McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes Are Back and the Internet (Rightfully) Rejoices

02/22/2016 at 12:33 PM ET


We’ve been waiting all winter for this.

Over the past few days, McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes — those minty, creamy ice confections that have earned an impressive cult following — have been spotted in stores around the country. The green shakes always come out a few weeks before St. Patrick’s Day, though we’re still not sure why they aren’t served year ’round.

Just as Pumpkin Spice Lattes mark the beginning fall, Shamrock Shakes mark the (almost) beginning of spring. The drink is so beloved that Burger King launched a knock-off version of their own this year: the Oreo Irish Mint Shake.

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Shamrock Shake obsessives have taken to Instagram, Twitter and pretty much every social media network to post photos of their beloved beverages … because did it even happen if it’s not shared to the Internet for posterity?

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With some stores beginning to serve the shake as early as February 10, the Shamrock Shake will be available until Thursday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day), or until supplies run out. And at the rate we’re downing them, we worry supplies will run out by, like, tomorrow.

—Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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Francine on

They are so junky, but I luuuuuuuuv me a Shamrock Shake!

Dawn on

I have NEVER had one! Any time I went for one, they were not available (yes, before St. Patty’s Day). Their darn machines break!

amy on

I have never had one! 39 years old, if that matters

YourFriendlyNutritionFact on

A shamrock shake contains:
820 calories
23 grams of fat (35% U.S. recommended daily value (RDV)
15 grams of saturated fat (73% RDV)
1 gram of trans fat
115 grams of sugar (The AHA recommends consuming no more than 24-36 grams/day)
260 milligrams of sodium (11% RDV)

The same as eating:
1.5 Big Macs, or
3, 6.3 ounces, Hot Fudge Sundaes, or
Nearly 3 Egg McMuffins

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