This Copycat Shamrock Shake is even BETTER than the original, and the best part is, you can have it year-round unlike the McDonald’s seasonal version! Cool, creamy, minty and delicious!
So confession time: I’m not a milkshake person.
I want to love them so much, but I just don’t find them as *satisfying* as eating say, an ice cream sundae or cone. I usually find that after I down a milkshake in record time, I want a sundae or a Drumstick or something to supplement it. Somewhere, a cardiologist is reading this and having a heart attack.
(Don’t worry – I don’t ever have milkshake main courses and ice cream chasers).
However, after making this Copycat Shamrock Shake, I was officially hooked on the shake bandwagon. I couldn’t get enough of these shakes – they’re just so perfectly satisfying! Just the right amount of mint in a creamy vanilla base with a mountain of fresh whipped cream and a simple cherry garnish. It really doesn’t get better!
The best part about this super simple recipe is that you can satisfy your shamrock shake craving year-round instead of waiting all year for McDonald’s to unveil theirs. Because if you’re like me at all, you’re a delightful mix of impatient and antsy which makes waiting around for seasonal things pure agony. Girl Scouts of America, I’m looking at you.
A lot of people think shamrock shakes are purely mint-based, but the flavor is actually vanilla-mint which is sweet and not super overpowering. The key to making this shamrock shake at home is to use MINT extract, NOT peppermint extract. Yes, there’s a difference and it is pretty major! Peppermint extract is incredibly potent and in large doses tastes like toothpaste. Definitely not as appealing to have a toothpaste dessert, am I right? Mint extract, however, is a little more subtle and adds the appropriate minty flavor to this shake.
You can also customize this shake to your dietary preferences by using dairy-free ice cream and soy milk, or frozen yogurt instead of ice cream. Since the ingredients are so simple, though, I suggest using a very high quality ice cream so the flavor isn’t lost on something too watery or flavorless.
And that’s it! Copycat Shamrock Shakes will be a new rotation in your household, I guarantee it!
- 3 cups vanilla ice cream
- 1 cup milk (I used 1% but any kind works)
- ¼ teaspoon mint extract (make sure it is MINT extract and NOT peppermint extract)
- Green food coloring (optional)
- Whipped cream
- Green sanding sugar
- Maraschino cherries
- Add the ice cream, milk, mint extract and a couple drops of green food coloring to a blender and blend on high speed for about 30 seconds or until fully combined and smooth.
- Pour into a glass or two and garnish with whipped cream, green sanding sugar sprinkles and a maraschino cherry.
I can just TASTE it by looking at the photos… but trust me, it is better to make it and taste it!
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Have a super sweet day!