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McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes Set to Drop Early This Season

McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes Set to Drop Early This Season

McDonald’s has decided to start celebrating St. Patrick’s Day early by making their famous Shamrock Shakes available. Yes, you can either walk in or drive up to your friendly McDonald’s and order one starting on Monday, February 5.

Thanks to an announcement through the Instagram account “snackolator,” people looking for a tasty treat are in luck. Beyond the Shamrock Shake, customers can also get a Shamrock Oreo McFlurry, too. In McDonald’s lingo, this time of the year is called “Shamrock Season.”

Also in the announcement, this date was reportedly confirmed by a McDonald’s employee. It does appear that starting up on Monday might be the earliest McDonald’s has started offering Shamrock Shakes. These tasty drinks are made of mint-flavored syrup, whipped cream, vanilla soft serve, and a cherry on top.

McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes Contain Calories

For some people who are health conscious, they might think that a “green drink” will be OK for them. Well, if you aren’t too concerned about your calories, then go get you one of these. A small size contains 460 calories, while a medium has 560 calories. Guess how many calories are in a large Shamrock Shake? Let’s make that a round, solid 800 calories. You can lower these numbers a little bit, though, by not getting any whipped cream topping.

According to the Daily Meal, McDonald’s has been offering this holiday treat for more than 50 years. This goes all the way back to an original idea from Hal Rosen, a Connecticut franchise owner. He came up with this Shamrock Shake idea in 1967. It would take until 1970 for the shake to find its way into McDonald’s restaurants.

There is plenty of sugar in a Shamrock Shake. For a medium-sized one, you can expect to get 78 grams of sugar in your drink. Compare that to 85 grams of sugar that’s part of a medium chocolate shake from McDonald’s.

McDonald’s In Michigan Helps Out Charity

For the restaurants in Michigan, a portion of proceeds from sales of Shamrock Shakes will be sent to Michigan Ronald McDonald House Charities. That’s also the case for anyone buying a McFlurry, too. When you buy a Shamrock Shake in Michigan, 25 cents of one purchase will be sent to the charity. It’s being done in Michigan as a way of honoring how vital these shakes played a role in establishing the first Ronald McDonald House, WILX reports.

Last year, the Shamrock Shake dropped on February 20. McDonald’s fans should remember that these items are going to be offered for a limited time. We don’t know when the cutoff date will be set at this time. But St. Patrick’s Day falls on Sunday, March 17, 2024. So, it might be wise to make plans to get yours as soon as possible. Of course, you can get them more than once during Shamrock Season.

McDonald’s fans might consider this one of the most wonderful times of the year. The Shamrock Shake and a McFlurry will be waiting for you in just a few days. Here’s hoping that those pesky ice cream machines are working at your local establishment.