Shakes, McFlurry® Desserts & Soft Serve FAQs

Just in case you need another reason to want McDonald's dessert.

Got questions about McDonald's Shakes and Desserts? Wondering when does McDonald's have Shamrock Shakes? We have your answers! Check out our Desserts & Shakes FAQ!

Why don't you call your 'shakes,' 'milkshakes'?

Great question. Our shakes contain milk from our reduced-fat soft serve, which makes them thick and creamy. Dairy regulations actually vary from state to state on what can officially be called a 'milkshake.' We like to keep it simple and refer to them strictly as 'shakes.' Get the full list of ingredients for all of our shakes.

Are McDonald's smoothies healthy?

Let's take a look at what goes into it: McDonald's Smoothies are made with ingredients like low-fat yogurt, fruit purees and juices. Get all of the ingredients and nutritional facts on your favorite smoothies from our McCafé® menu.

Is McDonald's Apple Pie Made With Real Apples?

Absolutely—McDonald's apple pie has real diced apples. The exact variety can vary from season to season, but we look for apples that are sweet and slightly tart. Read a full ingredient list for our Apple Pies.

When is the Shamrock Shake® coming back?

The Shamrock Shake® magically appears once a year, usually in March, and only for a limited time at participating McDonald's restaurants.