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Shamrock Shakes Are Back At McDonald’s

BRB, we're headed to McDonald's!

It may not be March quite yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day—with a little help from McDonald’s.

The fast-food chain’s beloved Shamrock Shake is officially available again at participating restaurants and, considering this minty green goodness will only be around for a limited time, you’d better make sure to get your fill ASAP!

The green-colored milkshake that’s made using vanilla soft serve and a mint-flavored “Shamrock Shake syrup” has been around since 1970, and has managed to gain quite a cult following. According to the Huffington Post, McDonald’s has managed to sell more than 60 million Shamrock Shakes over the years.

But, according to Vox, the Shamrock Shake wasn’t always the minty concoction so many know and love today. There are accounts of the shake using lemon-lime sherbet, having a plain vanilla flavor accompanied by green food coloring and, finally, becoming the mint-flavored drink we know today in 1983.

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Flickr | caffeinated_zeitgeist

And given how excited people get for this treat every year, it’s likely they’ll keep the recipe the same. Why change a good thing? It’s like spring’s answer to the McRib! As with that limited-time treat, it’s become very apparent that the hype surrounding the Shamrock Shake is real.

Just look at how many people love the drink online:

And they’d love it—no matter the ingredients.

Some even admit that perhaps they enjoy these shakes a little too much.

Some think of this as the best “season” of the year.

There are some serious fans of this drink, and that’s been a major win for McDonald’s. Burt Flickinger III, managing director of the Strategic Resource Group, a retail and consumer goods consultancy, told USA Today that the fast-food chain earns higher sales when this drink is available.

“McDonald’s definitely gets a profitable sales boost, especially between now and March, when everyone wants to be Irish,” Flickinger told the newspaper.

McDonald’s is making it easier than ever before to locate Shamrock Shakes this year, too. You can now download the Shamrock Shake Finder app to find locations selling the shake near you. It also gives you access to St. Patrick’s Day-themed emojis and more.

patricks day photo
Getty Images | Brian Kersey

If you’re not interested in tracking down a McDonald’s near you that’s carrying this limited-edition dessert, it’s actually pretty simple to make one for yourself at home—no matter what time of year it is!

PopSugar has a great tutorial to recreate the shake in your own kitchen:

According to the nutritional information from McDonald’s, a Shamrock Shake ranges from 460 to 800 calories, depending on which size you get.

Will you be celebrating Shamrock Shake season? Whether you grab one at your local McDonald’s or copycat it at home—there’s no wrong way to enjoy some vanilla-mint sweetness!