Welcome to Day Three of Green Week!
Need something for dessert for your St. Paddy’s dinner? Today’s recipe may be just the ticket! It’s been my secret little addiction lately. I am not a McDonald’s fan. In fact, about the only time I visit McDonalds is this time of year when the Shamrock Shake arrives for it’s limited yearly appearance. A green, mint flavored shake. Yum!
I decided that I needed to learn how to make my secret little addiction at home. I did a little experimenting and I think I have found the secret ingredient.
For the first round I used mint flavoring (not peppermint, I didn’t like peppermint) and green food coloring. That worked good but it wasn’t quite just like the McDonald version.
I then made a trip to my local Cash & Carry (wholesale groceries) and I found a bottle of Green Mint syrup. It is in with all the syrups you buy for coffee and Italian sodas. I am happy to say that it tastes EXACTLY like the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake!
So my first choice is the Green Mint syrup and the second choice is mint flavoring with green food coloring. They are both quite tasty!
Some green sprinkles and a straw don’t hurt either.
My ratio of ice cream to milk was about 2:1. It really depends on how thick or runny you like your shakes. I used 2-3 Tbsp of the mint syrup. When I used the mint flavoring I used about 1- 1 1/2 tsp and a couple drops of food coloring. You can play around with the quantities depending on how minty you like things.
So no more drive thru at McDonald’s! You can make your Shamrock Shake at home and you can do it all year long. No more waiting for Shamrock Shake season to roll around.
- 2 C vanilla ice cream
- 1 C milk
- 2-3 Tbsp. mint syrup
- or 1-2 tsp mint extract and a few drops of green food coloring
- Place ice cream, milk and syrup in blender and blend. Add more milk or ice cream to create your desired consistency.
- You may also adjust the flavoring to your taste.