It is time once again for my annual Shamrock Shake appreciation blog. I have to write one each year, because each year I am reminded anew how wonderful the â€œavailable for a limited time onlyâ€ treat really is.
I was sitting on the back of the newsroom this morning working at the photo computer when co-worker Beth reminded me with great excitement that it was Shamrock Shake time. As we discussed it, there was a hoot of appreciation from Daily Globe Editor Ryan McGaugheyâ€™s office. He too is a fan of the minty goodness only available in March.
So much so that he offered to go on a Shamrock Shake run and get us each a treat.
â€œJustine, do you want one?â€ he asked as he took orders.
Do I want one? Heck yeah!
Shamrock Shakes bring back memories of childhood, of an adventure I had once with my Dad, of the joy of anticipation and of St. Patrickâ€™s Day appreciation. All of that in a paper cup. Well, maybe not a paper cup.
There was quite the public outcry last year when the shakes came back, but were served in the clear McCafe cups and topped with whipped cream and a cherry. Loyal connoisseurs found the topping a distraction, complained the minty flavor had been watered down from previous years and didnâ€™t like the McCafe cup. Others enjoyed the little bit of jazz the whipped cream and cherry added to the experience.
Last year, the local McDonalds here didnâ€™t use the new cups or add the topping, so I didnâ€™t pay much attention to the complaints. This year, when Ryan delivered my shake, it was indeed in the new cup and topped with whipped cream and a cherry.
I thought the clear cup was pretty, the swirls of vanilla ice cream and mint were pretty, and the whipped cream and cherry were pretty. I can imagine a few circumstances where whipped cream would be distracting, but in this case it seemed to work.
Sometimes I wonder if the people complaining about the recipe changing or tasting different are just remembering things a little bit wrong. I guess Iâ€™ve never noticed any big changes in all of my Shamrock Shaking years.
Thank you, McDonalds, for inventing the Shamrock Shake. Mine was delicious.