We are deep into the month of March, which means we’re also deep into Shamrock Shake season. Have you had yours yet? Me, I’ve had several, and hopefully will have several more before they’re gone for another year. The Shamrock Shake has been a tradition for me for many years now, and apparently, I’m not alone in my love them, as McDonald’s estimates they have sold over 70 million of them since their debut in 1970. Well, McDonald’s official story is that it debuted in 1970, but a McDonald’s franchise owner in Connecticut, Harold Rosen, claims he invented the shake in 1966.
But for the point of this, let’s go with the official McDonald’s story. Even though it was created in 1970, it was 1974 when the Shamrock Shake entered itself into the Pantheon of McDonald’s products. Around that time, the daughter of Philadelphia Eagles tight end Fred Hill was battling Leukemia. Fred and his family wanted to stay as close to her as they could during her treatments at the hospital, so they camped out on the sofas and benches in the waiting rooms of the hospital. Fred Hill saw many other families doing the same thing and knew there just had to be a better way.