With the help of 16 four-leaf clover emojis, McDonald’s announced the return of the Shamrock Shake in a Twitter post on Tuesday. The seasonal treat will be available at participating locations nationwide starting on Feb. 15.
According to Fox News, the mint-flavored dessert beverage usually reappears on McDonald’s menus around this time of year to celebrate the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday.
CNN reports that McDonald’s began selling the seasonal treat regionally in 1970 and in 2012 the shake made its national debut. In a press release announcing the shake’s return, Chad Schafer, McDonald’s Sr. Director of Culinary, stated (via PR Newswire):
For more than 50 years, fans have eagerly awaited the annual return of the Shamrock Shake, counting on the arrival of Shamrock Shake Season to mark the unofficial start to spring. And we heard they especially enjoyed getting a taste of the one-and-only Shamrock flavor in a new way last year with the OREO® Shamrock McFlurry. We know this winter may feel longer than others so we’re thrilled to give customers something to look forward to by bringing both fan-favorites back to the menu this month.
Earlier this month, McDonald’s added spicy chicken nuggets to its national menu, as previously reported by the Deseret News. The spicy new menu item marks the first time McDonald’s has altered its nuggets’ flavor since the product made its debut in 1983.