The Popcorn Stand: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Shamrock Shake

This old fuddy, duddy has used the Popcorn Stand to complain about the blending of holiday seasons. I’ve written before about how we now have the two-month HalloThanksMas season.

Now we apparently have the three-month New Year’s-Valentine’s-St. Patrick’s season. (I haven’t come up with a cutesy name for it yet).

Right after New Year’s Day, we launch right into Valentine’s Day season. And then right after Valentine’s Day, we launch right into St. Patrick’s Day season.

But now apparently we can’t even wait for Valentine’s Day to be over before we start looking ahead to St. Patrick’s Day. I haven’t been to a McDonald’s recently, but apparently the restaurant has already started to sell its Shamrock Shake.

And not just its traditional Shamrock Shake. But now McDonald’s has announced it has five varieties of the Shamrock Shake. Because you know what’s more romantic than spending a Valentine’s Day at McDonald’s drinking a Shamrock Shake with your sweetheart?

Apparently the Shamrock Shake has become so popular people can’t even wait until after Valentine’s Day to get their hands on one. I mean come on, it’s not like we’re talking about the McRib Sandwich (I have to admit it’s one of my favorites).

Along with the traditional Shamrock Shake, there’s the Chocolate Shamrock Shake, the Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappe, the Shamrock Hot Chocolate (that actually sounds pretty good), and the Shamrock Mocha.

So Happy New Year’s-Valentine’s-St. Patrick’s everybody. Oh, I forgot, Easter is just around the corner.

— Charles Whisnand


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