Shamrock Shakes are seasonal milkshakes made with vanilla ice cream and flavored with mint and given a hint of leafy green color. These festive drinks are only available from late February to mid-March from their famous drive-thru inventor, but you can make these milkshakes all year long and turn them into a refreshing ice pop for enjoying any time of year (or hey, just St. Paddy's day).
Shamrock shakes are vanilla ice cream-based, so choose your favorite vanilla ice cream for this recipe and partner it with whole milk, mint extract, and a few drops of green food coloring. Whip those ingredients up into a pourable milkshake-like mixture and freeze in your favorite Popsicle molds.
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Last-Minute St. Paddy's Day Treats
As a parent of two small children, I'm always looking for simple, joy-filled ways to celebrate minor holidays without much effort. This year I set out to find quick and easy recipes that can be made with common grocery store ingredients for festive treats perfect for a classroom party or just a get-together with friends.
2 cups vanilla ice cream, softened
1 cup whole milk
4 to 5 drops green food coloring
1/2 teaspoon mint extract
Place the ice cream, milk, food coloring, and mint extract in a blender. Blend into a smooth, milkshake-like consistency. Pour into Popsicle molds and freeze until solid, about 4 hours. Remove the shamrock pops from the molds and serve.
- *Serving size will be determined by the Popsicle molds used.
- Storage: Unmold the frozen Popsicles and wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in a zip-top freezer bag for long-term storage. Store in the freezer for up to a month.