From Too Many Chefs -

March 9, 2004
Sham-Crack Shakes

The straw is wide, the shake is thick, the temperature chilly, but not freezing. I pull on the straw and the bright green column rises.

Hold on. Bright green? A bright green shake? Heck yeah! It's St. Patrick's Month.

Shamrock Shakes are here. I've had an odd relationship with the Shamrock Shake. I remember thinking they were kinda gross when I was younger. Mint in a shake? And it's not exactly mint, either. There are faint hints of chocolate and vanilla, even a very slight sassafrass taste in the mix. Maybe it's part of the recipe, maybe it's because they don't clean the shake nozzle very well between flavors. I don't know.

Later, as my taste buds developed (or numbed, if you prefer), I developed an appreciation for the genius of Uncle O'Grimacey and the fruits of his labors. Now, I look forward to Darby O'Gill and the Little People and Shamrock Shakes every March.

There are tons of copycat recipes on the web that involve bananas, mint jelly, pistachio, and even alcohol, but none capture the authentic not-exactly-natural flavor of the Shamrock Shake.

After I've had my Shamrock Shake, I like to do a little dance.

Posted by Barrett in Maryland at March 9, 2004 12:36 PM | TrackBack

Nothing washes down my Filet-o-Fish like a frosty Shamrock Shake. Now if I could just get McDonalds to buy in to my Surf and Turf Combo meal (Filet-o-Fish/Hamburger/small fry)

Posted by Len Pleckaitis on March 9, 2004 at 2:37 PM

The difficulty with a McD's surf and turf is choosing the correct beverage.

Do you go with a red (strawberry shake), or a white (vanilla shake)?

This is of course in months when the Sham-crack shake is not available.

Posted by barrett on March 9, 2004 at 2:45 PM