This Might Be The Exact Date McDonald's Shamrock Shake Returns In 2022

In the months right after the holidays — the peak of festivities, excitement, and delicious seasonal treats sprinkled with wintery spices — time seems to go by painstakingly slow. Starbucks goes back to its standard coffees, Costco and Aldi are devoid of pumpkin pies and peppermint candies, and there really isn't much excitement in terms of food and drink. That's until February comes around and McDonald's gives everyone a new shake to look forward to: the Shamrock Shake.

Since March 1970, McDonald's has been offering this limited-edition seasonal shake almost regularly (via Vox). Released a month prior to St. Patrick's Day, the Shamrock Shake was on a brief hiatus in the 1990s, but has since made its way onto the fast food chain's menu each February without fail. In the 1970s, the Shamrock Shake used to be a blend of vanilla ice cream dyed with green color and a lemon-and-lime-flavored sorbet (via Chowhound). In 1983, McDonald's added mint to the shake, and the vanilla-y, minty Shamrock Shake that we know today came to be.

Last year, McDonald's rolled out its Shamrock Shake about a month before St. Patrick's Day (via Elite Daily). The chain hasn't officially announced a return date for its limited-edition green shake in 2022, but if last year is any indication, fans might see the drink back on the menu very soon.

McDonald's brings back the Shamrock Shake a month prior to St. Patrick's Day

Over the last few years, McDonald's has consistently brought back the Shamrock Shake during the second half of February. In 2021, fans were able to order the minty shake starting February 15, about a month prior to St. Patrick's Day which was on March 17 (via Elite Daily). Although McDonald's hasn't announced a date for its return, St. Patrick's Day falls on the same day this year, which may indicate that the Shamrock Shake will be back on the same date as last year. As with the previous year, the shake may stay on the menu until a little after St. Patrick's Day.

Because 2021 marked the shake's 50th anniversary, the Shamrock Shake was also accompanied by an Oreo Shamrock McFlurry — the same mix of vanilla soft serve, Shamrock Shake syrup, and whipped cream, but with Oreo cookies. Previously, McDonald's also rolled out a Chocolate Shamrock Shake with a special straw designed to give a balanced taste of mint and chocolate in each sip (via McDonald's). The chain might have something exciting in store this year, but Shamrock Shake fans will just have to wait and watch.

When the Shamrock Shake comes back, you can check the McDonald's app to see which store near you sells it. Until then, Delish recommends blending vanilla ice cream, heavy cream, peppermint extract, and green dye to make your own version of the iconic shake at home.