Friday, March 17, 2006

Where's the Shamrock Shake?

Since today is Saint Patrick's day, I couldn't help but recall the Shamrock Shake. Unlike the Lenten season, fast food restaurants have not (to my knowledge) made any effort to celebrate St. Pat's day... except for McDonald's with their Shamrock Shake.

But the green, mint flavored, 'triple thick' shake is getting harder to find. Posters at The Gothamist have had a hard time finding one, but some Chicagoist readers have been 'luckier,' they've even been advertised on the radio, evidently. Leave us a comment (below) if you find the Shamrock in your town.

The Shamrock Shake was such an icon as a seasonal promotional product at one time that it actually ranked its own mascot: Uncle O'Grimacey (pictured at left). There's more info on Uncle O'Grimacey on a site dedicated to bringing back the Shamrock Shake.

For some great Shamrock Shake humor, check out this satire from a 1997 Onion article: Sinn Fein Leaders Demand Year-Round Shamrock Shake Availability.

McDonald's only mention of the shake on their site says it is served during the green season in Ireland.

21 comments:

Burrito Eater said...

Shamrock Shakes are in Madison, Wisconsin! I hate them though, I had one last year and I actually hated it so much and they exchanged it for a Chocolate. I also have finally worked up the nerve to eat a McRib just so I can know what it is like, hoping they'll bring it back. My favorite is the Cheddar Melt though!

Tai said...

Shamrock Shakes are here in Dayton, Ohio!

I"m not into mint, so i don't drink them....but they're definitely popular around here~

Anonymous said...

The Shamrock Shake has been coming to Cleveland, Oh reliably since I've lived here (10 yrs). Usually it appears for the full month of March.

Unfortunately, we don't get the McRib around here on a regular basis. I recently visited PA and they had the McRib, but it wasn't in our area. That was one of my favorites....

Melissa said...

The shamrock shake is alive and well in Latrobe, PA! We also have Rolling Rock, but that's another story. lol

JITBer said...

honey, the only decent special-edition shakes are at jack in the box, not ucky mickey d's

Abbaca said...

Okay, no McSlandering please! I work at a McDonald's in Alton IL and we have the shamrock shake all the way through March. They are really popular, so we may carry it into April.

Being an employee, the McRib is my favorite limited time sandwich too, but they're horrible to make!

Anonymous said...

I'm drinking one now and it's delicious. We have them here in Pickerington Ohio and Reynoldsburg Ohio.

Anonymous said...

They are available in Lewisburg, PA. For those of you that are travelling on Interstate 80, get off at the Lewisburg exit and drive about 5 minutes south on Route 15. McDonalds will be on your right.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if they are anywhere in Virginia or North Carolina? Just moved from Chicago and now I'm losing it b/c I can't find a place that carries it! Any info will help (PA is only a 6 hr drive...)

Anonymous said...

The only place I know of in tidewater in virginia is at NAB Little Creek, on base, military only.

Anonymous said...

NONE in San Diego California. Too much diversity in this stupid state and it offends multicultural groups here! Just another example of political correctness gone mad.

Anonymous said...

In the Charleston SC area, the number of participating restaurants has decreased ever year for a few years, until this year, when I could find one nowhere. This is the first year I can remember I haven't had one. After I discovered that McDonald's had been mis-representing their fries as gluten-free for years, that was the only reason I ever went in a McDonald's. Now I have no reason at all. I'll just get a mint shake at Hardees.

Anonymous said...

you can buy shamrock shakes year-round in Shamrock, TX

Anonymous said...

u can buy them in algonquin, IL - i prolly will never try one tho since i dont like mint

Anonymous said...

I've been told they've shown up at the McD's on 3rd and Townsend in SF, CA.

Anonymous said...

Shamrock Shakes can be found at McDonalds on grand avenue in Des Moines IA

Anonymous said...

yes in champaign, IL

phew! but last year they sold out far before st.pat's day, so get em soon! (my mom bought larges and froze them when i was a kid- so we could drink them through april)!

Anonymous said...

no shamerock shakes on long island (new york) on st patrick's day. i'm sad....

Anonymous said...

In ten years, I've never seen one in Central Texas. No idea why. Never seen Arctic Orange shakes either.

shamrock said...

I don't think most of Texas gets the shakes... We're trying to start a fairly organized effort to bring them to Texas. Please join the Revolution. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shamrock-Shake-Revolution/292108421350?ref=nf

and follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/shamrockdfw

Rachel said...

Doylestown, PA AND Boothwyn, PA both have them during the holiday! (both eastern side of the state)

I went to college up in Doylestown and all of my friends fell in love with the minty fresh shake. When we graduated and St. Patties day came around they were all jealous that my home town had it but theirs did not! One reason to miss college!