Whether you observe it as a regional ethnic and/or religious holiday (in Ireland it’s a solemnity and holy day of obligation) or as an excuse to go all out and drink green Guinness beer at the parades, Saint Patrick’s Day seems to have something for everyone ranging from leprechauns, Irish music, riverdance, the major city parades, pots of gold and rainbows, shamrocks, 4 leaf clovers. Celtic Crosses, and green beer as well as excessive alcohol consumption of beer and whiskey. If you live in Chicago, then the city’s waterways will be green. For those who don’t know anything about Saint Patrick, he was a 5th century Romano-British guy who was kidnapped by pirates and enslaved in Ireland for 6 years. Once he escaped, he decided to become a priest and return there as a missionary to convert the Irish to Christianity and was later consecrated as a bishop. After he died, he was made patron saint of Ireland as well as my dad’s namesake. Now the reason we all wear green on Saint Patrick’s Day because most of Ireland is Roman Catholic and let’s say unless you went to high school with me, you don’t want to wear orange on March 17th because it denotes Protestantism and domination under the British Crown. And if you’re in Northern Ireland on Saint Patrick’s Day, well, you might not want to wear either (but the violence going on there is political, by the way). Oh, and he didn’t drive all the snakes out of Ireland either that’s just a symbolic parable since there were no snakes in Ireland to begin with yet, the shamrock story was probably real, sort of. Pittsburgh is one of the many places that celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day with a parade. And while the Irish can complain all they want to about how the Americans commemorate their patron saint’s day, it’s one of the reasons why Saint Patrick’s Day is such a popular holiday all over the world that it’s even celebrated in Japan (with some celebrations lasting all through March), Malaysia, Germany, Switzerland, France, South Korea, Argentina, and Russia (with celebrations lasting for over a week). Yet, fortunately for them, this one isn’t about Irish drinks though I might do a post on that in the future. Instead, I’ll do a post on all the wonderful treats you can make (or buy) for your Saint Patrick’s Day party whether you be a parent, repressed culinary arts student, or whatever. So to celebrate Irish pride, be wasted, or needing celebrate something between Mardi Gras and Easter, I give you my post on these Lucky Saint Patrick’s Day treats.
1. Top of the morning with this stack of green pancakes.
No surprise if this person used any green maple syrup on these. Yet, the stack seems quite high for a standard serving.
2. These jello coins would go perfect with any Irishman’s pot of gold.
Just as long as they’re not made from leprechaun urine. But let’s not dwell on such disgusting thoughts, please.
3. With these cupcakes, you can taste the rainbow.
Yet, unlike skittles, most of these cupcakes will taste like vanilla. But I’m sure that the coins are chocolate, but they probably taste bad.
4. For your Saint Patrick’s Day, hit the jackpot with these rainbow jello cups with whipped cream.
Not sure if they contain alcohol but since Saint Patrick’s Day is more for adults, I wouldn’t be surprised. Still, you have to like how they stick coins on the top in whipped cream.
5. Some have a rainbow cake, while others have a rainbow in the cake.
Seriously, I have no idea how this is done. Yet, it does look quite pretty. Not to mention, this cake has green icing.
6. If you don’t want to use food coloring for your rainbow, I’m sure fruit would do just fine.
Toppings on these cupcakes include strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, kiwi, blueberries, grapes, and marshmallows. Yet, for a second, I thought this was some sort of rainbow sushi configuration.
7. Make your Saint Patrick’s Day party wonderful with these lovely shamrock cookies.
Now these shamrocks seem like they can be from a Dr. Seuss storybook. Nevertheless, more intricate than I can master.
8. While red velvet is great for Valentine’s Day, Saint Patrick’s Day has green velvet cupcakes, too.
Now these cupcakes are quite green. Wonder if I can get the recipe to make some for my high school or college reunion, if my graduating classes have them.
9. Celebrate your Saint Patrick’s Day with these cupcakes of green beer pints.
I’m not sure if you want to give these to children. It might give them the wrong idea. Yet I love the icing effects on the frothing top.
10. For this Saint Patrick’s Day, put a little leprechaun in your child’s lunch this year.
I’m not sure you can retain the shape in a plastic bag, but I have to admire the artistry here. I especially like the marshmallow and chocolate eyes as well as the carrot beard.
11. These rainbow cupcakes are the exact thing your Saint Patrick’s Day party needs.
I’m not sure if the rainbows are edible but the cloud icing sure is fluffy. May not lead you to your pot of gold but the kiddies will love these.
