There’s something about St Paddy’s Day that really makes me happy every year. Maybe it’s my Irish ancestry (though doesn’t EVERYONE claim Irish ancestry on St Patrick’s Day??). Maybe it’s that I really like the color green. But whatever the reasons, one thing is for sure – the day is steeped in tradition. And I love me some tradition.
One of our big traditions is to have at least one Shamrock Shake per season. Something about that minty green shake gets me all happy inside. Ya dig? But when I lived in England for over a decade, I found that they didn’t actually DO Shamrock Shakes! WHAT!? I guess it was their proximity to Ireland or something, but every year I’d make the trek to our local McDonalds and sigh in frustration that they didn’t serve my treat of choice. Woe was me.
Anyway, it meant that I had to get creative and come up with my own recipe! Not that it’s that difficult, to be honest. So easy a kid could do it. In fact, mine DID do it. And this is the result.
Here’s what you’ll need.
2 C Vanilla Ice Cream
1 C of Milk
Green Food Coloring
Air Heads Rainbow Candy (optional)
And okay, it’s not rocket science to make this. Just take a blender and add in your ice cream, milk and ½ teaspoon of mint extract. Then just add a few drops of green food coloring and blend away until its creamy and smooth.
Then, just transfer the whole lot to a pretty glass and add a dollop of whipped cream on top. I kept trying to add our rainbow candies to the top to make it look like rainbows on a cloud, but the kids just kept stealing them. Ah well!
If you like the original, you’ll love this Copycat Shamrock Shake.
Katie Reed is a passionate writer and mother of four vivacious boys from Salt Lake City, Utah. Drawing from her own journey through TTC, pregnancy, and the joys of raising children, she offers a wealth of insight into the world of motherhood. Beyond her heartfelt tales, Katie delights her readers with family-friendly recipes, engaging crafts, and a curated library of printables for both kids and adults. When she’s not penning her experiences, you’ll find her crafting memories with her husband and sons—Dexter, Daniel, Chester, and Wilder.