I’ll have my Shamrock Shake and drink it, too

I love Shamrock Shakes.

There. I said it. And you know what? I’m going to own it and put my straw where my mouth is.

To all you calorie-counting crazies and health-conscious foodies using spinach and kale in place of all the delicious mystery ingredients (I hear there are many) that make a Shamrock Shake a Shamrock Shake — You can all look the other way when I roll into McDonald’s and state with dignity, “I’ll have one Shamrock Shake please.”

Dignity you say?

Yes, dignity. Ain’t no shame or guilt here.

And when the cashier asks if I would like whipped cream?

Why yes, indeed I would.

St. Patrick’s Day comes but once a year, and depriving myself of a green-dyed minty milkshake is like not eating candy corn at Halloween. It’s like not eating turkey at Thanksgiving. It’s like not eating candy canes at Christmas time. It’s like not eating a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day. It’s like not eating jelly beans on Easter. It’s like not eating a whipped dessert with berries that looks like an American flag on Independence Day.


Obviously I base my seasonal celebrations on food, and you can bet I’m going to keep with tradition as I slurp up a Shamrock Shake. The Shamrock Shake originated at McDonald’s in 1970 and has withstood the test of time through continued popularity. Obviously, I am not alone in my love for this seasonal shake that marks an annual celebration and tradition.

Cheers to the Irish.

American salute to the Irish.

Naysayers, I beg you, please stop trying to ruin the joy of drinking a Shamrock Shake for the rest of us. Please take your “This is why you shouldn’t drink a Shamrock Shake” articles and verbiage on all the millions of chemical-filled ingredients that encompass a shake and add up to the 47,000 odd calories and 9,000 grams of sugar elsewhere.

There are some things that aren’t meant for open discussion or change of popular opinion. This is one of them.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May you celebrate the Irish with shamrocks and green.

About britta326

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