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Grimace Shake McDonald’s Copycat Recipe

Satisfy your cravings and bring the viral Grimace shake home! Here's an easy recipe to make this sweet treat in just a few minutes.
Homemade Purple Milkshake.

Craving a Grimace Shake from McDonald’s but can’t find it anywhere? Don’t worry, you don’t have to miss out on this sweet and vibrant treat – we have the perfect copycat recipe for you! The Grimace Shake was only available in June 2023 as part of the company’s celebratory birthday meal. With its purple color and berry flavor, this unique shake quickly earned itself a place in hearts around the world – that is until it was sadly discontinued at the end of the month. We’re bringing back this beloved drink with our delicious copycat recipe so go ahead and kick off your own celebration with an easy-to-make version of McDonald’s once-exclusive beverage. 

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What is the Grimace Shake?

The Grimace Shake was a short-lived addition to the McDonald’s menu, released in June 2023. This unique shake boasted a vibrant purple color and a sweet berry flavor, and was offered as part of the Grimace Birthday Meal. Along with the Grimace Shake, customers could choose between a Big Mac or 10-piece chicken nuggets, as well as a serving of medium fries – providing a hearty and celebratory feast. Unfortunately, the Grimace Shake was discontinued at the end of the month, leaving fans of the vibrant beverage disappointed. Although it was only available for a brief time, the Grimace Shake certainly made an impression on those who were lucky enough to try it

Grimace Shake on TikTok

A recent trend on TikTok is receiving a lot of attention. Known as the #GrimaceShake, this trend involves users recording themselves drinking a new shake that has been released. However, these videos are not your typical food review. Instead, users find themselves in unusual positions and locations or even pretending to be dead while covered in the popular drink. These videos are staged to look like crime scenes, with the Grimace Shake splattered around, creating the implication that the character Grimace is responsible for their bizarre transformation. The trend is gaining popularity on social media, and it seems that users are getting rather creative in how they present their unique experience with the drink.

Head on view of McDonald's Grimace Shake.

What do I need to make a Grimace Shake?

You will need just a few ingredients to make the Copycat Grimace Shake.

  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Whole Milk
  • Frozen Blueberries
  • Mixed Berry Jam (Strawberry or Raspberry works fine too!)
  • Purple Food Coloring (this is optional, but it does give the shake a vibrant purple coloring in honor of Grimace!)
  • Whipped Cream
  • Rainbow Sprinkles (optional, but it is Grimace’s birthday, so why not celebrate?)


Overhead view of ingredients for Grimace Birthday Shake.

Love the Grimace Shake? You may also enjoy our Copycat version of McDonald’s Shamrock Shake!

How do I make a McDonald’s Grimace Shake?

This viral milkshake recipe can be made in just steps that take less than 10 minutes. Here is what you will need to do to make this delicious purple shake recipe.

Step 1: Blend ingredients in a blender

Make scooping vanilla ice cream easier by letting it sit out for a few minutes. Combine vanilla ice cream, blueberries, mixed berry jam, and milk in a blender. Blend until well mixed.

The blueberries are enough for a berry flavor and purple color, but you can add 2 to 3 drops of purple food coloring for a deeper shade.

Steps to make a purple Grimace Milkshake.

Step 2: Serve and Enjoy!

Pour the mixture into a glass and garnish with whipped topping and sprinkles. Time to enjoy!

Headon photo of Copycat McDonald's Grimace's Birthday Milkshake with whipped cream and sprinkles. The shake is on top of a McDonald's Grimace Birthday bag. There is a bowl of blueberries in the background.

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What makes the Grimace Shake purple?

In this copycat version of the viral Grimace Milkshake, frozen blueberries and a few drops of purple food coloring are used for the vibrant color. The food coloring is unnecessary, as the blueberries will give it a purple color, but it may not be as bright. In the McDonald’s version of the shake, corn syrup, sugar, food coloring and “natural flavors” are used.

Can I use other berries in the purple milkshake?

Yes, absolutely, but the blueberries will color it naturally purple. However, you can use a combination of strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries for a delicious berry-flavored shake. 

How do I make a Vegan Grimace Shake?

To make a vegan Grimace Shake, substitute the ice cream and milk for plant-based options. For instance, blend three scoops of vanilla almond milk frozen dessert with 1/2 cup of almond milk and 1 cup of frozen blueberries for a delicious vegan option.  Coconut-based or Oatmilk-based frozen desserts are also excellent for a plant-based shake.

Homemade Purple Milkshake.

McDonald’s Grimace Shake Copycat Recipe is a delicious treat that will satisfy your sweet cravings. With just a few simple ingredients and some easy instructions, you can enjoy this iconic milkshake from the comfort of your home. So, what are you waiting for? Indulge in some creamy deliciousness and celebrate Grimace’s birthday with this viral recipe taking the foodie world by storm!

Homemade Purple Milkshake.

Grimace Shake McDonald’s Copycat Recipe

Satisfy your cravings and bring the viral Grimace shake home! Here's an easy recipe to make this sweet treat in just a few minutes.
4.92 from 45 votes
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Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Grimace Shake, Grimace Shake McDonald's Copycat Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 567kcal




  • Allow the vanilla ice cream to set out for a few minutes for easier scooping. Then, scoop out 1 packed cup of vanilla ice cream.
  • Add the vanilla ice cream, frozen blueberries, and milk to a blender.
  • Add in 2 to 3 drops of purple food coloring, if desired for a more vibrant purple coloring.
  • Pour into a glass and top with whipped topping and sprinkles if desired.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Calories: 567kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 206mg | Potassium: 691mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 63g | Vitamin A: 1111IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 412mg | Iron: 1mg
Recipe Rating

Molly kumar

Wednesday 15th of May 2024

This looks absolutely delicious snd super easy to make. Loving the combination of ice cream with fresh fruits here, saving to try soon.


Wednesday 15th of May 2024

Such a fun and delicious shake recipe! The grandkids loved the color and the flavor too!


Wednesday 15th of May 2024

Wow, I tried your Grimace Shake copycat recipe today, and it brought back so many childhood memories! It tasted just like the original from McDonald's. It was super easy to make, and my kids loved it too.


Wednesday 15th of May 2024

What a great idea for a kid's birthday party. Love the colour. Copycat recipes are the best, and saves you money too.

Marnelle bodonia

Sunday 17th of December 2023

You need grimace shake