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McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is back— and it’s celebrating a 50 year anniversary

The Shamrock Shake and McFlurry will be available from McDonald’s for a limited time

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McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is celebrating a 50-year anniversary this year.
Deseret News

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is back.

The iconic shake is returning to McDonald’s menu for the first time in three years to celebrate it’s 50-year anniversary, according to CNN.

And, as part of the festivities, the fast-food chain is also adding a new McFlurry version with Oreo cookies, CNN reported.

“We’ve been serving the iconic, cult-favorite Shamrock Shake for 50 years and it’s become synonymous with McDonald’s ever since,” McDonald’s Vice President of Menu Innovation, Linda VanGosen, said according to Fox Business.

The Shamrock Shake was originally created by Hal Bosen in 1967, and debuted at McDonald’s nationally in 1970, USA Today reported.

The shake was an “instant success,” and its sales in 1974 were enough to launch the first Ronald McDonald House charity, according to Fox Business.

Both the Shamrock Shake and McFlurry will be available for a limited time leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, according to USA Today.

When asked on Twitter why they couldn’t keep the shake on their menu year-round, McDonald’s replied, “Part of what makes our legendary Shamrock Shake magical is the anticipation. We’re proud to give customers feel-good moments and another reason to look forward to spring with the annual arrival of the Shamrock Shake.”