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Easy Food and Drink Ideas for St.Patrick's Day

Updated on March 18, 2014
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Happy St.Patrick's Day!

Mint chocolate cupcakes topped with chocolate shamrock candy molds will be a delicious treat to have on your dessert table this St.Patrick's Day.
Mint chocolate cupcakes topped with chocolate shamrock candy molds will be a delicious treat to have on your dessert table this St.Patrick's Day. | Source

St.Patrick's Day

March 17th is St.Patrick's Day, a day many of us associate with Saint Patrick, the color green, Irish, Ireland, green beer, shamrocks, luck and leprechauns. It is a fun holiday to celebrate and there are plenty of ways to join in the festivities. Whether you are celebrating the holiday in a big way or a small way, eating and drinking (alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks), should be involved as part of the celebration! These simple food and drink ideas are perfect for kids and adults alike.

Using Candy Melts for Easy Dessert Ideas

Wilton Candy Chocolate Melts come in handy to create several easy food recipes, specifically, desserts and sweet drinks.

In honor of St.Patrick's Day, you can use green candy melts to:

  • Mold Shamrock style lollipops for the kids
  • Melt to incorporate into drinks, such as milk shakes and hot cocoa
  • Place molded shamrock candy mold as decorations and toppers on top of cakes and cupcakes

They add that extra St.Patrick-feel to any dessert or drink you serve for the holiday, as shown in the photos below.

Green Candy Melts: Easy Ingredient to Make a Variety of St.Patrick's Day Treats

A bag of candy melts goes a long way to make multiple treats, whether it be for desserts of drinks.
A bag of candy melts goes a long way to make multiple treats, whether it be for desserts of drinks. | Source

"Shamrock Chocolate Pops" or "Shamrock on a Stick"

It's easy to make these by melting green candy melts and using shamrock candy molding trays.
It's easy to make these by melting green candy melts and using shamrock candy molding trays. | Source

Instructions on Using Candy Molds for Shamrock Pops

These candy mold trays are so simple to use and there are a variety available for different occasions and holidays. You can find them at most craft stores like Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores or Michael's, along with the candy chocolate melts and lollipop sticks.

Instructions:

  1. Place the amount of candy melts you want to make in the piping bag.
  2. Place bag in microwave and heat for 30-second increments. Knead bag, then heat again until all the candy melts are melted.
  3. If using a sandwich bag, cut a small hole, about half an inch, at the bottom of one end of the bag.
  4. Squeeze out melted chocolate into the molding tray.
  5. Tap tray onto table or counter a few times to release any air bubbles.
  6. Insert a lollipop stick into each mold, optional.
  7. Place tray in refrigerator for 10-15 minutes until candy is hardened.

Wilton Shamrock Candy Mold

These easy to make shamrock chocolate lollipops are done in ten-fifteen minutes.
These easy to make shamrock chocolate lollipops are done in ten-fifteen minutes. | Source

"St.Patrick's Day Shamrock Milk Shakes"

Add in a shamrock pop to make this chocolate milk shake more festive and fun for the kids on St.Patrick's Day.
Add in a shamrock pop to make this chocolate milk shake more festive and fun for the kids on St.Patrick's Day. | Source

"Hot Shamrock Cocoa"

If you are in the mood for something hot or more of a breakfast drink, this hot shamrock cocoa may be perfect on the morning of St.Patrick's Day.
If you are in the mood for something hot or more of a breakfast drink, this hot shamrock cocoa may be perfect on the morning of St.Patrick's Day. | Source

Ingredients

  • 1/4-1/2 cup Candy Melts
  • 1 and a 1/3 cup Milk
  • 1-2 scoops Vanilla Ice Cream, for milk shake
  • 1 tablespoon Irish Creamer, optional
  • Whip Cream, optional
  • Green Sugar Sprinkles, optional

Instructions for Shamrock Milk Shake and/or Shamrock Hot Cocoa Using Green Candy Melts

  1. Place candy melts into a small pot with milk.
  2. Heat on medium to low heat and stir until candy melts are completely dissolved and combined with milk.
  3. For Shamrock Milk Shake, place in blender with several ice cubes, vanilla ice cream and Irish Creamer, if desired.
  4. Top with whip cream and green sugar sprinkles.
  5. For Shamrock Hot Cocoa, pour into mug.
  6. Add in Irish Creamer, whip cream and some green sugar sprinkles, if desired.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: Serves 2-3 people about six ounces each

Green Cocoa for St.Patrick's Day

Start your day of festivities off with this green hot shamrock cocoa.
Start your day of festivities off with this green hot shamrock cocoa. | Source

