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Copycat Shamrock Shake Recipe

This is the ultimate Shamrock Shake recipe! Perfectly creamy and minty, this easy-to-follow guide brings the classic treat right to your home.

Shamrock Shake Recipe

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and you know what that means: it’s time to break out the green attire, pretend we understand Gaelic, and, most importantly, indulge in the tasty McDonald’s Shamrock Shake.

But what if I told you that you don’t have to brave the drive-thru or even wear pants to enjoy this minty dessert? That’s right, folks – I’m here to guide you through the sacred art of crafting your very own shamrock shake at home.

And because we’re overachievers here at DIY Candy, we’re throwing in a twist that will make your taste buds sing a Celtic chant: crushed Oreo cookies.

The shamrock shake, in its purest form, is a minty, creamy spectacle of dairy magic that has captured hearts for decades.

shamrock milkshake

But much like a classic rock ballad covered by a surprisingly good indie band, adding crushed Oreos can take something great and make it unforgettable. Think of it as the 2.0 version – the same great taste with a crunchy, chocolatey upgrade.

This shamrock milkshake recipe is a no-fuss adventure into the world of homemade fast-food favorites, with the added satisfaction of knowing you made it yourself (and can therefore make as many as you want, judgment-free).

By the time we’re done, you’ll have more than just a delicious shake – you’ll have dessert bragging rights and possibly a new St. Patrick’s Day tradition. Scroll down to unleash the magic. Let’s shake things up a bit, shall we?

Tips for Making Delicious Milkshakes

Are you looking to make the tastiest milkshake ever? I’ve got some tips for you. Here’s what I always make sure to pay attention to.

Use Quality Ingredients

Use high-quality, fresh ingredients for the best milkshake flavor and texture. You’ll for sure want to get fresh ice cream, milk, and pure extracts (instead of imitation).

shamrock milkshake recipe

Keep Everything Cold

Make sure your ice cream is frozen and the milk is cold to prevent the milkshake from melting too quickly.

Start Off Slow

I use a Blendtec and I absolutely love it! Start with a low-speed setting and gradually increase to high to avoid air bubbles and overmixing.

Blend just long enough to combine all the ingredients, as over-blending can make the milkshake thin and runny.

Adjust the Consistency

Add more ice cream for a thicker milkshake, and more milk for a thinner one. For more texture, you can also add a few scoops of ice rather than ice cream to keep the calorie count lower.

Remember that making the best milkshake is a matter of personal taste, so adjust the ingredients and proportions to suit your preferences.

homemade shamrock shake

Enjoy the process of creating your own homemade milkshakes! Here’s what you’re going to need for this recipe:


  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
  • 3 – 4 drops green food coloring
  • 1 cup crushed Oreos

Tips and Thoughts for This Recipe

Don’t be afraid to throw a little booze in for a *very* Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Throw in some peppermint Schnapps or Irish whiskey to make it alcoholic.

You’re going to want to make and consume this immediately. This isn’t a dessert you should make beforehand and consume later.

If you don’t have a food processor for the Oreos, I recommend using a ziploc bag and rolling pin (or other heavy object) to break them up. Put them in the bag and smash!

mcdonald milkshake recipe

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Yield: 2 milkshakes

Shamrock Shake

shamrock milkshake

Indulge in the best homemade Shamrock Shake recipe! Learn how to blend up this creamy, minty delight for a perfect St. Patrick's Day treat.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Blend Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes


  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
  • 3 - 4 drops green food dye
  • 1 cup crushed Oreos


  1. Add the ice cream, milk, extracts, and green food coloring into your blender.Ice cream, milk, crushed oreos
  2. Blend for about 1 minute, or until smooth.Ice cream, milk, extract blended with green food coloring
  3. Pour the crushed Oreos into the shake and stir together with a spoon until evenly distributed. (Do not blend the Oreos in or it will make the whole shake a shade of green that is black and brownish).Crushed oreo added to the glass
  4. Top with desired toppings and serve immediately.Spoon holding green milkshake with Oreo above the glass


Any additional toppings (like more Oreos or whipped cream) are not included in the nutrition information.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 milkshake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 555Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 325mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 2gSugar: 53gProtein: 11g

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