UPDATE: The Shamrock Shake returns Feb. 15 to participating McDonald’s. Also on Feb. 15, McDonald’s says consumers can start to search to see what restaurants near them are serving the returning Hi-C Orange Lavaburst on McdFinder.com. The drink is starting to roll out in select locations this month and will be in participating restaurants across the country by June.
After bringing back the heat with Spicy Chicken McNuggets, McDonald’s is turning to cold and sweet.
The fast-food giant announced Tuesday that the popular Shamrock Shake will return to participating restaurants nationwide Feb. 15 “to mark the first green of spring.” It will be joined by the Oreo Shamrock McFlurry, which first debuted last February in honor of the shake’s 50th anniversary.
The seasonal desserts will be available for a limited time more than a month before St. Patrick’s Day.
“For more than 50 years, fans have eagerly awaited the annual return of the Shamrock Shake, counting on the arrival of Shamrock Shake Season to mark the unofficial start to spring,” McDonald’s Senior Director of Culinary Chad Schafer said in a news release.
The Shamrock Shake – created in 1967 by Hal Rosen, a Connecticut McDonald’s owner and operator, who made the shake for St. Patrick’s Day – debuted in select locations across the nation in 1970. It went nationwide for the first time in 2012, according to fun facts about the shake.
The light green drink is made with vanilla soft-serve ice cream, artificially flavored Shamrock Shake syrup and whipped topping.
McDonald’s describes the Oreo Shamrock McFlurry as a “twist” on the Shamrock Shake with Oreo cookie pieces blended throughout.
Spicy Chicken McNuggets and the Mighty Hot Sauce returned Feb. 1 and will be available for a limited time. The hot nuggets and sauce both debuted for their first run in mid-September and it was the first flavor McDonald’s USA introduced to the McNugget since the product debuted in 1983.
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