Happy St. Patrick's Day- it's the McDonald's Shamrock Shake's day to shine!  Here are some things you may not have known about the green, ice-cream concoction... 

1. First of all, how did we get the Shamrock Shake?

In 1974, after years of watching his 3-year-old daughter undergo treatment for leukemia and effectively living at St. Christopher's Hospital For Children, Philadelphia Eagles player Fred Hill thought there should be a better way. He reached out to the community to raise money for families that couldn't afford hotel rooms while their sick children were being treated. The Eagles' GM connected with a local McDonald's ad agency and the restaurant's regional manager, and together they created the St. Patrick's Day Green Milkshake promotion. Proceeds from the seasonal promotion sales went to purchase a house in Philadelphia, a "home away from home" for families dealing with a sick child. (Huffington Post)

2. 60 Million Shamrock Shakes have been sold.

3. What's in the shake? 

McCafé form: ice cream, Shamrock Shake syrup, whipped cream and maraschino cherries.

4. A Shamrock shake has as many calories as 1.5 Big Macs.

5. Shamrock Shakes weren't available nationally until 2012.

6. And if you're lucky, you can try the secret McDonald's menu item called the McLeprechaun Shake. It's secretly better than the Shamrock Shake because CHOCOLATE.

7. The Shamrock Shake used to have a mascot named Uncle O'Grimacey.

8. If you need to get your hands on one during the off season, there is a Shamrock shake tracker. (shamrockshake.com)

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