Chocolate Shamrock Shakes

by Kate on March 6, 2013

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Shamrock shakes, they’ve been done. In fact, they’re probably overdone and I completely missed the bandwagon. I see them come through my Twitter feed, Facebook or Pinterest each year around this time and I always say to myself, “Hey Self! Get on it and make those sometime.” Then I get busy, forget and before I know it another year passes and I go without every making a cool, minty milkshake.

What’s so hard about making a milkshake? Not a darn thing. So I don’t know why it’s taken me this long. There’s really no excuse. This should have happened in my kitchen a long time ago and now that they have I worry ย that I’ve developed a small addiction. I made the classic vanilla ice cream with mint version and threw that sucker back faster than frat boys at a bar. It wasn’t too long after that I wanted to make another batch.

I went to the freezer and came to realize I only had a chocolate/vanilla mix of ice cream so I decided to give it a whirl. Yum!! I loved the addition of chocolate to these milkshakes. Really what’s not to like? Chocolate is always a welcome addition to any treat. These milkshakes are nothing fancy or over the top and now after seeing them year after year, I suppose they are a classic. They’re easy to make and a refreshing minty treat to enjoy with a little bit of chocolate added to the mix.



Chocolate Shamrock Shakes

5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Chocolate Shamrock Shakes

Vanilla and chocolate ice cream with a little mint make these milkshakes a festive treat.


  • 3 cups vanilla/chocolate ice cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
  • A few drops of green food coloring, if desired


  1. In a blender, blend all the ingredients until smooth. Pour into glasses.
  2. Enjoy!

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Terra March 6, 2013 at 8:06 am

I never enjoyed them at McDonald’s either, never understood the big deal with them. AND I knew they were not healthy, so I avoided them, LOL! Your shake looks and sounds delicious, AND homemade is always sooooooo much better:-) Hugs, Terra


Kate March 6, 2013 at 9:43 am

Oh they are definitely not health food and I have still never had them at McDonald’s. I don’t eat fast food. But I always see them coming across the blogasfere each March and have always wanted to try them. They’re definitely a tasty treat!


ChristineM March 6, 2013 at 9:28 am

easy peasy!


Kate March 6, 2013 at 9:44 am

Lemon squeezy!


kelly @ kellybakes March 6, 2013 at 10:09 am

Not surprisingly, the Shamrock Shakes at Mickey D’s always taste too fake to me, so I skip them. I could totally get behind a homemade version… especially if there’s chocolate to cut the mint :)


Kate March 9, 2013 at 8:50 pm

I’ve never had the McDonald’s ones so I have no basis for comparison but I can imagine it’s mint soft serve so I’m willing to place money that these kick Mickey D’s butt ๐Ÿ˜‰


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet March 6, 2013 at 10:59 am

I missed the bandwagon too! Chocolate and mint – I am in!!


Kate March 9, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Chocolate and mint is always a win in my book!


Jennie @themessybakerblog March 6, 2013 at 11:00 am

Yup, I missed the bandwagon, too. I’m not good at keeping up with trendy food items. Either way, this looks delicious and super festive. Love it!


Kate March 9, 2013 at 8:51 pm

I’m always getting to trends too late but I’m usually baking whatever I want so that’s why I miss the trends and I’m okay with that ๐Ÿ˜‰


Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough March 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm

I have had a looong love affair with shamrock shakes but one with chocolate in it?? You are really speaking my language, girl! :)


Kate March 9, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Thanks Stephanie! I really liked the chocolate version even better than the plain ol’ vanilla. It jazzed it up a bit.


Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust March 6, 2013 at 5:53 pm

What’s better than mint? Mint with chocolate! These are great!


Kate March 9, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Thank you Dorothy!


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