Copycat McDonald’s Shamrock Shake

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You know how you sometimes just get cravings for something minty and indulgent? Other people get these right? Especially around St. Patrick’s Day when you know minty, green food is around every corner? It’s literally around every corner when you consider the positioning of most McDonald’s restaurants and it’s Shamrock shake.

Homemade Copycat Shamrock Shake

After having kids I decided I could no longer venture out each time I developed a craving for a Shamrock Shake though. I’d have two kids in tow and I’d have to share. (Side note: I’m not a good food sharer. I’m like Joey in Friends.)

Shamrock shake at home

Instead, I created a recipe that tastes just as good that we can make at home. I’ve decided that I like this recipe better and I like that I can control the portions for myself and the kids. I can make enough to share and I can make sure that we all have enough to get a taste without overdoing it.

As an extra treat chocolate chips are the perfect add for this milkshake. It makes it taste exactly like the most perfect mint, chocolate chip ice cream treat.

Shake glasses

If you’re looking for these fun milkshake glasses, you can find them here. Sometimes I think having the right glass can make it taste even better. These are also perfect anytime you’re having a birthday party or any sort of fun celebration. We’ve used them on the 4th of July too!

This is perfect for parties, St. Patrick’s Day and just because! I hope you enjoy it.

Happy eating, friends!

Need other fun St. Patrick’s Day ideas? Check out these Mint Crinkle Cookies and these other green food ideas.

Homemade Copycat Shamrock Shake

Homemade Shamrock Shake

5 from 12 votes
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Servings: 4
Author: Rachel Quenzer


  • 6 scoops your favorite vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 tsp pure mint extract
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cups whole milk (Feel free to substitute)
  • 7 drops green food coloring
  • whipped cream
  • cherries


  • Add six, small scoops of ice cream to your blender.
  • Add in milk and mint.
  • If your blender gets stuck, stop the blender and use a spoon or fork to remove the ice cream off the blades before blending again. Or, you can add a wee bit more milk.
  • Pour into your favorite milkshake glass and enjoy!


Homemade Copycat Shamrock Shake


  1. So I guess I know what I am making this weekend. I am going to pick up the ingredients for this Friday and make it on Sat 🙂

  2. I’m not a food sharer either! Though I’m semi okay with sharing with my husband. I have never had a mcdonalds shamrock shake. You make me curious to go try one and then make it at home!

  3. HAven’t been able to find one near me – so I guess I should make this copycat recipe! Looks creamy and delicious!

  4. Oh dear, I never heard of the Shamrock Shake before so I decided to look it up. It turns out that it is heavily related to St. Patrick’s Day or Paddy’s day as we call it here in Ireland. You can tell that I am not a fan of McDs. Every day you learn something new. haha!

  5. 5 stars
    I also love to recreate some yummy foods and drinks that we had from restos. That sounds really refreshing to taste!

  6. 5 stars
    Who never loves some good shake? Shakes can be so yummy and so far, I’ve had milk sakes. Now I would need this; the cherry top looks so enticing too!

  7. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite reasons about this holiday. Such a delicious shake! Can’t wait to try it on my own!

  8. Wow… This is amazing drink. Love the color and my kids saif it look like a drink for Frozen. I guess this will go down well when watching the movie. Super Thanks!


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