12. Bring in the Saint Patrick’s Day freshness with these mint shamrock Oreos.
Nice they have the mint filling with a carved shamrock on top to bring in the Saint Patrick’s Day spirit. Yet, I wonder if these are bought or made.
13. For your Saint Patrick’s Day snack why don’t you try these shamrock nachos with a pot of cheese gold dip?
Of course, this would’ve been a perfect snack for my father. Unfortunately, he had to go on a low sodium diet. Yet, the chips might work but the cheese is totally Velveeta.
14. Make Saint Patrick’s Day special for your kids with these lovely little leprechaun hats.
Now these seem to include marshmallows, thin mints, chocolate, and icing. Your children will go as hyper as henshit over these.
15. You might not get your pot of gold. Yet, you can always have your pot of gold chocolate cake.
Nevertheless, I wonder what the shamrock and coins are made of. Probably not something that’s worth anything. Yet, the pot is pure chocolate and that’s all what matters.
16. Instead of tricking a leprechaun to find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, you can make your own.
Now these include: sour rainbow Airheads, marshmallows, chocolate, filling, and golden sprinkles. Of course, you might want to carry one with both hands.
17. These cupcakes come in two flavors: vanilla and green.
Now these cupcakes would be great for children since they contain leprechauns, four leaf clovers, pots of gold, and rainbows.
18. For a great Saint Patrick’s Day centerpiece, you can’t do wrong with this leprechaun hat cake.
Of course, this hat might be too big for an actual leprechaun. Yet, I love the shamrocks on this green hat.
19. For appetizers, these small shamrock pizzas will bring you luck, sort of.
I’m not sure if a 3 shamrock pepper pizza may or may not be lucky. Yet, I think these are quite adorable.
20. Of course, nothing could make an Irish man jig than a cheese pizza with shamrock leaves.
I’m not sure what those leaves are. Must be some kind of herb that consists of a single leaf meant to resemble a 3 leaf clover.
21. This Saint Patrick’s Day, treat your guests to these cream cheese shamrock brownies.
It’s ingenious on how the shamrocks are sort of green. Yet, I love the chocolate brownie part of them more.
22. Wake up on this Saint Patrick’s Day with these rainbow waffles.
Of course, the whipped cream on the waffles doubles for clouds. Yet, I’m sure your kids will love this.
23. For a little Mexican flavor in your Saint Patrick’s Day, here is your shamrock taco.
Courtesy of Bernardo O’Higgins with the 4 leaf clover pepper to boot. Yet, I bet this is the kind of food Pope Francis eats on Saint Patrick’s Day if he ever celebrates it for Argentina has a large Irish population.
24. Nothing says Saint Patrick’s Day like a shamrock cake with gold coins on it.
Of course, this would be more in the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day if it included a leprechaun, rainbow, and pot of gold but I don’t think the baker had the budget.
25. For your Saint Patrick’s Day lunch, you can use peppers as shamrocks.
And I see that this person is twice as lucky since they have 2 4 leaf clovers on their plate. Also, they have some creamy dressing to dip them in.
26. Celebrate your Saint Patrick’s Day with this lovely pot of gold pizza.
Of course, since peppers only come in red, green, and yellow, the rainbow doesn’t have a lot of color variation. Yet, this pizza is quite inventive and I do like the shamrocks.
27. Wish your guests luck on Saint Patrick’s Day with this shamrock bread.
Yet, how they got the shamrock in the bread, I’ll never know. Seriously, how in the hell did they do that?
28. Now you have rainbow cupcakes, yet these have the rainbow in the cupcakes.
Of course, while the bottom is in green velvet, the top rainbow part is covered in chocolate to conceal the surprise.
29. Now these green velvet cupcakes with the rainbow icing and gold coins seem good enough to eat.
And upon looking at these, I thought the icing consisted of rainbow candy canes. Yet, the coins sure seem edible but I could be wrong.
30. Since Ireland is a big potato country, then it’s only appropriate to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with some green mashed potatoes.
Now I love potatoes just as much as the next Irish girl, but still, these are quite disgusting. Seriously, green mashed potatoes?
31. Get in the Saint Patrick’s Day spirit with treating your guests to an all in one green dinner.
Now I know this is just a normal dinner with chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, and a bun. Yet, add green food color and it seems quite sickening.
32. Treat your kids this Saint Patrick’s Day with this green macaroni and cheese.
Compared to the mashed potatoes and the dinner, it may not be as healthy but it’s sure way less disgusting.
