shamrock Shake

McDonald's Shamrock ShakeMcDonald’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.

McDonald's Shamrock 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.

The Score

Taste: 7.5/10
Presentation: 8.5/10

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

Nutrition Facts

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake (medium 16 oz)
Calories: 660 / Calories from Fat: 170 / Total Fat: 19g / Sat. Fat: 12g / Trans Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 75mg / Sodium: 210mg / Carbs: 109g / Fiber: 0g / Sugar: 93g / Protein: 14g

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Taylor Tamblin

Taylor is a food lover, rock guitar player, programmer, and runs the fast food review website Man Reviews Food.


    • Like the Wendy’s frosty? I’d definitely say I prefer the Frosty, but that’s because I’m a huge chocolate fan. The Shamrock Shake is worth a try if you love mint though, and it’s only available for a short while!

  1. Every year same shit shamrock shakes almost impossible to get I have gone to get one 5 times now and 4 of the times no matter where you go they say machine is broken or being cleaned annoying

  2. I wish the machine was broken at my McDonald’s. the new Mcrape’ shake is awful. This reviewer is much to kind. The old shake not only was thicker (although some. Wusses whine that it was “too thick”, but was much lower in calories, and LARGER. serving it in a domed lid doesn’t fool everyone.

  3. This shake is full of chemicals. That chemical burn was real. The fudge on the chocolate sundaes also taste like artificial chemicals. Stay away from MacDonalds, It doesnt even taste like real food anymore. KFC chicken isnt chicken anymore either.

  4. I just made a late night run unfortunately to Mcdonalds, and I saw the green coloring and was expecting a mint shake. At first when I tasted the shake I did have a notion that it was mint, but after analyzing the flavor after a while, I couldn’t taste any natural mint flavor at all. Whatever the flavor is they didn’t want you to know and they hid it with a cup of sugar. Even toothpaste adds a slight hint of natural flavoring, but this shake isn’t mint, at all. It was disappointing but exactly what I expected. I wish there was gyro fast food at 1:00 in the morning 🙁

  5. Does anybody else taste the lime in it? I thought it was supposed to taste like a mojito.

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