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Battle of the St. Patrick’s Day Shakes: Shamrock Vs. Grasshopper

With the coming of St. Patrick’s Day 2013, it’s that time of the year again when we embrace a beverage not usually available during the other months. I’m not talking about green beer; I mean the green Shamrock Shake at McDonald’s — available for a limited time from February to March — made “classier” in recent years by being rebranded as the McCafé Shamrock Shake. However, the newer labeling and transparent cup doesn’t hide the fact that this is pretty much the same, minty green shake of yesteryear that used to come in a paper cup, brought back to appease the nostalgic masses (much like McDonald’s does with the McRib from time to time).

It was suggested to me to compare this popular shake to another kind: one made from scratch instead of being dispensed out of a dessert machine with a mechanical lever. For this comparison, I was suggested to pull from the archive of recipes here at Cooking Channel: Hedy Goldsmith’s recipe for the Grasshopper Chocolate Mint Chess Pie Milkshake.

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Fast Food St. Patrick’s Day Creations

St. Patrick's Day Fast Food

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and that can mean only one thing. Drinking to excess. OK, it can mean only two things. Drinking to excess and green food. Chain restaurants have long been a fan of the holiday, using it to unveil all manner of themed menu items. Flip through our gallery of some of our favorites throughout the years.

St. Patrick’s Day Fast Food Gallery