St.Patrick's Day Shamrock Shakes and Hot Cocoa

Cast your vote for St.Patrick's Day Milk Shake and Hot Cocoa

Mint Chocolate Cupcakes topped with Shamrocks

Candy molds make for adorable toppings for cupcakes and add that extra touch to make your dessert more festive.
Candy molds make for adorable toppings for cupcakes and add that extra touch to make your dessert more festive. | Source

Mint Chocolate Cupcakes for St.Patrick's Day

Try out the recipe below for these mint chocolate cupcakes that are the perfect blend of mint and chocolate; a tasty treat for St.Patrick's Day.
Try out the recipe below for these mint chocolate cupcakes that are the perfect blend of mint and chocolate; a tasty treat for St.Patrick's Day. | Source

Green Eggs and Ham for Breakfast on St.Patrick's Day

Green eggs and ham is an easy and fun breakfast for the kids to enjoy on St.Patrick's Day.
Green eggs and ham is an easy and fun breakfast for the kids to enjoy on St.Patrick's Day. | Source

More Ideas for Easy-To-Make Food for St.Patrick's Day

Treats Using Candy Melts
Food to Use to Add in Green to Recipes
More Dessert Ideas
Marshmallow Pops dipped in green candy melts
Avocados
Green cookies using green food coloring and mint chips
Pretzels and pretzel sticks covered in green candy melts
Broccolli
Rainbow cakes or cupcakes
Chocolate-covered popcorn using green candy melts
Kiwi
Pistachio pudding
 
Zucchini
Mint chocolate chip ice cream

Green Jello and Jello Shots

You can't go wrong with enjoying some green Jello or Jello shots to celebrate St.Patrick's Day.
You can't go wrong with enjoying some green Jello or Jello shots to celebrate St.Patrick's Day. | Source

Green: The Color to Remember for St.Patrick's Day

It is a common occurrence to get pinched if one does not wear something "green" on St.Patrick's Day, at least that was the rule while I went to grade school.

Why is green the color to wear for this holiday?

According to ColorCombos.com, "In the 1700s, green replaced blue and became the official color for Ireland. It is one of the three colors of the modern Irish flag. Green seems like a more logical choice when you consider that Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle because of its beautiful green countryside. The expression “the wearing of the Green” refers to both the shamrock that St. Patrick used to teach the Trinity and the bright green uniforms worn by soldiers during the Irish Rebellion of 1798."

Why get pinched for not wearing green on St.Patrick's Day?

"The mischievous mythical leprechauns form another piece of the pinching tradition. According to the legends, leprechauns delighted in causing mischief, which included tripping, kicking or otherwise harming humans. Wearing green supposedly rendered the wearer invisible to leprechauns, and thus spared the wearer their attentions" (ehow.com).

Pistachio Pudding, Another Green Treat for St.Patrick's Day

Pistachio pudding is another option for something green to eat on St.Patrick's Day.
Pistachio pudding is another option for something green to eat on St.Patrick's Day. | Source

Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Embrace the Color Green

St.Patrick's Day is a fun day to celebrate, whether or not you are Irish. Some of the traditions may not all relate directly to Saint Patrick himself but have become part of the holiday customs.

No matter what holiday or special occasion is going on, food and drinks are always the perfect way to celebrate. Therefore, eat, drink, be merry and embrace the color green this St.Patrick's Day!


©BNadyn 2014



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    kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    Great hub with all kind of things to do for Saint Patrick's Day! I knew that green was not the first colour to represent Ireland but I didn't remember the original colour! It's indeed very green in Ireland and probably not surprising when we know it rains so much. It's interesting to see all the different shades of green in the fields when landing or taking of!

    Enjoy your weekend and have a nice Saint Patrick's Day!

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    I wasn't sure if green was the original color, either, so I thought that was interesting to learn. Thanks and have a great weekend and St.Patrick's Day, too!

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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    This is one holiday I have never really gotten in to, and I'm sure my relative in Cork County, Ireland are quite disgusted to hear that. LOL Nice article for those who like the green. :)

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you, Bill, they might be just don't let them know, LOL. I enjoyed this holiday a lot in elementary school and then didn't celebrate it much after that until just the last few years. My husband is part Irish so we try to acknowledge it and do little things to celebrate, mostly for the kids. All the green seems to be exciting to them. Have a nice weekend. :)

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    Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    BNadyn, these are great recipe ideas! I love that the photos are all your own.

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you, Careermommy! I enjoy taking photos even of food LOL. Have a wonderful weekend. :)

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    Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

    Interesting and very useful.

    Voted up and wishing you a great day.

    Eddy.

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Hi Eddy, thank you and wishing you a great day, too. :)

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