a little pot ‘o gold

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We always enjoy making St. Patrick’s Day fun for our kids with special snacks, crafts and family traditions. In fact, St. Patrick’s Day  themed food just might be their favorite holiday cuisine. They always get a kick out of green milk and pancakes, rainbow pizzas and veggies, and green creamscicles, as well as any other crazy green treat we concoct. This year we were inspired by the ever elusive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, so we came up with a couple of cute, gold themed snacks that are easy to make.

St. Patrick’s Day Marshmallow Pops

Our marshmallow pops are always a hit, and they are so incredibly easy to make that we just had to whip up a batch for St. Patrick’s Day! The minute we found the gold and green sprinkles we knew they were a perfect fit for our marshmallow pops.

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Start by inserting the paper straws into the jumbo marshmallows so that they are about 3/4 the way in. Pour the sprinkles into a bowl, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat. Place the candy melts into a microwave safe bowl and heat in the microwave for 45 seconds, then stir with a spatula and heat for another 45 seconds. Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir again. The candy melts are ready when they are almost completely melted.

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Dip the marshmallow into the candy melt mixture so that about 1/3 of the marshmallow is covered. Twist the straw around a bit to make sure the marshmallow is well coated. Remove the marshmallow and wipe off the bottom and the edges against the bowl so that you don’t have too much candy melt on the marshmallow. Then dip the marshmallow in the sprinkles until the candy melt is covered in sprinkles. Place the marshmallow pop on the baking sheet with the straw end up and let cool.

Pots of Gold Cupcakes

We fell in love with the idea of making little pots of gold from mini cupcakes and the kids were particularly excited to go a little crazy with the sprinkles and chocolate coins. You can make chocolate cupcakes and vanilla icing from scratch or make it easy with store-bought cupcake mix and frosting.

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Start by heating your oven according to the temperature indicated on the cake mix box. Then line the mini cupcake tin with the cupcake liners. Prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the box. Fill the cupcake liners half way. You don’t want to fill them too much because you’ll want the cupcakes to be flat on top so that you can fit the frosting and all the sprinkles. Once the cupcakes are done, let them cool completely. We used a pastry bag without a tip to frost the cupcakes, but you can also use a knife to spread the frosting on each cupcake. We place the frosted cupcakes in a glass baking dish and then let the kids have fun sprinkling them with all the different kinds of gold sprinkles. Let the kids go crazy…these cupcakes look so cute with sprinkles piled on in no particular order! The baking dish helps because it catches all the stray sprinkles. Then we placed one or two small gold coins in the top of each cupcake and voila…little pots ‘o gold!

Happy cooking!


Ashley + Hallman

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