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St. Patrick’s Day Treats For Kids

St. Patrick’s Day Treats For Kids

Leprechauns, shamrocks, and Celtic music. Before the first day of Spring, many American towns and cities will be awash in green to celebrate the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day. Irish or not, it’s a fun way to usher in the upcoming season, celebrate with friends, and treat the kids to yummy green versions of everyday foods and snacks.

So break out your green attire and green food coloring as we roundup some of our favorite kid-friendly treats and Irish-inspired snack ideas to celebrate St. Paddy’s at home. This festive Irish holiday is the perfect excuse to treat little ones to some St. Patrick’s Day treats, and even involve them in the cooking process.

Our General Managers in Nashville, TN and Dothan, AL have also shared some of their favorite kid-friendly, green recipes to inspire your shamrock-hued treats. 

Homemade Peppermint Patty Cups

Using four simple and fresh ingredients, you can create your own peppermint patties. The hardest part is waiting for them to harden in the refrigerator. Using a food processor, blend coconut, fresh mint, and coconut oil for two minutes. Melt chocolate chips. Place cupcake liners into your muffin tin. Scoop a small amount of chocolate into each cupcake liner. Then scoop the coconut mixture on top. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Use the remaining chocolate to cover the coconut mixture. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, then enjoy! 

Shamrock Pretzel Pops

**InTown Suites General Manager Pick**

shamrock pretzels - a st. patrick's day treat for kids

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A portable snack with a festive twist. Take three regular pretzels and one pretzel stick, and dip them in melted green chocolate wafers. Then place them on wax paper in the shape of a shamrock to dry. Drizzle with more chocolate on top to connect the four pretzels if needed. Decorate with sprinkles and green candies to create chocolate-ty shamrock pops!

Lucky Charms Treats

These magical Lucky Charms treats can be enjoyed no matter what time of year, but if you are making them in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, keep your eyes peeled for the St. Patrick’s Day edition of Lucky Charms filled with themed marshmallows. 

  • Lucky Charms Jell-O Cups

**InTown Suites General Manager Pick**

Forget a pot of gold, these green cups are what we’re searching for. Fill a clear cup with lime-flavored gelatin and let set. Once the Jell-O is ready, add a layer of whip cream, and top with the colorful marshmallows from Lucky Charms cereal. Grab a spoon and dig into these delicious Lucky Charms Jell-O Cups.

  • Lucky Charms Cupcakes with Neon Marshmallow Frosting

    lucky charms cupcake - a delicious st. patrick's day treat

    neighborfoodblog.com

These cupcakes combine Lucky Charms-infused milk with marshmallow fluff frosting to create the experience of eating your favorite cereal in cupcake form. First, let Lucky Charms soak in milk for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. After you drain the cereal, you will use this milk to make your cupcakes. The marshmallow-like frosting is created from egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar. Use food coloring to create vibrant neon colors, just like Lucky Charms’ marshmallows. Garnish your cupcakes with dry Lucky Charms cereal.  

  • Lucky Charms Rice Krispy Treats

Kids will love the St. Patrick’s Day twist on this classic homemade treat. Melt 1 stick of butter in a large pot. Add in 1/2 a teaspoon of salt and a 16oz bag of mini marshmallows. Keep stirring until the marshmallows have melted completely. Reduce the heat and add in the box of cereal. Stir gently until combined, then pour the mixture into a 9×13 pan. Don’t forget to grease your pan with cooking spray first. Gently press down the mixture until even. Cool, cut into squares, and enjoy!

  • Lucky Charms Muddy Buddies

This scrumptious and festive St. Patrick’s Day treat takes the traditional muddy buddies (or puppy chow) recipe and simply replaces the Chex cereal and milk chocolate with Lucky Charms and white chocolate. The peanut butter and powdered sugar stay the same. This recipe is no-bake and great for getting your kids involved. 

St. Patrick’s Day Fudge

Using one pot and four ingredients, create a fully green treat perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. Combine sweetened condensed milk, white chocolate chips, vanilla extract, and green food coloring into a heavy saucepan. Once combined, pour the fudge mixture into a parchment paper-lined pan. Add green sprinkles for even more festive fun. 

Matcha Baked Doughnuts

matcha doughnuts - a naturally green st. patrick's day treat for kids

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Looking for a healthier treat that is naturally green? These doughnuts are infused with matcha, which is a powder made from Japanese tea leaves that are naturally green, sweet, and healthy. After baking your matcha-infused doughnuts you can decorate them with a matcha glaze, matcha cane sugar, or matcha powdered sugar. 

Mint Chocolate Treats

 

  • Mint Chocolate Icebox Cupcakes

These no-bake cupcakes are sure to impress. First, pick a chocolate or chocolate-mint flavored cookie. (Anna’s Chocolate Mint Thins work well.) Make a peppermint flavored whipped cream using heavy cream, powdered sugar, peppermint extract, and green food coloring. Then, layer cookies and whipped cream with the top layer as whipped cream. (We recommend using three cookie layers.) Decorate the top layer with sprinkles or crushed Andes Mints. Place icebox cupcakes in the fridge for at least two hours. 

    • Mint Chocolate Zebra Cheesecake

      mint zebra cheesecake - a beautiful st. patrick's day treat for kids

      hostthetoast.com

Here is another delicious no-bake treat. Despite the high-end appearance of this cake, the ingredients are typical, and the recipe is simple. The crust is made from crushed mint Oreos and melted butter. The filling is created with gelatin powder, cold water, cream cheese, heavy cream, milk, sugar, cocoa powder, and mint extract. See the how-to video and full recipe here. 

  • Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

These cupcakes will look just like mint chocolate ice cream and taste just as amazing! After making chocolate mint cupcakes, you will create a double batch of mint buttercream frosting. Scoop the frosting onto each cupcake just like a big scoop of ice cream. No freezer required. 

  • Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies 

This recipe creates soft and chewy peppermint cookies filled with green mint chips, chocolate chips, and Andes mints. The cookie dough is created with all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, an egg, and peppermint extract. Before baking, add in the chips and candies, approximately ½ cup of each. After 10 minutes in the oven, you can enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day treat.

Checkerboard Cake

checkerboard cake for a st. partrick's day treat for kids

sallysbakingaddiction.com

Create this show-stopping checkerboard-patterned cake by simply using a few handy kitchen tools. Use a basic vanilla cake recipe and split the batter in half before baking. Add green food coloring to one half and colorful sprinkles to the other. Bake in 9” cake pans. Here’s a great video that explains the simple secret behind this magical-looking cake. 

Pistachio Pudding Rice Krispies Treats

Here’s another great St. Patrick’s Day twist on a classic. Using pistachio pudding mix and green food coloring, transform the typical homemade Rice Krispies Treats into a green-colored festive treat your kids are sure to enjoy. Top with a chocolate drizzle, because, why not? After they harden, cut, and enjoy!

Lime Sherbet Floats

**InTown Suites General Manager Pick**

lime sherbert floats - a simple st. patrick's day treat for kids

homecookingmemories.com

This St. Patrick’s Day drink is simple but tasty. Add two to three scoops of lime sherbet to a clear glass, and top with a lemon-lime flavored soda—careful of foam and bubbles! Add a straw or spoon and enjoy. It’s so easy, even the kids can make them!

 

If you plan on traveling this St. Patrick’s Day, our InTown Suites extended-stay suites have full kitchens and other home-like amenities to make every stay feel like your home away from home. At our new InTown Suites Select properties, all of our Premium suites have new flip-top tables just perfect for making these delicious treats with your family. Happy St. Patrick’s Day from everyone at InTown Suites!

 

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