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Homemade "Shamrock Shakes"

[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

In my experience, I've found McDonald's Shamrock Shakes to be a resounding disappointment. The mint flavoring was mild at best and a bit too toothpaste-y for my liking. And as a New Englander, I'm always disappointed when shakes aren't double or triple thick (frappe anyone?). Still something about Shamrock Shakes captivate me. Perhaps I'm just sucker for marketing and/or alliteration which is why I wanted to make a Shamrock Shake I lived up to the minty goodness I had built up in my mind.

This homemade recipe uses few ingredients and comes together without the corn syrup (high fructose or otherwise) and additives and preservatives included in the real deal. Pleasantly minty and thick enough for quality slurping/straw cloggage, this is a shake that goes down easy.

Note: If you're a super mint fan you can whisk in 1/2 teaspoon of mint extract before transferring mixture to ice cream maker for churning.

This recipe is adapted from Bravetart's Homemade Oreo "Blizzard" recipe.

About the author: Alexandra Penfold is mild-mannered literary agent by day, food ninja by night. Never one to skip dessert she's the Brownie half of Blondie & Brownie, a Midtown Lunch contributor, and co-author of the forthcoming book New York à la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks. You can follow her on Twitter at @blondiebrownie.

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