In my house, we celebrate St. Patrick's Day by searching for leprechauns. We never actually find them, but we always have fun building leprechaun traps and trying to spot one of the sneaky little creatures. And of course all that chasing makes everyone hungry, so I always prepare fun, festive, and kid-friendly St. Patrick's Day snacks and treats.
Looking for some creative recipes to serve to your own little leprechauns this year? I've rounded up several great ideas for fun St. Patrick's Day foods the whole family will enjoy!
Combine Sprite or 7-Up with lime sherbet to make yummy, green Leprechaun Floats. You can serve these individually, but it's a lot more fun if you mix up an entire batch in a glass pitcher and then challenge your kids to spot the leprechaun hiding inside.
Lucky Charms with Green Milk
Lucky Charms cereal is about the easiest St. Patrick's Day treat you can make — and I love easy — but if you have time, kick this breakfast up a notch by adding a few drops of green food coloring to the milk and serving the Lucky Charms in green cupcake liners. Check out the pictures at Thoughtfully Simple to see how cute this simple St. Patrick's Day breakfast can be.
Pot o' Gold Chex Mix
Almost everyone loves a sweet and salty snack mix, and this recipe for Pot o' Gold Chex Mix from Betty Crocker is no exception. Salty pretzels and nuts combine with Chex cereal, sweet Lucky Charms, and lots of green M&M's to create a delicious and festive St. Patrick's Day snack.
A Leprechaun's Rainbow
What leprechaun wouldn't love a fruit-filled rainbow with a pot of chocolate gold at the end? Serve a crowd with this eye-pleasing platter that makes use of red strawberries, orange cantaloupe, yellow pineapple, green grapes, blue blueberries, and purple grapes to create a leprechaun's rainbow.
Use marshmallows and a small dish of chocolates wrapped in gold paper to make a puffy cloud and a pot of gold at each of the rainbow's ends.
A Rainbow Cake
If you decide to skip the fruit but still want the rainbow, make a Rainbow Cake like the one pictured above. The blog Frugal Upstate has a nice tutorial with plenty of pictures, and it actually doesn't look too difficult. Various combinations of food coloring add a rainbow of color to a standard white cake mix, and white frosting adds the look of puffy clouds to the top.
You could also make Rainbow Cupcakes if you prefer to serve individual treats.
Corned Beef and Cabbage
St. Patrick's Day isn't only about rainbows and leprechauns. Corned Beef and Cabbage with Authentic Irish Soda Bread is considered a traditional St. Patrick's Day dinner, although it turns out that this is more of an American tradition than an Irish one. Boiled bacon served with potatoes may actually be a more realistic Irish meal, but only you can decide how far you want to go for the sake of authenticity (or if your family would actually eat boiled bacon).
How does your family celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Do you make special foods or treats?