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McDonald's is bringing back its Shamrock Shake this fall — but there's a catch

TODAY logo TODAY 6 days ago Alyssa Newcomb

McDonald's famous Shamrock Shake is usually a treat reserved for the time around St. Patrick's Day, but this year the fast-food chain is bringing the sweet drink back for a select few fans ... in September.

Why bring the pastel green drink back in stores months before it's slated to reappear?

Football, of course.

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The Shamrock Shake is currently being offered exclusively at McDonald's locations in Philadelphia as part of the chain's "Stomp, Scream and Shake" campaign supporting the team. It's the sixth year McDonald's has partnered with the Eagles to celebrate the official start of football season.

Fans will have until Oct. 18 to order one of the green drinks, which McDonald's advertisements are calling "The Eagles favorite shake." The sweet drink, which uses a base of soft serve ice cream, is topped off with a generous serving of whipped cream.

But why not offer the drink where other green football fans reside? Surely fans of the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets would love something cold and sweet to sip while watching a game.

According to a McDonald's spokesperson, there are two important reasons as to why Philly gets all the minty fun this fall. Firstly, the shake was first created in Philadelphia (it was originally known as the St. Patrick's Day Milkshake). The city is also the birthplace of the Ronald McDonald House charity, which provides temporary housing to pediatric cancer patients and their families during treatment. The shake was originally sold to help raise money for families' with sick kids.

Eagles fans are stoked that the early Spring drink is back for a limited time, but others on social media aren't too happy about the relatively small promotion.

Said the chain, "It seems only fitting that the Philadelphia Eagles and McDonald's bring the iconic shake to the forefront just in time for football season!"

Related video: How to Make the Best Green Cake for St. Patrick's Day (Provided by Taste of Home)

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