Mint flavored ice cream is my favorite ice cream, hands down. So when McDonald’s comes out with their Shamrock Shakes every spring, I can’t help but venture through the drive-thru to get one…even though under normal circumstances I wouldn’t be caught dead there. Unless I’m pregnant, and having a craving for a sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit…but let’s not go there.
But I knew they had to be better made at home, and I almost always have all the ingredients necessary to throw them together. Vanilla ice cream, peppermint extract, a few drops of green food coloring, and a little whipped cream to top it all off. Just as I suspected it was even better made at home, and even easier than going through the drive-thru.
Not to mention the fact that I can make and enjoy them all year long! I hope everyone has a great weekend, we’re hoping for some warmer weather like we had a taste of this week. We’re trying to get our dining room finished up and repainted – green, of all colors. How appropriate for St. Patrick’s Day!
Homemade Shamrock Shakes
3 cups vanilla ice cream
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
5 drops green food coloring
green sprinkles, for garnish
Combine ice cream, 1 1/4 cups milk, mint extract and green food coloring in a blender and blend until combined. Add remaining 1/4 cup of milk if the shake is too thick. Use more green food coloring to get desired color.
Top with whipped cream and green sprinkles before serving.
Source: slightly adapted from Fake Ginger