March 17, 2017
Homemade Shamrock Shake
March 17: Feast Day of St. Patrick
McDonald’s offers the Shamrock Shake at select restaurants for a limited time only during a few weeks in February and March to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. But if we want to slurp up a smooth, mint flavored, light green colored ice cream dessert, we make our own Shamrock Shake at home to enjoy any time of the year. Get in a green mood and make a festive food like this easy homemade Shamrock Shake for St. Patrick’s Day.
- 2 cups vanilla ice cream
- ¾ – 1 cup milk
- ¼ – ½ teaspoon mint extract
- green food coloring
- whipped cream
- green sugar or shamrock-shaped sprinkles
- maraschino cherry (red or green)
In a blender, combine the ice cream, milk and mint extract. Put a few drops of green food coloring to get the desired shade of green for the shake.
Blend until smooth. Pour into a tall glass. Generously swirl whipped cream on top. Optional: Garnish with green sugar or shamrock-shaped sprinkles and a maraschino cherry. Insert a straw and serve immediately.
- McDonald’s debuted the Shamrock Shake in 1970. It was a lemon/lime sherbet instead of today’s mint flavored ice cream shake.
- That Irish elf sitting by our homemade Shamrock Shake above is Lucky the Leprechaun, mascot of General Mills’ Lucky Charms cereal.
- Search our blog for more Irish-inspired or green-colored recipes to make in observation of the Feast Day of St. Patrick.
March 17, 2012
March 17: Feast Day of St. Patrick
Slainte! St. Patrick’s Day is a time to celebrate Highlander’s heritage. He has traced his ancestry to the Ulster-Scots (Scots-Irish). Today is also a time to eat brownies boozed up with beer from Dublin, Ireland—Guinness. The dry Irish stout, mixed with a “trinity” of chocolate (unsweetened, semi-sweet and white), makes this dessert dense and delicious! Shake some shamrock sprinkles on top for an edible emerald color contrast. Get into the “spirit” of St. Patrick’s Day and indulge in Guinness brownies.
(Adapted from Detroit News)
- 1 cup flour
- ¾ cup unsweetened/baking cocoa powder (we used Nestle Toll House brand)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 8 ounces (8 squares) of unsweetened chocolate (we used Baker’s brand)
- ¾ cup white chocolate chips (we used Nestle Toll House brand premiere white morsels)
- 6 tablespoons butter (we used Kerrygold brand Irish unsalted butter)
- 1 cup sugar (we lessened the amount to ¾ cup)
- 4 eggs, room temperature
- 1 ¼ cup Guinness beer, room temperature
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (we used Ghirardelli brand)
- candy shamrock sprinkles (optional)
Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with foil. Mist with cooking spray. In a bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder and salt. Set aside. Melt together the unsweetened chocolate squares, white chocolate chips and butter.
Stir until smooth. Beat the eggs. Add the sugar. Mix in the melted chocolate.
Gradually add the flour-cocoa mixture. Stir in the Guinness beer and blend well. The batter will be thin. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Spread evenly with a spatula.
Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees F for 25-30 minutes. Remove from the oven. Cool completely. Slice with a plastic knife. While the brownies are still warm, sprinkle candy shamrocks (optional). Yield: 24 square brownies.
- The background in the final food photo above features Highlander’s family tartan, a plaid with green, blue and white colors.
- Instead of the shamrock sprinkles, dust the Guinness brownies with powdered sugar before serving.
- Search our blog for more brownie and Irish-inspired recipes.