By Mark Frauenfelder at 12:56 pm Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Irishman Sam Jordan wanted to see if he could consume a gallon of that ancient traditional Irish celebratory beverage, the Shamrock Shake. Did he succeed? You'll have to visit the link to find out.
The Shamrock Shake Challenge
Do I have to?
Y’know, I’ve never had one of those Shamrock Shakes.
It’s lunch time. I’m going to take care of that.
They’re OK. More a dessert than a drink. The mint flavor is not bad . . . odd, but not artificial or off-putting.
The animated flatscreen menu boards that McD uses are SFish. In a dystopian future they would periodically show speeches by the Prime Citizen Ronald, and display pictures of the story’s heroes, wanted for FoodCrime.
The mint flavor is not bad . . . odd, but not artificial or off-putting.
Every year I tend to forget what exactly it is I don’t love about Shamrock Shakes. I mean, I like shakes, and mint & chip is my favorite ice cream flavor. So why not?
Last week I ordered my annual Shamrock Shake, and at the first sip was reminded what the problem is. They taste like a cold, refreshing cup of Crest toothpaste. And still I drank down every drop.
Be nice to carry out the experiment inside a McDonalds, if only for the joy of seeing some poor McJob type having to clean up the resultant bathroom mess while wearing his “I’m lovin’ it!” t-shirt.
One of the few episodes of Man vs. Food I’ve seen was the 5 milkshake challenge. Admittedly, he had to do it in 30 min or less. Apparently, at the time of filming, there had been only 23 successful challengers. He ended up regurgitating about 4.9 milkshakes.
So, I was pretty sure that this guy wouldn’t be able to do six! Bleh!
If he didn’t puke trying, he didn’t try.
I’m not sure finishing a one gallon shamrock shake is a definition of success that I can recognize.
Oh look another establishment putting frozen drinks in plastic cups…. Thanks for the watery melted milk shake Micky D.
Besides everyone knows there are no winners in the dairy challenge.
Why do you assume there is dairy involved in a shamrock shake?
Because according to McDonald’s website it contains milk?
I think like ten years ago BK was getting crap about their shakes essentially being made from crisco. Part of the whole foodie wave effect is that the big five have been using (what appears to be) fresher ingredients. So instead of attaching a bag full of gloop to a machine and pressing a button, the employee now has to scoop and blend them by hand and they not so secretly HATE YOU.
all the dairy, none of the lulz
Oh my God thank you for that link! I haven’t seen that video in years, and I was just quoting it the other day.
“I was raised on the dairy, bitch.”
Is he actually from Ireland or does he just have an irish granny or something. My guess is the latter. The photos weren’t taken in Ireland and Sam Jordan is not a very Irish name.
Sam Jordan is not a very Irish name.
Neil Jordan might disagree with that.
We can’t all be named Lucky O’Flannigan.
If you want a taste of the minty milk, instead of McDonald’s processed shake, give this Homemade Shamrock Shake Recipe a whirl.
He tried to drink two Shamrock Shakes?!
I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that shamrock shakes are made from soylent green. They sure are tasty though.
to save national pride, should I run out and try to gobble down 26 slices of American cheese?
Either 13 or 50.
I believe the benchmark is 64 slices.
I’ll just leave this here….
I just heard on the local news that this guy DID in fact die from this stunt. His last words were, “Irish I hadn’t done this!” You’re welcome.
3384 calories, 1 kilogram (2.2 lbs) of pure sugar, 600% of your RDA for calcium.
3384 sounds low. My wife mentioned a large had 1100.
1 kg sugar = 4000 calories, plus that would mean no fat or protein, which seems unlikely.
Yeah, it looks like my numbers are wrong – the 32 oz triple-thick shakes have 1100 calories, while the McCafe shakes are 1280 cal/32 oz… So that’s 4400 – 5120 calories!
Or the 22oz Shamrock Shake has 840 calories.
So 5040 calories per 6 shakes, or in his case if he drank 3, 2520.
And the gallon would have 702 grams of sugar, 3540 grams of Calcium (350% of your RDA), and 84 grams of saturated fat (420% of your RDA).
Usually, my issues with the ‘milkshakes’ at McDonald’s tend not to be of the ‘yuk-up-flutz’ variety, but more of a ‘ great disturbance in the lower parts of the Force’, to term it nicely…..
This is bullshit. You can’t make proclamations about attempting a feat when you don’t even come close to doing it. I guess I once attempted to eat my weight in hamburger, but stopped after one quarter pounder.
The only qualification this kid has for attempting an eating stunt is a camera and a blog. Eatings stunts should end in victory, vomit or death. Anything less is just a meal.
I once attempted to become a millionaire but stopped after one dollar.
I once attempted to be a witty poster, but I stopped after this sentence.
But what do his bowel movements look like after? Aspiring proctologists and nutritionists want to know.
The cool thing about the Shamrock Shake is that no matter what orifice it comes back out of, it looks like a Shamrock Shake.
And tastes the same, or so I’ve heard.
What’s the difference between bulimia and Slim-Fast?
They both work, but bulimia tastes better.
— Graham Norton
He didn’t barf, that means he didn’t do it right.
It’s been a long time since the mere title of an article triggered my gag reflex.
I’m guessing this is an ‘American Irish’ thing. I’ve never known an Irishman to drink anything other than Guinness or whiskey. Certainly nothing with the word ‘shake’ in it.
FYI I’m half Irish (actual Irish), so only drink Guinness half the time, otherwise it’s tea (the other half is English). I’d say I’m joking but apparently I’m that much of a stereotype.
McDonald’s Ireland. And, yes, it’s an Irish-American thing, not an Irish thing. Please don’t become one of those tiresome Irish people who feel compelled to lecture us, every year, on how “actual Irish” people don’t do these things. There are many times more people outside the Republic of Irish ancestry than there are in it.
I knew a guy once who was half Cherokee and half Irish.
He said he couldn’t handle alcohol but had to drink it all the time, and assured me God invented whiskey so the Irish wouldn’t rule the world.
It seems dishonest to call it a “Shamrock Shake” when there isn’t a single shamrock in it. In reality, it is a “Mock Shamrock Shake”.
Ye gods. I tried a Shamrock Shake yesterday (I’ve no idea why, after 31 years of life having gone by perfectly well without one), and I couldn’t even get through half of it…
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