24 Feb St. Patrick’s Day Treats You Seriously Need to Try
Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day … right? We all need something to celebrate right about now, and the best way to spread St. Patty’s Day cheer is with some cute and creative desserts. I’m sharing two easy treats for a party or a festive day at home with the family: white chocolate cereal snack mix and homemade shamrock shakes!
Cereal Snack Mix
This St. Patrick’s Day treat is so addicting. It’s *magically delicious* and also incredibly easy to make. Here’s exactly what I used:
-12 oz bag of white chocolate chips
-1.5 tbsp vegetable oil
-2.5 cups Lucky Charms
-2.5 cups Rice Chex
-2 cups pretzels
-3/4 cup M&Ms
Melt the white chocolate chips and oil in the microwave for about 2 minutes. Stir until it’s smooth. Pour it over the remaining ingredients and mix. Spread out the mixture on a wax paper or foil-lined cookie sheet. Once it’s dry, break it up into smaller chunks. To give it more of a St. Patrick’s Day feel, add some extra green M&Ms and Lucky Charms marshmallows on top. Since they’re not covered in chocolate, the colors will pop!
The great thing about this recipe is that you can make substitutions or use whatever you have at home! In the past, I’ve added things like Cheerios, crushed Oreos, nuts, candy and themed sprinkles. Another tip is that this recipe makes a good portion for a family snacking over a few days, but if you’re making this for a big party, I would double this recipe and you’ll have tons to share.
As for the decor, my shamrock bowls are from Home Goods, but I linked two cute similar options below. I love filling them with gold candy like Rolos or Hershey’s nuggets to look like a pot of gold.
Homemade Shamrock Shakes
This copycat recipe for the famous McDonald’s milkshake is another simple one. My fiancé is not a big fan of minty desserts, but he actually ended up loving it. The key is not to use too much extract so the flavor is subtle and not a toothpaste-y taste.
-3 cups vanilla ice cream
-1.5 cups milk (I prefer to use Oatly oat milk but you can use any kind)
-1/4 tsp peppermint or mint extract
-5 drops of green food coloring
This makes 2 small shakes or one large one. Blend all ingredients. Top with whipped cream and Lucky Charms marshmallows.
If you’re making these for an adults-only celebration, I love the idea of a spiked shamrock shake. Adding a shot of peppermint schnapps, vanilla vodka or Bailey’s Irish cream would be delish.
For more St. Patrick’s Day ideas, check out this post with my favorite home decor picks!