Tuesday, March 20, 2012

McDonalds Shamrock Shake (review)


shamrock shake

Lately I've heard a lot of buzz about the limited time Mc Donald's "shamrock shake." Let me tell you I usually don't buy into dumb promotions like this (I've never even had a mc rib) but I heard a lot of good feedback so I made it my mission to try one. Why would it be bad?

I called up my local Mc Donald's and I asked if they still carried the shake due to St. Patrick's Day being over. Once they confirmed that they indeed carried said minty beverage I raced over there as fast as I could....the next day. I'm kind of glad I did.

So the husband and I caught an "In n Out" burger before driving a few feet to the adjacent Mc Donald's. When the drive thru guy showed us our shakes the presentation was decent. It was basically a plain vanilla shake with some mint flavored syrup topped with whipped cream and a red maraschino cherry. We handed him $4 and some odd cents for two small shakes and he handed them to us....

I took the first sip, and got a straw full of whipped cream. Yuck. Ok, lets give it a second try. Then I got a straw full of mint sugar syrup which was at the bottom of the cup. BARF. It was like some terrible, minty, store brand, cough syrup! Ok, maybe the shake without the syrup will taste better (it was the plain vanilla at the top). Twas, simply mediocre at best. Finally I thought, OK what if it just needs to be stired?! Nope. Nope. Nope! It was still just terrible. I wish I had just bought four chocolate sundaes instead. But I just HAD to try the talked about "shamrock shake." It makes perfect sense why Mc Donalds still had the promotional St. Patricks Day beverage three days after it was over.

Lesson learned. Maybe Mc Donald's just sucks at mint shakes? Maybe if I made a homemade version it would taste better? Sounds like an experiment waiting to happen...