Well, St. Patrick’s Day will arrive tomorrow on March 17th, just as it does every year. I have nothing against jolly old Saint Patrick, but as a kid, I remember the schools liked to push it as a big themed holiday, but I knew that it wasn’t. Sure, there were lots of activities involving cutting out shamrocks, coloring them green and having discussions of leprechauns & gold but that’s really all there was to it.
Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Valentine’s Day and Thanksgiving all offered food, gifts and candy. Looking at the holiday from a purely superficial point of view (the only way I look at any holiday), St. Patrick’s Day had/has very little to offer, really.
When you’re a kid, St. Patrick’s Day is just a reason to wear green. It’s mass color coordination across your school and if you’re the one kid who goes to class and doesn’t wear something green, you’re going to get pinched. A lot. Well, maybe just a few times. Actually, is that still a thing? I remember it was a thing when I was in elementary school. When you’re an adult, St. Patrick’s Day just seems like a good excuse to eat and drink on a work night and puke up green beer. Then when you’re hungover next morning to you can eat Lucky Charms.
Still, lots of green stuff and mint-flavored things pop up during the month of March. Bakeries come out with cupcakes with green frosting or shamrock-shaped sugar cookies with green sugar crystals sprinkled on top and everyone decides they need to buy a box of thin mints from a Girl Scout, Irish creme coffee creamers skyrocket in sales and you might find a bag of gold chocolate coins in the candy aisle, but it’s McDonald’s that truly has the market cornered with their Shamrock shake.
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As we march on in search of truth about the mysterious Monster Pops, let us not forget about McDonald’s peppermint sundae. I’ve made no secret that this item is at the top of my list of foods I want BACK in production. It’s a no-brainer really. Ice cream + peppermint syrup + holidays = $$$. Why McDonald’s ever dropped this one from the menu I’ll never know– but WAIT! I WILL know because I just sent the McDonald’s Corporation a letter requesting the return of and information on this delicious treat. Here’s the letter… Will I get a reply?
“To the fine makers of Chicken McNuggets, Oreo McFlurries, and those wonderfully golden french fries…
There comes a time in every man’s life when he has to stand up for what he believes in, no matter what the cost. They say a man that stands for nothing will fall for anything, and I’m writing to tell you that I stand (well, I’m actually leaning back on my desk chair) firm in my belief that your fine company once produced one of the greatest desserts ever– the peppermint sundae. Or would that be the McPeppermint sundae?
Now, as a child, I remember having this wonderful holiday treat back in the 80s and the whole world wants confirmation that it actually existed. A picture or a few words from a company spokesperson explaining the history behind the peppermint sundae will suffice. Were there two different flavors or just two different colors? I seem to remember a red syrup and a green syrup.
I say this to you, you simply must return the peppermint sundae to the TOP of the holiday dessert heap! Forget about doing any market research, if you put out a frosty pepperminty treat during the holidays– it is going to sell. I can’t fathom why the peppermint sundae went extinct, but let’s make 2008 a comeback year!”
UPDATE: The pictures shown above are a strawberry sundae and a Shamrock mint sundae, both a virtually identical to what the peppermint sundae would have looked like. I’m pretty sure red & green syrup were offered. Red being peppermint and green being mint. We at least know that the mint sundae existed at some point, but darnit, I want my peppermint sundae!