St. Patrick’s Day: Luck of the Irish Treats

Valentine’s Day is long gone and the next party-worthy holiday seems far, far away. But don’t fear, because St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching on Tuesday, March 17th! So what’s the best way to celebrate like a leprechaun? Lots of green, lots of clovers and lots of yummy treats!

Lucky Charm Rice Crispy Treats

You need: Box of Lucky Charms cereal, butter, mini marshmallows, large saucepan, wooden spoon, baking dish, knife

Step 1: Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan over medium heat

Step 2: Add 2 and a half cups of mini marshmallows to melted butter. Stir together until gooey.

Step 3: Add 4 cups of Lucky Charms and stir together.

Step 4: Pour mixture into a baking dish. Smooth it out and press it into the pan

Step 5: Let the rice crispy treats cool and then cut into squares and serve!

Magically, and dangerously, delicious!

Rainbow Waffles - Literally taste the rainbow

You need: Waffle mix or ingredients to make waffles from scratch, red, yellow, green, blue, and purple food coloring, miniature dark chocolate Reese’s, M&M’s, whipped cream, a large bowl and five little bowls, waffle makes.

Step 1: Prepare batter for waffles- from scratch or from a box

Step 2: Pour batter into five separate bowls. Make sure you have more batter in the bowls for the red and yellow food coloring!

Step 3: Add the colors into the waffle maker in a circular/ring pattern, starting in the middle of the waffle maker with purple. Then add a ring of blue around that, then green, then yellow and finally red.

Step 4: Once the waffle is cooked, remove it and cut down the center of the waffle so you have two waffles in the shapes of a semi-circle.

Step 5: Take a miniature dark chocolate Reese’s and place yellow M&M’s on top (either just lay them on top or attach with frosting). Place the chocolate on one side of the waffle. This is your pot of gold!

Step 6: Add a dollop of whipped cream on the other end of the rainbow to look like a cloud.

St. Patrick-tini

You need: Green Jell-O, unflavored gelatin, vanilla ice cream, green grapes, martini glasses, liquid measuring bowl, straws

Step 1: Fill a large liquid measuring bowl with 1 cup of boiling water.

Step 2: Add in one package of green Jell-O.

Step 3: Next, add half a package of unflavored gelatin.

Step 4: Finally, add a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream. Mix together.

Step 5: Carefully pour the mixture into martini glasses (or any glasses you have around the kitchen!)

Step 6: Put in the refrigerator for a couple of hours or the freezer for about an hour so the drink freezes.

For a finishing touch, stick a green grape on a straw and sip away!

Shamrock Pretzel Pops

You need: 1 bag of regular-shaped mini pretzels, 1 bag of M&M’s (only use the green), chocolate Kisses or Rolo Chocolates, lollipop sticks, parchment/wax paper, optional: green ribbon

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with the parchment/wax paper

Step 2: Arrange the pretzels into a shamrock shape, with the bottoms grouped together. Repeat until the cookie sheet is full of pretzel shamrocks

Step 3: Place an unwrapped Rolo candy or chocolate Kiss in the center of the shamrock. Make sure the chocolate is touching all three pretzels.

Step 4: Place the cookie sheet in the oven for 3-5 minutes or until the chocolate gets soft. Remove from the oven.

Step 5: RIGHT AFTER you remove from the oven, do these two things at once- press a green m&m on top of the chocolate and insert the lollipop stick into the bottom of the chocolate. Be speedy!

Step 6: Let the pops cool (stick in freezer to speed up this process)

Optional Step 7: Tie a ribbon around the pop stick for a festive look

Twizzler Rainbow

You need: Multicolored twizzlers, Rolo Chocolates, clear baggies, green ribbon

Step 1: Place several Rolo Chocolates with the wrappers still on in the bottom of the bag. These are pots of gold!

Step 2: Arrange twizzlers in the colors/shape of a rainbow in the baggie

Step 3: Tie off the top of the baggie with a green bow.

Pancakes - for the not-so-blessed baker

Simple recipe: Prepare pancakes according to a mix and add green food coloring!

Pancakes from scratch:

Step 1: In one bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: 1 cup of flour, 4 teaspoons of sugar, 2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/8 teaspoons of salt

Step 2: In another bowl, mix together the liquid ingredients: ¾ cup of milk, 1 egg, and 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Step 3: Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk together until the mixture is no longer clumpy.

Step 4: Add a couple drops of green food coloring or until the desired color is achieved. If desired, stir Lucky Charm marshmallows into the batter.

Step 5: Scoop about 1/3 cups of the mixture onto a frying pan with butter on it over medium heat. Flip the pancake when bubbles start to form on top.

Step 6: When the pancake is golden brown on both sides, put it on a plate and serve with whipped cream, butter, syrup or Lucky Charm cereal on top. Whatever you prefer!

Lucky Leprechaun Parfait

You need: 4 pre-made brownies or chocolate cake, 4 Double Chocolate Jell-O pudding cups, 4 Vanilla Jell-O pudding cups, crushed Thin Mints or Oreos, green food coloring, whipped cream (preferably Cool-Whip), green and chocolate sprinkles

Step 1: Cut the brownies into small bite-size pieces and arrange half in the bottom of four parfait cups.

Step 2: Spoon the double chocolate pudding over the brownies. Sprinkle the crushed cookies over the chocolate pudding. Add the rest of the brownie as the next layer.

Step 3: Add a drop of green food coloring to the vanilla pudding and stir well until the pudding is green. Spoon the green pudding over the crushed cookie layer.

Step 4: Top the parfait with whipped topping and sprinkles!