St. Patrick’s day is coming and you know you’re in the mood for an Oreo Shamrock Shake (you know Grasshopper Shake, Mint Oreo Shake…..whatever you want to call it – I prefer it with the cookies!), but make sure you make it the RIGHT WAY for maximum enjoyment!
I’m back in good old C-Ville right now (Charlottesville, VA), and it’s been a little nippy lately. But it almost warmed up enough to take my coat off the other day! Hopeful! I’m THINKING GREEN.
Also, of course our fun Irish holiday is coming up. I decided it’s the perfect holiday for March because 1) the weather is still so fickle that the hearty Irish food that accompanies the day is welcomed, 2) for some reason, I am super in the mood for mint and chocolate. (Well, maybe all of the time, but ESPECIALLY now.)
How did we start incorporating minty-ness into St. Patrick’s Day? Well, if for none other than the green, I’m still all for it. I’m glad though that in a “Shamrock Shake” there are not real shamrocks. I saw some at Trader Joe’s the other day; was tempted to buy one. But not for the shake. No, I don’t think that would actually taste very good. They were cute though. I resisted because I honestly don’t keep plants alive very well. I’ve got enough on my plates with three little chillin’s that I don’t think the plant would feel super loved.
So, anyway, instead of shamrocks, I went a traditional route since in the mood for a delicious shake – the mint Oreos and ice cream route. Failproof, right? WRONG. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve never had a bad shake with this combo, but isn’t it just disappointing when the cookies are just pulverized into the whole mix of it all? I mean, c’mon. I want chunks. But then, I hate wasting the minty goodness in the crumble as well. I want that freakin’ mixed in to my ice cream. Minty bliss. What to do….
My husband, Ben, had the epiphany the other day. “You know what we need to do, right?” he says as we go to make the shake. “We need to separate out the centers and mix with the ice cream, then just crumble in the chocolate cookies at the end.” And voila! THE RIGHT WAY to make an Oreo Shamrock Shake. Yep. It’s definitive. Don’t try to argue with me. 😉
Seriously guys. This may seem silly. But taking just a couple minutes to separate out the cookies from their minty creamy center – WORTH IT. I don’t think I’ll ever make it any other way ever again.
Here’s a quick side note – I love using my Blendtec to get a nice even blend. But some ice creams are like rock hard and by the time my Blendtec chops ’em up, my ice cream is SOOOO melted since it had to really work to get those chunks out. So to remedy, I like to let the ice cream sit out for just a few minutes in the blender so that it can kind of soften and then blend just until mixed, no longer. Then don’t even bother blending the cookies in. Just stir. Also, if you like your shakes thick, don’t even bother adding any milk. You gotta keep those cookie crumbles in place, not floating in minty soup, right?
How are you celebrating St. Patty’s day? Any traditions and/or special treats that you like to make? Share in the comments below!
Shamrock Shake (Mint Oreo Shake)
- about 10 Mint Oreo cookies
- ounces About 12 vanilla ice cream 3/4 quart, slightly softened
- ounces up to 2 milk 1/4 cup, optional
Take your Oreos and separate the cookies from the creme centers.
Set aside creme centers.
Crush the cookies to your desired size.
In your blender, combine ice cream, minty creme centers, and milk (optional - if you want shake extra thick, do not add any milk).
Pulse ingredients in blender until combined.
Stir in crushed cookies.
Enjoy your minty dessert!
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