Review: Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s
For those of you under the age of 25, let me set you straight, the Shamrock Shake has nothing to do with the latest viral dance craze, even if you buy it from a McDonald’s north of Central Park. Instead, this is one of those, now iconic, McDonald’s menu items that have been around long enough to be placed on some sort of “Nostalgia Menu” along with the McRib. — Closed circuit to McDonalds executives: If you’re going to start a McDonalds Nostalgia Menu, I’d lobby for the McPizza and the McDLT (hot side hot, cold side cold) to be at the top of the list. According to Wikipedia, the Shamrock Shake was introduced in the 1970s and at one time was advertised using a slightly racially stereotypical character called Uncle O’Grimacey, which was just a green Grimace dressed as a leprechaun (see it here). Nowadays, the Shamrock Shake is marketed as part of McDonalds’ McCafe’; a classed up line of overpriced drinks. With this association comes the mistake of trying to mess with something that doesn’t need messing with.The Shamrock Shake has been doing well year after year (this is what it used to look like), but despite this, McDonalds has decided it can’t be a part of McCafe without whipped cream and a cherry.After a few spoonfuls of pure whipped cream, I mixed a little in with the first bite of my shake. As I suspected, the combination really didn’t work that well for me. I ate the rest of the whipped cream and decided not to taint the bulk of my treat with this new unnecessary twist. It had been a few years since I’d had a Shamrock Shake and the first few bites sent me back in time. Ryan’s bench buddy hadn’t forgotten how to make a good mint shake after all, he’d just hidden it beneath a Starbucks influenced heap of excess.I was impressed with the consistency; not too runny, not so thick you can’t suck it through a straw. I know there are some malt shop snobs who will say that a shake or malt should be eaten with a spoon, but I don’t mind something in the middle that can go either way.I know the green color is added, but unlike other things people dye green around St. Patrick’s Day, this one actually makes sense with the mint flavor. Even after 16 oz of minty goodness, I was surprised not to be sick of the flavor or overwhelmed by the sweetness. McDonald’s has established a nice balance of flavors here sans the whipped cream and cherry. Who knew a Scotsman could make a decent Irish treat?
Pros: Nostalgic, good consistency, balanced flavor.
Cons: Fancified McCafe twist (whipped cream and cherry).
Grubbing on-the-go: 9.00/10
Price: $2.19 (small)
Overall GrubGrade: 8.75/10
More Info: http://www.McDonalds.com
160 mg Sodium