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McDonald's Shamrock Shake making an early comeback in some areas

By Leigh Goessl     Feb 7, 2012 in Food
Rumors are circulating on the web that McDonald's Shamrock Shake is making an early comeback this year.
Generally the item debuts in the weeks leading up to St. Patrick's day, however many locations are seemingly already selling the item.
McDonald's traditionally places this item in select locations on the franchise's menu during the month of March, and despite rumors the shake would go on hiatus this year, instead it appears to have arrived, and early.
Fast Food Geek reported the annual green, minty-flavored drink began to appear in western Penn. on Feb. 1.
(In a follow up post Fast Food Geek purchased and reviewed this year's Shamrock Shake)
McDonald's did not immediately respond to a Digital Journal request for comment regarding the popular seasonal menu item.
The Shamrock Shake, much like the elusive McRib sandwich, has developed a following where customers look forward to the item each year wondering where the cool minty drink might pop up. Developed in 1970, the shake is one of those items people look for each year.
McDonald's website provides some history linked to the Shamrock Shake.
"It all began with a little girl, a football team, and a visionary doctor. When Philadelphia Eagles tight end Fred Hill's 3-year-old daughter, Kim, was being treated for leukemia in 1974, his life changed. He and his wife, Fran, camped out on hospital benches and sat in cramped waiting rooms during Kim's three years of treatment. The Hills watched other parents and families of seriously ill children do the same thing. Many of the families had to travel long distances for their children to receive medical treatment and couldn't afford hotel rooms."
Fred Hill rallied the support of teammates to help others have a place to say. Jim Murray, the Eagles' general manager, helped organize and offered support to Dr. Audrey Evans, head of the pediatric oncology unit at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Evans had a wish-list which included a "home away from home" for families of children needing medical treatment.
Murray contacted a friend, Don Tuckerman, who was a member of McDonald's advertising team and asked what the next promotion was; it happened to be St. Patrick's Day with the Shamrock Shake. A weeks' worth of profits was donated to the cause and the first Ronald McDonald House was born.
309 houses later, Ronald McDonald's houses are now in locations worldwide.
If you're a Shamrock Shake aficionado, there is a dedicated website which tracks the latest sightings for the seasonal beverage.
A look back at Shamrock Shakes of year's past:
According to Fast Food Geek, a 12 fl. oz. McDonald's Shamrock Shake has about 442 calories, 90 of these from fat. Total fat is 10.41 g (16% daily value), Saturated Fat 6.37 g (32%), Cholesterol 40.35 mg (13%) and Sugars 65.31 g.
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