Shamrock Shake! Shamrock Shake! Shamrock Shake!
Did you know that Mickey D’s releases this mint-infused vanilla milkshake in the month leading up to St. Patrick’s Day and has since 1970. Sure it’s only slightly minty, an experiment in artificiality, and the bright green color screams food-coloring, but this gimmick has inspired quite the cult-following. Up until this year, this green baby machine wasn’t even available at every McDonald’s, further proves that we Americans look a good gimmick, bonus points if involve exclusivity.I combed the internet archives scouring for information regarding this seasonal sip and discovered that the Shamrock Shake used to be served without the mound of whipped cream and bright red cocktail cherry that now comes standard. It appears that each year the shake becomes easier to procure is another year its customer satisfaction drops.
“More vanilla than mint”
“Half the milkshake is whipped cream”
“Who even likes maraschino cherries anyway?!”
As excited as I was to try my first Shamrock Shake (I’ve been chanting the name for days now, especially when in sight of those golden arches!) I must be 100% honest with you- I hated it! It didn’t taste minty at all. Instead it has an almost lime-infused aftertaste. The mint flavor was not thoroughly mixed, instead I got a hit of mint here and there. I even found the vanilla shake flavor to be lacking. The only saving grace was the rich redi-whip whipped cream on top because there is no way to mess that up, after-all.
Then I dropped my shake all over the kitchen floor. It was an accident…..or the milkshake god’s way of expressing their opinion of this St Patty’s Day disaster.
Next time I’ll stick to Strawberry.