McDonald's launches Oreo Shamrock McFlurry to celebrate 50 years of the Shamrock Shake

The iconic green beverage is getting a sweet makeover.
/ Source: TODAY

McDonald's Shamrock Shake turns 50 this year and to celebrate, the chain is adding something new to the iconic green beverage: Oreo cookies.

On Wednesday, McDonald's announced it will be launching a new limited-edition Oreo Shamrock McFlurry alongside the original Shamrock Shake when it returns to stores on Feb. 19. The chocolate-mint lovers' dream shake is a blend of vanilla soft-serve ice cream, minty Shamrock syrup and crushed-up pieces of Oreo cookies.

Many fans of the drink are simply wondering why it took McDonald's so long to combine two beloved frozen treats.

Dive into a flurry of minty flavor and Oreo cookies. McDonald's

The Oreo Shamrock McFlurry was first tested out in September, a McDonald's spokesperson confirmed to TODAY Food, as the Oreo Mint McFlurry. Before that, the Shamrock Shake got a makeover in 2017, when Mickey D's launched a flavor that was half chocolate, half Shamrock swirled together. In 1980, the company created a Shamrock Sundae with vanilla ice cream and Shamrock syrup swirls.

The last new McFlurry to debut in U.S. stores, the Stroopwafel McFlurry, came from the Netherlands and it was first tested in September 2018. It was offered at stores nationwide the following summer.

During the Oreo Mint McFlurry's test-run in Southern California and Dallas, the YouTuber behind Peep This Out Reviews snagged one for $2.69 and gave it a taste. Market prices vary, but the Shamrock Oreo McFlurry costs about $2.30 for a snack size and $3.00 for a regular.

"A very lovely green situation. Very, very striking," the YouTuber said while mixing up the shake and showing off its vibrant hue. "The mint is pretty nice in this right now but I gotta admit the presentation is killer."

Appearances aside, the real magic happened when he took a bite.

"Oh, yes. Mmm. Yes, yes, yes, yes. Lovely," he praised. "The flavor is coming through pretty amazing with this — just a hint of mint."

Eager Shamrock Shake fiends who can't wait until after Valentine's Day to get their fix at McDonald's can always concoct their own version of the treat at home.