McDonalds Shamrock Shakes are a hot item in March, but what if you’d like to enjoy the flavor of your favorite frosty milkshake year round? Here’s a delectable copycat recipe that is sure to please your tastebuds and satiate your craving quickly!
2 cups vanilla ice cream (or Frozen Vanilla Greek Yogurt!)
1-1/4 cups milk
1/4 c. Heavy Cream (COMPLETELY Optional– but so GOOOOD)
1/4 tsp. mint extract (not peppermint… just mint)
up to 8 drops green food coloring
This one is pretty easy, just measure everything directly into the blender and blitz. Alternatively, you could use the Mason Jar Blender
If you prefer the nice dark green color of the Original version you’ll need to add up to 8 drops. We opted to avoid the additional coloring and just go for the flavor.
Why Make Your Own?
For our family, this is one of those recipes that we make ourselves due to the actual content in the “real” thing.
I mean, I like the flavor, but I’m not particularly impressed with the list of ingredients in the actual product. It contains 93 Grams of Sugar in each shake, that’s 23 Teaspoons!
In case you’re wondering, here they are, divided into the 4 parts as each shake contains 54 ingredients in all:
VANILLA REDUCED FAT ICE CREAM
Ingredients: Milk, Sugar, Cream, Nonfat Milk Solids, Corn Syrup Solids, Mono- and Diglycerides, Guar Gum, Dextrose, Sodium Citrate, Artificial Vanilla Flavor, Sodium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Disodium Phosphate, Cellulose Gum, Vitamin A Palmitate.
SHAMROCK SHAKE SYRUP
Ingredients: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Water, Sugar, Natural Flavor (Plant Source), Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Yellow 5, Blue 1. May contain small amounts of other shake flavors served at the restaurant, including egg ingredients when Egg Nog Shakes are available.
Ingredients: Cream, Nonfat Milk, Corn Syrup, Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Contains Less Than 1%: Mono-And Diglycerides, Carrageenan, Polysorbate 80, Beta Carotene (Color), Natural (Dairy and Plant Sources) and Artificial Flavor, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E) to Protect Flavor. Whipping Propellant (Nitrous Oxide).
Ingredients: Cherries, Water, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Natural (Plant Source) and Artificial Flavors, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Red 40, Sulfur Dioxide as Preservative (Contains Sulfites).
Ingredient Information Source: McDonald’s Website
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