McDonald’s Shamrock Shake STRAW

Mcdonald's STRAW (Suction Tube For Reverse Axial Withdrawal)Science has paved the way for better sucking!

Hold onto your neon green shakes, folks! As part of a new marketing push, McDonald’s has announced that some of their fast-food chains are debuting a special, limited-edition milkshake straw. Yes, a straw has been specifically designed to enhance the drinking experience of McDonald’s new Chocolate Shamrock Shake. The straw has been dubbed, the “Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal,” or “STRAW” for short.

What is the STRAW?

McDonald's STRAW (Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal)The STRAW is a plastic J-shaped straw designed by and NK Labs, LLC. The snorkel shaped straw has one hole at its base, and two holes along the short end of the J.

The STRAW was created so that one can have an optimal experience while drinking a Chocolate Shamrock Shake. Because a Chocolate Shamrock Shake is layered (with half of a Chocolate Shake on the bottom and half of a Shamrock Shake on top), conventional straws only suck up one of the flavors at a time. The STRAW provides a way for a Chocolate Shamrock Shake fan to slurp in both layers at once. By using the STRAW, the sucker can siphon a little bit of the Chocolate Shake layer and some of the Shamrock Shake layer with each sip.

There’s a video!

This derpy video explains how the STRAW was born and how it delivers two shake flavors to your mouth while providing the ideal flavor ratio. If you feel like wasting 1 minute and 50 seconds of your life, checkity-check it out! 😉


The folks over at Popular Science tested the STRAW with a layered Chocolate Shamrock Shake. Their results showed that this fancy J-shaped straw did not achieve an even mixing of flavors, and even stopped working about two-thirds of the way through the milkshake. Roh-roh!!


Getting your paws on a STRAW may be a challenge because McDonald’s only manufactured a total of 2,000 STRAWs. The fancy new straws will only be available at certain McDonald’s locations nationwide on two days, February 24th and March 1st (see below for participating locations).


McDonald’s will be giving away the limited edition STRAWs at participating restaurants.* Customers who purchase a Chocolate Shamrock Shake at these McDonald’s will receive one STRAW on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last (only a few STRAWs will be available at each location). The STRAWs can be found at the following locations:

Participating locations

February 24, 2017


  • 1208 6th Avenue, SE, Decatur, AL at 10:45 a.m.


  • 8660 Sierra College Boulevard, Roseville, CA at 6:00 p.m.
  • 410 Grand Ave, Arroyo Grande, CA at 12:00 p.m.


  • 101 South Westover, Albany, GA at 11:00 a.m.
  • 1105 Northside Drive, Atlanta, GA at 3:00 p.m.


  • 1375 Broadway Ave. Boise, ID at 11:00 a.m.


  • 2322 7th Street West, St. Paul, MN at 11:30 a.m.

New Jersey

  • 326 S. Washington Ave. Bergenfield, NJ at 12:00 p.m.

New York

  • 160 Broadway (Wall Street) New York, NY at 12:00 p.m.
  • 1510 Deer Park Ave. North Babylon, NY at 12:00 p.m.

South Carolina

  • 1533 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC at 11:00 a.m.


  • 4608 Hwy. 58, Chattanooga, TN at 9:05 a.m.


  • 1302 Westheimer, Houston, TX at 11:00 a.m.
  • 4717 US Highway 83, Laredo, TX at 4:00p.m.
  • 1610 South Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, TX at 4:00p.m.
  • 4590 Southmost Road, Brownsville, TX at 4:00p.m.


  • 3550 N. Digital Drive, Lehi, UT at 10:45 a.m.

March 1, 2017


  • 80 Old Valley School Rd, Danville, PA at 5:00 a.m.

What is a Chocolate Shamrock Shake?

Chocolate Shamrock Shake STRAWThe Chocolate Shamrock Shake is one of the four new Shamrock Shake flavors that were officially launched at participating McDonald’s across the country this year. It is a hybrid “layered” drink customers in-the-know have been secretly ordering off menu and on the down-low for years. The chocolate version of the Shamrock Shake consists of half a Chocolate Shake on the bottom and half of a Shamrock Shake layered on top. This sweet creation is topped with whipped topping, green sugar crystals, and chocolate syrup drizzle.

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  • One of the newest Shamrock flavors is the Chocolate Shamrock Shake – a hybrid of a Shamrock Shake and a Chocolate Shake.
  • One Chocolate Shamrock Shake contains between 20-117 grams of sugar. This is between 17.5 and 29.35 TEASPOONS of sugar!
  • One Chocolate Shamrock Shake has 2.8-5% more than the daily recommendation of total added sugar for children, teens, women and men!
  • To learn more shocking facts about the Chocolate Shamrock Shake, click: What’s In A Chocolate Shamrock Shake.

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  • If you want to learn what you are really drinking when you slurp down an original McDonald’s Shamrock Shake, I have outlined everything you need to know in one article.
  • Learn why I think you should never drink a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. Say no to its 35 ingredients, gross chemicals, preservatives, dyes, high calories and saturated fat!
  • Visit my article here: This Is Why You Should Never Drink A Shamrock Shake.

4. Homemade Shamrock Shake

  • Are you feeling too lazy to drive over to your local MickeyD’s? Are you grossed out by the Shamrock Shake’s flavor?
  • If you answered yes to these questions, have no fear! I have created a homemade recipe that is even better than the original. My cold, creamy and minty homemade shamrock shake is a healthy alternative to the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. YUM!
  • Check out my recipe here: Homemade Shamrock Shake.

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  • Did you know that artificial green food coloring is linked to many health issues ranging from ADHD to genotoxicity (genetic mutations and damaged chromosones)?
  • If you would like to learn more about the health dangers associated with artificial green food dyes and natural options that can be used instead, read my latest article on this topic.
  • Read my article here: St. Patrick’s Day Alert: Green Food Dyes – Not So Lucky.


If you have read any of my articles on Shamrock Shakes, you know how I feel about them. I think they are naaaaaasty. While the STRAW may enhance one’s experience while slurping the chocolate and mint layers of a Chocolate Shamrock Shake, it will do nothing to improve the nutritional quality. However, if the STRAW had the power to upgrade the taste of the Chocolate Shamrock Shake, it would be a significant contribution to McDonald’s chains. You know my stance… now I want to hear from you.

What do you think of the STRAW? Does it suck or not suck?

  • Is it an absurdly over-the-top marketing ploy, a brilliant concept, frivolous waste of plastic or all of the above?
  • Will you be making a special trip to a participating McDonald’s to get your mouth on a Suction Tube For Reverse Axial Withdrawl?  Why or why not?
  • If you have tried the STRAW, what did you think? Did it work? Did it improve your Chocolate Shamrock Shake drinking experience??

I am dying to know what everyone thinks of this new, whacky sucking invention!



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