The day of luck, four leaf clovers and leprechauns is almost upon us! March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day, and whether you are Irish or not, we are all excited to get our green on! St. Patrick’s Day is a time of celebration. And what better way to celebrate than with food? In this DIY article, we will share some original food ideas you can enjoy on this holiday.
Shamrock Fudge (from here)
Satisfy your sweet tooth and enhance your luck with this easy 4 ingredient fudge recipe! To make shamrock fudge, you will need:
- 1 jar vanilla frosting
- 12 ounces white chocolate melts
- Green gel coloring
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- Sprinkles (optional)
First, prepare a pan with aluminum foil. Microwave or melt the frosting until it is a little liquidy, then stir in the coloring gel and peppermint extract. Next, microwave the chocolate and stir it slowly until it is melted. Next, combine the frosting and the melted chocolate and pour them into the pan. Add sprinkles for an extra festive look and then refrigerate for half an hour. After that, cut out squares or shapes and enjoy!
St. Patrick’s Day Pancakes (from here)
A simple and fun food, these green pancakes are sure to put you in the St. Patrick’s mood. To make this, you will need:
- 1 cup milk
- 2 TB white vinegar
- 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 TB sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 TB melted butter
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- green food coloring
Preheat a griddle to 300o F. In a small bowl, combine the milk and vinegar. Set aside for a few minutes. In a separate large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. After this is done, whisk butter, egg, and vanilla into the milk and vinegar. Add food color, mixing it in in order to evenly spread the color. Next, combine the ingredients in the two bowls, and stir until it is smooth. Now that your batter is ready, use a ¼ cup to pour the batter onto the griddle. Let the pancake cook until bubbles begin to pop, and then flip the pancake to the other side. Cook until they are golden brown, and then you can serve the pancakes. For an extra touch, you can add whipped cream on top and sprinkle the dish with Lucky Charms.
Rainbow Pot of Gold Cupcakes (from here)
As kids, we have all dreamed about finding the leprechaun’s pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Now, you can! Any day is a sunny, lucky day when you can make these cupcakes. In order to make these desserts, you will need:
- Cupcakes (for a simple recipe, you can go here)
- Blue frosting
- White frosting
- ¼-½ inch plain round pastry tip
- Airhead Extremes
- Rolo candy
- Gold coarse sugar
Start by preparing your cupcakes. Once they are ready, frost them with blue icing. Next, pipe on white frosting with your pastry tip in the form of little dots (for an example of how to make them look, you can look at the photo above). Once you have put on the white frosting, take the Airhead Extremes, cut them in half, and place one half on the cupcake with the ends in the white icing, creating a rainbow on the cupcake. Add more white frosting on the ends if you want more “clouds” on your cupcake. After you finish the rainbow, take a Rolo candy, pipe some white frosting on the flat part of it, and roll the frosting in gold coarse sugar. Once you have created your “pot of gold,” place it on your cupcake under the rainbow, and you have yourself a rainbow pot of gold cupcake.
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Will you be trying any of these activities? Do you have any favorite St. Patrick’s Day traditions? Comment below and let us know!