Five Desserts for Saint Patrick's Day
St. Patrick’s Day Desserts
All of the Irish and those who are only Irish for one day love to celebrate with great St. Patrick’s Day desserts. Shamrock shakes and floats are popular all over town for the whole month of March.
After a traditional Irish dinner of corned beef with cabbage and potato pancakes, serve a colorful dessert to help celebrate the wearin’ o’ the green. And since we know the Irish have a penchant for the drink, a couple of them are boozy ones.
Lucky Leprechaun Ice Cream Float
The first St. Patrick’s Day dessert is easy to make and tasty. The kids will especially like this one because it’s topped with Lucky Charms. Serve the lucky leprechaun shake as a non-alcoholic before-dinner drink, a dessert especially for the kids, or add a shot of Baily’s Irish Cream for an after-dinner cocktail.
- Place two scoops of lime sherbet in a soda fountain glass
- Fill with ginger ale or club soda.
- Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream
- Decorate with Lucky Charms marshmallow bits
Leprechauns and Rainbows
The leprechauns are tiny little elfin shoemakers who have a pot of gold hidden at the end of rainbows. Legend has it that if you can spot a rainbow and catch a leprechaun at the same time, you will win the pots of gold. But leprechauns are hard to catch. They live deep in the forest and are sly and fast.
Pots of Gold Rainbow Cake
This adorable Saint Patrick Day cake has a fruity rainbow for a little nutrition. Follow the directions on a box of confetti cake mix, or add rainbow sprinkles to your favorite yellow cake mix or recipe. Make the rainbow with pink and green mini-marshmallows, canned peaches, sliced kiwi, and fresh blueberries and raspberries. Attach large marshmallows at each end with toothpicks, then add gold foil coins.
Key Lime Dougnuts
If you like key lime pie and doughnuts, you'll love key lime doughnuts with cream cheese frosting from Bake Your Day. The frosting has a hint of lime juice, Garnish with lime zest and green sprinkles.
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake
From My Recipes, a pretty ice cream cake is made with mint chocolate ice cream and chocolate cake layers. You can also use pistachio ice cream. Garnish with whipped topping and Andes mints. The recipe for the cake is surprisingly easy.
Irish Bread Pudding With Whiskey Caramel Sauce
From Cookie Rookie, warm, delicious bread pudding is soaked with a sauce made with Irish whiskey, butter, cream cheese, and milk. Top with cinnamon and raisins.
St. Patrick’s Day History
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the 17th of March every year. It is considered to be the Feast Day of Saint Patrick the Patron Saint of Ireland. It is a national holiday in Ireland and a provincial holiday in Newfoundland and Canada. Worldwide celebrations of Irish culture include special Mass services in Catholic churches and huge parades in major cities.
In the United States New York City, Chicago, and Savannah, Georgia boasts having the three largest parade celebrations. Lots of green is everywhere to honor the Emerald Isle. Green clowns, a green Santa, and Dalmatians with their coats dyed green are some of the funny sights to see. In Chicago, the river is dyed green for the day, and in Savannah, the beautiful fountain in Forsyth Park (Forrest Gump) spouts green water. Irish clans wearing green go marching through winding streets and everyone claims to be Irish on that day.
St. Patrick Fun Facts
Saint Patrick was not Irish. He was born British in the year AD 390
His family was very wealthy. They had two homes and owned many slaves.
Young Patrick was kidnapped at age 16 and sold into slavery.
He spent six years as a slave on a sheep farm in the chilly Irish hills.
He escaped at age 22 and went home to Wales on a pirate ship.
Saint Patrick returned to Ireland to preach Christianity while in his thirties.
He was beaten by thugs and harassed by Irish royalty.
Saint Patrick did not chase the snakes from Ireland. The snakes can't get through the icy waters surrounding the Isle to inhabit it.
Saint Patrick died in the year AD 461