Friday, March 16, 2012

So, What Does A Shamrock Taste Like?

Part of the St. Patricks Day Blog Hop!

I'm always curious because around this time of year, everything turns green. I remember my elementary school cafeteria serving green eggs and ham years ago. They probably couldn't get away with it today, parents would be up in arms, but I remember thinking at the time that Dr. Seuss must have been Irish, because they served it on St. Patty's day.
I know what green beer tastes like. I've even eaten green mashed potatoes and green bread before.
But what the heck does a shamrock taste like? McDonalds always rolls out their Shamrock Shake about this time of year, which I think everybody in the country has tasted at least once. Supposedly it was an 'old family recipe' rolled out in the '70's that kind of flopped for the company. So to keep the mystery alive, through several trial and error marketing campaigns, McDonald's decided to only have the confection around St. Patrick's Day, and then only in certain restaurants. I think they finally decided to have it at all restaurants, but still only for a short time.
ANYWAY! Did this old family recipe actually call for mint in the recipe? Was that the closest thing they could find to the actual taste of shamrocks? Or is this simply false advertising? 'Ah, it's green. They won't know the difference.' What if they wanted to add a mint milkshake to the menu. Would they put a shamrock on the side?
As a word of caution, if you decide to taste test a Shamrock Shake, be warned. It has 840 calories and 24 grams of fat!
I'm looking for what you think a shamrock actually tastes like. Oooh, or if somebody has actually tasted one, even better! Let me know what you think! One fantastic commenter will win a $5 gift card to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Perhaps you can pick up my latest release!

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Anonymous said...

I try the Shamrock shake every couple of years and I am just not impressed by it. It isn't very minty and it's always runny. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I do think of mint when I think of Shamrocks.

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Mackenzie Crowne said...

Ick. A green shake makes me nauseous just thinking about it. I'm not going to try it, and you can't make me. :-) LOL


JM said...

Anon and Mac, I totally agree with you both. Every once in a while I get a wild hare up my butt and order one, I think in the hopes that it couldn't possibly be as bad as I remembered it. Yeah, always a disappointment. Thanks for stopping ladies.

Savannah Chase said...

I so wanted to try the new shake and have not had the chance to...I love the ones they have that are eggnog for the holidays..Omg they are so thick and so good.

Anonymous said...

Shamrocks are very sour at first and then slowly go down to a really yummy leafy taste that makes you think of the most wonderful green color. I know this because I go around the garden picking and eating the shamrocks...... My brother and my cousin say they are the most delicious leaf they have ever tasted and that they are amazing boiled and put in pasta!

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