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Copycat Shamrock Shake recipe lets you make the seasonal treat at home

Joanie Segall is the Food Editor for SheKnows Food, ChefMom, Fabulous Foods, and the blog MisoVegan.

Make McDonald's Shamrock Shake year-round with this easy copycat recipe

Waiting with anticipation for the annual Shamrock Shake to roll out at McDonald's can only mean one thing — it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day! This mean, green ice cream shake has been around since the 1970s, and it's still as sweet and tasty as it was four decades ago. For those who don't feel like braving the drive-thru, you can make your own Shamrock copycat at home.

Try this Shamrock Shake recipe from McCormick, which, according to a McDonald's spokeswoman, is strikingly similar to what you'll get at the golden arches.

More: Try a boozy Shamrock Shake for a St. Paddy's Day buzz

Copycat Shamrock Shake recipe

Yields 3


  • 1 pint (2 cups) vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick pure peppermint extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick green food coloring
  • Whipped cream and green sprinkles (optional)


  1. To a blender, add the ice cream, milk, peppermint extract and green food coloring. Cover, and blend on high speed until smooth.
  2. Pour into glasses. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles, if desired. Serve immediately.

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Updated by Bethany Ramos on 2/29/16

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