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?

I just want some who looks at me the way I look at a #shamrockshake #foodlove #mcdonalds

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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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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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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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