Sunday, February 27, 2011

Shamrock Snacks for St. Patricks Day

Shamrock Snack

St. Patrick's Day is a very special day in our home.  No, we aren't Irish... but it is the same day that my hubby and I met about 14 years ago.  So we like to find ways to make the day special.  Now that our kids are getting older, it is fun to find ways to make it special for them too.

So here are some of the things we've been up to...

Hanging, Sparkly Shamrocks


We made these shamrocks to hang in the window, which the kids had a lot of fun making.  We followed the directions for the Stained Glue Valentine Hearts found at HolidayCraftsAndCreations.com, HERE.

We used green yarn in place of string, and added lots of green glitter to the top of the glue.  I hung them with fish line.

Just note, it took our shamrocks a couple days to completely dry... and we are in the dry winter here in the Midwest.  So prepare your kids for a long wait to enjoy their creations!


Shamrock Snacks

Shamrock Snack

Aren't these cute?!  I came across the idea in the March 2011 issue of Family Fun Magazine.  I couldn't wait to try these with the kids.  HERE is the link to the FamilyFun.com directions.  However, I've outlined them with photos below :)

Ingredients:
- Pkg of Yogurt Pretzels
- White Chocolate Chips (I used about 1/2 a bag, or 1 cup)
- Green Frosting (I made my own, using a great recipe from Allrecipes.com found HERE)
- Green Sprinkles

Directions:
1)  Place about 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips in a glass dish, and microwave for 30 seconds at about 50% power.  Stir.  Do this two or three times, until you are able to completely melt the chips.  DO NOT OVER HEAT!

You should be able to stir the chocolate smooth and free of lumps.

2)  Line a surface or baking sheet with wax paper.

3)  Dip the bottom half of a pretzel in the melted chocolate, making sure each side is nicely coated.  Place the pretzel onto your wax paper.

4)  Repeat Step 3 with the second and third pretzels, laying each to form the shape of a shamrock.

5)  If you have broken pretzels, you can use them for the stem of your shamrock.  If not, you can carefully cut pretzels like we did below.

 6)  Dip the end of the shamrock stems into the melted chocolate, and put into place on the wax paper.

 Here is what your shamrocks will look like when assembled.  Some of them, we chose to lay the stem flat, while others (like this one below) we had placed so that it stood off of the wax paper.

And we thought we'd try to to make some four-leaf clovers while we were at it... of course, right?

7)  Time to mix up some frosting!  I used a great Sugar Cookie Icing recipe from Allrecipes.com, found HERE.  I like this frosting because it sets hard, and is easy to whip up.  I doubled the recipe, and found that I had twice as much frosting as I needed.  So if you use one package of yogurt pretzels, you can expect to follow the recipe as it is written.
Icing Recipe:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tsp milk
- 2 tsp light corn syrup
- 1/4 tsp almond extract (or vanilla)
- we added green food color

I added it to a piping bag with a small tip, but you could just as easily use a Ziploc bag and cut a small tip off of the corner.

8)  Outline your shamrocks with the icing.  Add your sprinkles soon after, before the frosting begins to set!


And there you have it!  A fun St. Patty's day snack!

We ended up with 18 shamrocks, using all of the pretzels that came in the package.  Not too difficult, and the kids were able to join in.  We give this one a thumbs up!

61 comments:

  1. I shared the link to this post with my readers love the irish fun you shared

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  2. What a simply fun idea!! Please share with my followers, link to my blog bash K.I.S.S. Happy to be a new follower. :)

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  3. Sorry, hit the post button to soon. I can be found at

    http://thetatteredtag.blogspot.com

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  4. These are cute! I love chocolate covered pretzels, thanks for sharing!

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  5. I love the shamrock pretzels, so cute!

    ladybirdln.blogspot.com

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  6. These are adorable! I am featuring this link from the party at Polly on 3/3 @ 7:00 AM. Hope you get some new followers!

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  7. love these, thanks for sharing !!
    -meg
    @ http://www.clutzycooking.blogspot.com

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  8. Those pretzel shamrocks are awesome! I'd love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight: http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

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  9. Those hanging shamrocks are too cool!

    Thanks for stopping by my site! :)

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  10. Those are absolutely adorable! I'm visiting from Hope Studios linky party! I'm going to bookmark this and make it for my son's classrrom on St. Patty's Day!

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  11. I featured you on my blog!! http://kirstikoo.blogspot.com/2011/02/green-link-up.html
    Feel free to link any other ideas you have!!

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  12. what a fantastic idea! I love your tutorial, you explained it very well! I am looking forward to seeing more!

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  13. Those are cute! We might have to make some of these! We LOVE St. Pat's Day too. At our house, the "Naughty Leprechauns" visit while we're sleeping on St. Pat's eve. Last year they threw all of Indy's clean socks and underwear on the floor (and left some green money-$1 bills-among them), rigged his bedroom door so that confetti fell all over him when he opened it, opened all the cabinets and drawers in the kitchen and bathroom, made a tent with two chairs and a green blanket (and left some chocolate coins in the tent), dyed the breakfast eggs and milk green and best of all (according to Indy) dyed the toilet water green. He can't wait to see what they do this year. Sigh.

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  14. How cute! I love those little pretzel shamrocks :) Family Fun magazine always has awesome ideas. Have a good day!
    Katie
    ps- Wednesdays I feature lots of recipes from blogs all over. I'd love for you to stop in.

