This Might Be The Exact Date Chick-Fil-A's Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake Returns In 2021

"I've never been more ready for Chick-fil-A to bring back their peppermint chocolate chip milkshake," wrote Ginger Mama (@C_M_L_B94) via Twitter on October 6. That was nearly two weeks ago, and fans might be starting to feel just the teeniest bit antsy over whether and when Chick-fil-A's seasonal favorite, the Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake, might return for 2021. While Ginger Mama's heartfelt tweet which did earn itself three "likes," it received exactly zero responses from anyone, let alone Chick-fil-A itself. Of course, it's nothing new that Chick-fil-A is remaining tight-lipped over whether and when this pink-hued, peppermint-bark-studded, whipped-cream-and-maraschino-cherry-topped fan favorite might make its appearance for the cold-weather season. 

Year after year, fans take to social media soon after the last summer milkshakes have been dispensed (via Twitter) to wonder aloud when their craving for Chick-fil-A's "Icedream"-based shake might be satisfied. This year is no different, and the fast food chicken giant is no doubt aware of this fact (via Chick-fil-A's The Chickenwire). Yet the radio silence continues, other than an email sent to Mashed from a Chick-fil-A media liaison who promised to alert us once they "make that announcement." Nevertheless, after untold years of observing this sort of "when-will-it-drop" drama play out, we now have a working theory as to when the Chick-fil-A Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake will return for 2021.

Mark your calendars, Chick-fil-A fans!

While we don't have a crystal ball, we do have reason to believe Chick-fil-A's fall and winter fan favorite, the Peppermint Chocolate Chip milkshake, will return in 2021. First, Chick-fil-A has acknowledged how important this wintry treat is to customers. Just last year, Chick-fil-A's director of menu and packaging, Leslie Neslage, flat-out acknowledged in a statement that the "Peppermint Chip Milkshake" has earned the status of Chik-fil-A "annual tradition" (via Atlanta Journal-Constitution). Further, Neslage noted that "during a year when the way we celebrate may feel a bit different, we hope these two seasonal favorites will help bring a touch of familiarity."

As for an exact date on which the Peppermint Chocolate Chip milkshake might return to Chick-fil-A restaurants in 2021, we turned to history to see if there is a pattern. In 2017, the Peppermint Chocolate Chip milkshake appeared in Chick-fil-A restaurants on Sunday, December 3. The following year, as well as the year after that, the date was moved up by more than two weeks — to November 12 (a Monday in 2018, a Tuesday in 2019). Last year, the date fell to Monday, November 16, although Chick-fil-A made its official announcement on Tuesday, November 10 (via The Chickenwire). It's reasonable to predict the exact date of the 2021 return of the Peppermint Chocolate Chip to be sometime between Wednesday, November 10, and Monday, November 15. Stay tuned!