Homemade Shamrock Shakes

Shamrocks shakes are all the rage in our house…our new house!
After a day of moving we ate at McDonald’s and Mike bought a large shamrock shake. Then the next day he did it again. Then the day after that….
Moving is hard work, so why not cool off with a minty shake that only comes around once a year!

Of course, you don’t have to wait a full year for the next round from McD’s. Just get the stuff and make one yourself!
I remember the very first time I made homemade shamrock shakes. I added mint extract and it was so strong that I cleared out our guests’ sinuses pretty good! I kept the mint extract out since I’m already using mint-flavored ice cream, but if you do want to clear your sinuses out or have a little more minty kick to your shake, use a drop or two; don’t go overboard with it!!  For a large shake, you can use about 3 drops.

What’s also great about making homemade shamrock shakes is you can take charge of portion sizes and you’ll know exactly what’s in your shake! You can go whole milk or skim milk or use low fat or regular mint ice cream. With these I went the low fat/skim route, along with a little bit of whipped cream and green sanding sugar in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

Shamrock shakes for days!! Now that’s something we can agree on!
Homemade Shamrock Shakes
1 carton of mint chocolate chip ice cream
1/2 gallon of milk
Whipped cream
Sanding sugar or sprinkles
• Scoop about 6 scoops of ice cream into a blender. Add 1 cup of milk.
• Cap the blender tightly, and mix until blended together.
• Divide between 2 small glasses and top with whipped cream and sanding sugar.
• Don’t forget the straws!
* 6 scoops makes enough for two small 12 oz. glasses. 8 scoops makes enough for one large 16 to 18 oz. glass.

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