Clarion reviews: St. Patrick’s Day treats


Aryan Hernandez

A spread of St. Patrick’s Day themed treats.

Izzie Marth and Chloe Borkowicz

Many brands and businesses provide St. Patrick’s Day specials this time of year. This included the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake and Mint McFlurry, Daisy’s Treats Shamrock Shake, Andy’s Frozen Custard Mint Cookie Concrete, and Ben and Jerry’s Dublin Mudslide ice cream. We’ve tried out all of these sweet treats and gave an honest review of how much we liked them.

Starting with the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake, a classic and one of the most popular St. Patrick’s Day treats. Since 2020, McDonald’s has also offered a Shamrock Oreo McFlurry. The Shamrock Shake is a green, mint shake topped with whipped cream, and the Shamrock Oreo McFlurry is an Oreo McFlurry mixed with the Shamrock Shake syrup. Although the Shamrock Shake is a classic, we do believe that it is a tad overrated. It is nothing too special; just a green shake with minty flavoring. We do have to say that you know it is St. Patrick’s Day when you see a sign saying “The Shamrock Shake is back.” So, even though it is a little bit overhyped, it is definitely a perfect St. Patrick’s Day treat.

Similarly, Daisy’s Treats and Bakery, a local ice cream shop in Brookfield, also offered a Shamrock Shake this year. Theirs was a little bit different from the classic McDonald’s shake; it was a green, vanilla shake topped with whipped cream, St. Patrick’s Day themed sprinkles, an Airheads Xtreme strip, a chocolate chip cookie half-dipped in green, chocolate coating, and a green, chocolate clover. For the presentation, we thought that this shake was superior to all the other treats. You could tell it was a St. Patrick’s Day special, and it was almost too glamorous to eat. The only component we thought could have been different was the choice of ice cream. Instead of vanilla ice cream with just food dye, we think that something like mint chocolate chip would have been a better choice for the holiday.

Next up, Andy’s Mint Cookie Concrete pleasantly surprised the both of us. With a minty-fresh ice cream base and chocolate cookies mixed in, this concrete tasted phenomenal. It was sweet with just the right amount of mint flavoring and a wonderful abundance of cookies. At first, we were slightly skeptical due to the plain presentation since most of the other treats were decorated with green dye and other delicacies, but this one was simply white ice cream with cookies, appearing to be no more than a cookie and cream concrete. Luckily, the taste and texture made up for the presentation easily.

Another delicious confection was Ben and Jerry’s Dublin Mudslide ice cream. This ice cream had fudge spirals, chocolate and cookie chunks, a light coffee taste, and an irish cream flavoring. It was definitely a change of pace compared to all of the other green and minty shakes but still a pleasant dessert. It was quite the delight and provided many different flavors between the chocolate, cookie, fudge, and coffee. The combination of each taste made for a delectable sweet.

In the end, we think that all of these treats were delicious and unique in their own ways. That being said, our favorite for presentation was definitely the Daisy’s Treats Shamrock Shake. Its cheery decor looked by far the best compared to the rest of the treats. Yet for flavor, our favorite was Andy’s Mint Cookie Concrete. Even though it looked simple, it definitely tasted the best. So, if you’re feeling Irish and festive for the holiday, you should get one of these treats for St. Patrick’s Day.