The Real Difference Between Arby's Mint Milkshake And McDonald's Shamrock Shake

The greenest season is finally here. The impeding St. Patrick's Day is turning every imaginable delicacy into a welcome, emerald color, and that can only mean one thing — the return of the McDonald's Shamrock Shake. The seasonal icon is only available at this time of year, so it's best to enjoy it while it lasts. After all, soon, the Shamrock Shake is gone once more, and you're forced to face the rest of the year with just (admittedly delicious) copycat Shamrock Shakes to soothe your cravings. 

Of course, it's good to remember that as great as the fast food giant's St. Patrick's Day-themed treat is, it's not the only seasonal green shake out there. For instance, fans of Arby's have the Mint Milkshake to look forward to. But apart from the extra kick that comes from brand loyalty to your preferred fast food chain, is there really any difference to these two shakes? Yes. Yes, there is. Let's take a look at the real difference between Arby's Mint Milkshake and McDonald's Shamrock Shake.

Arby's Mint Milkshake is an absolute unit compared to the Shamrock Shake

The McDonald's Shamrock Shake is great, and like many great things, it's not a massively complex creation. The basic recipe consists of vanilla soft serve, "Shamrock Shake" flavoring (minty flavor syrup), and a whipped cream topping, per Thrillist. Meanwhile, Arby's Mint Milkshake has the same basic ingredients, but it takes things to the next level by topping it all with bits of Andes Crème De Menthe chocolate mints, as well as some tasty chocolate syrup. Overkill or overwhelming deliciousness? 

Onsecondscoop tried the Arby's shake and said it was very easy to drink. "I'd be lying if I said I didn't inhale this one," they confessed. "The weather has been nice here and this shake just hit the spot. Next time you're thinking about a Shamrock Shake, head to Arby's and get this shake instead. You won't be disappointed."

Of course, regardless of your opinion about Arby's Mint Milkshake and its chocolate blitz, there's still a place in this weary world for both. Each option is a delicious, sugary seasonal treat, and fans of either have nothing to be ashamed of. However, if you're ever in a mood to go all in and then some, Arby's Mint Milkshake just might be the more luxurious call.