Mint Madness

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 🍀

Even though I’m not even a little bit Irish, I love this holiday for one primary reason: MINT! All the delicious minty treats take over this month, and I’ve done my best to find (and sample) them all this season.

Without further ado, here are all the minty treats you can try today!

Shamrock Shake

McCafe Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s: The St. Patty’s Day staple. With a cherry on top.

Chocolate Shamrock Shake from McDonald's

McCafe Chocolate Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s: You read that right! This year, McD’s introduced a full line of Shamrock goodies, including this cool half-chocolate, half-mint shake. I like to call this one the #ShamChocShake.

McCafe Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappe from McDonald’s: A Shamrock Shake with caffeine! Yes on so many levels.

McCafe Shamrock Hot Chocolate

McCafe Shamrock Hot Chocolate from McDonald’s: A warm cup of cocoa with a burst of mint.

McCafe Shamrock Mocha from McDonald’s: A hot alternative to meet your caffeination needs, similar to the wintertime peppermint variety.

Arby's Mint Swirl Shake

Mint Chocolate Swirl Shake from Arby’s: Yep. It tastes just as good as it looks.

Mint Oreo Blizzard from Dairy Queen

Mint Oreo Blizzard from Dairy Queen: This Blizzard of the Month is one of my all-time favorites, second only to Christmastime’s Candy Cane Oreo. Can one EVER go wrong with a Blizzard?

Mint Shake from Culver’s: A smooth, refreshing shake without all those unnecessary bells and whistles.

Mint Chip Shake from Culver’s: A twist on the classic mint shake with a chopped Hershey bar mixed in.

Mint Concrete Mixer Made with Oreos from Culver's

Mint Concrete Mixer Made With Oreo from Culver’s: Perhaps the most decadent treat on this list, creamy custard meets crunchy Oreos and smooth minty goodness right here.

Burger King's Oreo Mint Shake

Oreo Mint Shake from Burger King: One of the most affordable – and tasty – mint desserts to be found! Dare I suggest that this may even rival the Blizzard? 😮

And an honorable mention goes to Caribou Coffee’s Mint Condition (available hot, iced, or blended). It’s available year-round but still meets our minty St. Patrick’s Day requirements. 😊

Did I miss any must-try mint treats? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll add them to my list! 🍀 Continue reading Mint Madness

THE Shamrock Shake

I have a confession to make.

Until last week, I had never before consumed a Shamrock Shake.

I realize this is unacceptable, which is why I finally jumped on the bandwagon and took a trip through the Willmar McDonald’s drive-thru the other day to sample one of the trademark green shakes.

And the verdict?

Yep. It’s as good as they say.

Green, minty, and smooth, with a subtle vanilla flavor and a lot of creamy texture.

I was surprised by the very vibrant shade of green. I always pictured the Shamrock Shake in a soft mint green hue, but nope! Mine practically glowed in the dark it was so bright. Clearly it was full of kale or spinach or some natural green coloring…;)

The other thing that surprised me was the flavor. The Shamrock Shake isn’t mouthwash-level mint. It’s just plain, ordinary mint!

Mint + creamy vanilla soft-serve + whipped cream and a cherry on top.

Not bad, McDonald’s. Not bad!

Rumor has it that McDonald’s sells Shamrock Shakes through the end of March (sometimes earlier if supplies run out), so if you’re a first-timer like me, snatch up a Shamrock Shake of your own soon before they’re gone!