mcdonald's shamrock shake
i have always had a passing desire to try this seasonal item, but was spurred after watching an episode of chow.com supertaster.
$2.99 got me a small shake. i skipped the whipped cream and cherry. the color varied from bright green to pale green within the clear cup and the consistency was like melted ice cream. i had thought it would be as thick as the regular shakes - hard to suck up the straw at first, but no.
i enjoy mint ice cream quite a bit, from the bright green supermarket brands to the white of hagen daz, but this shake had been described as more toothpasty, which worried me.
but it was ok! a melty, pepperminty, messy, sweet treat. i dug it, my dog liked it, but i would not order it again, especially at the price. good to try and satisfy that curiosity.
For me, it is one of those things that my childhood palette liked but that my adult one knows is pretty bad. Yet, because it is tradition and my mom used to get us one every year, I get a small one every year just to say that I have.
When I was a kid my mom wouldn't let us watch beauty pageants because she said they were junk. The only exception was Miss America. When I asked her why that was okay she said it was because it was traditional junk. The shake it traditional junk.
I too tried my first - and definitely only - shamrock shake last week. I am only half-kidding when I conclude that employees save up their nearly-empty toothpaste tubes and bring them in every March, squeezing the dregs into the shake machine. Not only did it taste like Colgate, it had a vaguely chalky texture.
If you like mint, they are probably good. I know lots of people love them, and look forward to them every year. Not being a big mint fan, it's not something I look for. I do think that it seems to be the most popular "special" shake that they have. For me, I'll take an Arctic Orange in the summer, or an Eggnog around the holidays.