Sunday, February 12, 2012

Annual Visit to the Minty Altar of Uncle O'Grimacey (Shamrock Shake)

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I had my annual Shamrock Shake from McDonald's today. It makes me feel sort of weird and old that this is the third consecutive shake that I have shared on the ol' blog. Hopefully I am not turning into weird, old, food-blog guy yet -- I am only closing in on 32.

Anyhow, apparently the big news this year is that the sweet nectar of Uncle O'Grimacey has gone "nationwide." I never even realized that the Shamrock Shake was not previously available everywhere. You learn something new everyday.

I have noticed that there tend to be small changes in the flavor/presentation of the shake from year to year so I thought I would begin to document them here.

As I stated in my 2011 post, I was a bit perturbed  when McD's made the switch to the clear plastic, dome lidded cup and they have stuck with that decision this year. I prefer to take my shakes out of waxed paper thank you very much. We still have the whipped cream, but no cherry this time(good, I hate cherries). The color seemed less aggressively green this annum, and I feel like the flavor was a bit minty-er and slightly less sweet. Maybe I am just imagining these changes, anyone else out there pay as much attention to the Shamrock Shake issue as do I? Can you confirm or refute

3 comments:

  1. Shamrock Shakes have long been a seasonal fixture of the McDonald's menu here in the Seattle metro area. I for one did not notice any change in color or taste. The cup change came about last year when they started offering the fake lattes and mochas.

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  2. I had no idea they weren't nation-wide! Also ,I hate the plastic cups... only because a large is smaller than large and you can't get a super sized shake anymore. What?

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  3. I usually have about five Shamrock Shakes each year. I have not yet had one here in New York (I used to live outside Chicago), but at the Chicago McDonald's I frequented, no two Shamrock Shakes were alike. Some seemed to have more of the mint flavor than others, some were uniformly green throughout, others were basically vanilla with a big glob of superconcentrated mint flavor (like toothpaste) at the bottom of the cup. I guess for me it depended a lot on who was making my shake that particular day.

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