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  15. What fun crafts and treats. I love how easy they are and how cute they turned out.

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  16. Cute!!

    I'm featuring this on my blog:
    www.imlovinyourblog.blogspot.com

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  17. These are so cute (I always love the ideas from Family Fun). I'm excited to look through your blog, looks like you have a lot of fun things to offer :O).

    We try to make St. Patricks Day fun at our house as well. "Lucy the Leprechaun" visits leaving behind little green footprints that lead to golden chocolate coins. She also turns the milk green and often leaves new green outfits for a pinch-free day!

    Stop by sometime... http://www.rufflesandricrac.blogspot.com/

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  18. These are adorable!! Thanks for stopping by my blog and entering the makeup giveaway! You have such wonderful ideas! I'm a follower now! :)
    Stephanie @ Playing House

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  19. These pretzels look so fun, & easy enough for the kids to help with!

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  20. These are just adorable! I'm no longer a Girl Scout leader, but I will pass this on to the lady who took my place. Love this one!!

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  21. i love it! these would great gifts for my daughter's classmates.

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  22. I love the Shamrock snacks idea!

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  23. Great idea. I plan to have a St. Patrick's Day tea party with my granddaughters, and I think they would love these cute snacks. Thanks for the instructions! Happy Thursday. Gloria

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  24. These are adorable! I'd love to have you link up at DIY Thrifty Thursday at http://thrifty101.blogspot.com/2011/03/diy-thrifty-thursday-5.html :)

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  25. Those are so cute and I bet yummy too! Thanks for linking up!

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  26. Great idea!!! We will be making these this week!Thanks

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  27. wow! That is so creative!!! Here’s another party if you would like to link up… http://www.bubblynaturecreations.com/2011/03/project-party-weekend-5-ways-to-re.html

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  28. Those are just about the cutest things for St. Patty's Day. I'm going to make them for my son's class.

    Miranda
    www.justdrinkacoke.blogspot.com

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  29. Great job! My 5 year old is super excited to make those with me.

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  30. THis is so cute! I have been looking for something for St. Patty's

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  31. You have been features at CraftOManiac. YA-HOO! Thanks a bunch. winks-jen

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  32. These are so FUN! They look super yummy too!
    I am going to feature this in a Special St. Patrick's Day Features this week!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  33. What a DARLING idea!!! Thanks for linking up to Fun w/Food Friday @ Paisley Passions. Hope you stop by again soon :)

    ~Lori @ Paisley Passions

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  34. This is GENIUS! Please come on over and link up to MMM :)

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  35. You were featured on Craft Envy!
    nv-craftenvy.blogspot.com

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  36. Adorable! And of course it's always necessary to eat the ones that don't quite turn out...right? :) Cute, cute!

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  37. I've been wanting to make these for my kids. Thanks for the helpful tips. So cute!

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  38. We loved these Shamrock snacks so much, we just had to share it on our site.

    all the best,
    Sherry & Wendy @ Kiboomu

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  39. You were featured on Tablescape Times Three this week! We'd love for you to drop by and grab our button! :)
    -Andrea
    http://tablescapex3.blogspot.com/2011/03/great-blog-finds.html

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  40. Really great snack idea! Thanks for sharing.
    moehend@yahoo.com

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  41. thanks for the tutorial! i linked over to here on my blog today.
    http://wifemomwoman.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/st-patricks-day-food-and-treats-ideas/

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  42. These are so stinking cute!!! I featured them on my blog today! Come on over and check it out!

    http://livingcraftilyeverafter.blogspot.com/2011/03/five-fabulous-finds-1.html

    Kelly

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  43. I love this darling & tasty snack idea! Thanks for sharing and I can't wait to make them with my little ones.
    Shauna
    http://myshaenoel.blogspot.com/

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  44. Those pretzel cookies are so dang CUTE! I must make those tooooo!

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  45. Fabulous idea! And such a great activity for kids!

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  46. I agree with everyone else! SO CUTE! I shared on twitter with my followers.

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  47. We featured your Shamrock Snacks in our Sweetest Links..
    http://sweetcraftcakes.blogspot.com/2011/03/sweet-links-party-no-9.html

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  48. Yaa its really cute. Thanks for sharing.

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  49. CU-TE! I will definitely be making these. Just curious, have you tried a candy coating, such as CandiQuik before?
    Thanks for sharing!

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  50. very clever ! Thanks for sharing :)

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  51. What a cute idea - and what is better than sugar and salt together?

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  52. Just stopping by to let you know that I've featured your craft on Family Fun Crafts! You can see it here:
    http://funfamilycrafts.com/shamrock-snacks/


    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I'd love it if you would submit them. :) If you would like to display a
    featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

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  53. Thank you so much for this great idea! My 4 kids just 'helped' me make these tastey shamrocks! My daughter is in the 4th grade and she did most of the chocolate herself while I manned the microwave and her 7yr old brother did the sprinkles. Our 3&4yr.olds just licked up the leftovers while they oogled over the finished product! Liv will take them into school tomorrow. She has a break in her 2 weeks of state standardized testing and they will be a nice surprise for her classmates!

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  54. These are so cute!! What a fun idea. I also wanted you to know that I featured this today at http://www.artsyfartsymama.com/2013/02/pinteresting-features-n-shtuff-70.html

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