33. For your guests at your Saint Patrick’s Day party, you can’t go wrong with these shamrock buns.
Of course, those shamrocks are probably herbs since real clover may not be tasty to humans and more delectable to cows.
34. Nothing brings out the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day than this shamrock pizza.
If it weren’t for the red pepper bits, I could’ve sworn it was the same cheese pizza from 15 only baked. Also, those aren’t real clovers.
35. Include your dog in the Saint Patrick’s Day festivities with these shamrock dog treats.
Now I’m not sure what to think about the icing. Yet, these would be totally appropriate for an Irish wolfhound or an Irish setter since they are breeds from the Emerald Isle.
36. For appetizers, nothing will satisfy your Saint Patrick’s Day party guests more than green ravioli.
The green coloring agent here is probably pesto but I can’t be exactly sure on these things. However, I can’t comment on the filling.
37. Make your Saint Patrick’s Day special with an English muffin shamrock pizza.
Of course, I could tell it’s an English muffin since it’s small and the bottom seems powdered not smooth. Then again, it could be a bagel but I’m not sure.
38. Capture the rainbow for your Saint Patrick’s Day party with this rainbow vegetable tray.
So 3 peppers stand in for red, yellow, and green. Carrots are orange, purple cauliflower is purple, and blue is represented by blue nacho chips, which I assume is the only reason why they have anything to do here.
39. Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with these shamrocks made from Fruity Pebbles.
Basically Fruity Pebbles is a cereal with spokesmen who celebrate holidays before they’re supposed to exist. Let’s agree that The Flintstones take place in some kind of alternative universe of some sort.
40. Eat like an Irishman this Saint Patrick’s Day with this shamrock corned beef and cabbage salad.
Okay, this looks disgusting. Also, I tried corned beef once, too salty. Seriously, that shamrock looks like brains.
41. Send your kid off to school with this one of a kind Saint Patrick’s Day lunch.
Now this includes some 4 leaf clover jello and a sandwich with a cheese and pepper 4 leaf shamrock design. Also has “LUCKY” spelled out in bread.
42. Nothing makes Saint Patrick’s Day better than these leprechaun related cake pops.
Now these consist of hats and pots of gold on sticks. I’ll be lucky if some of them have chocolate in them.
43. Rock out on your Saint Patrick’s Day party with these shamrock guitar cookies.
Those who have such cookies probably have a collection of Irish music consisting of Van Morrison, Dropkick Murphys, and U2.
44. For you Irish parents out there, I’m sure your kids will love these shamrock sandwiches in their lunches.
One consists of a parsley and cheese Irish flag while the other is of a cucumber 4 leaf clover. Yet, I’m not sure whether they’re the filling or the top.
45. For you adults out there (and I mean adults), celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with these Irish inspired jello shots.
On second thought, these would be great for my high school reunion, if it ever comes or if I ever feel like going to it.
46. Have the Irish luck on your backs this Saint Patrick’s Day morning with a 4 leaf clover pancake.
I’m not sure what to think about having syrup on that. Really makes the pancake change color for some reason.
47. I wouldn’t say it’d be wise to leave out these green owl cookies during your Saint Patrick’s Day party.
I’m not sure what significance owls have on Saint Patrick’s Day yet, these are quite cute. Seriously, they’re adorable and I don’t care.
48. For your Saint Patrick’s Day snack you can’t go wrong with shamrock pretzels.
Now this includes pretzels you can get in any bag at the grocery store, white chocolate, green icing, and green sugar. Basically the easiest treats for this post.
49. Make your guests lucky this Saint Patrick’s Day with these Rainbow and pot of gold cookies.
One thing about these cookies which makes my head scratch is how in the hell can you buy golden sprinkles? Seriously, I’ve never seen those in any store I’ve been to (or maybe I wasn’t paying any attention).
50. Treat your neighborhood Irish cop this Saint Patrick’s Day with these rainbow donuts.
Of course, some people might associate rainbow donuts with some other event, especially in San Francisco if you get my drift. Yet, these are pretty.
51. Celebrate your Saint Patrick’s Day with this loaf of rainbow bread.
All you need to add is flour, yeast, water, and hallucinogenic brown acid from Woodstock (just kidding about the last part, but I couldn’t resist for the caption).
52. Treat your Saint Patrick’s Day party guests with these lovely rainbow cookies.
Now I wonder how they brought out the colors in these beautiful cookies. Yet I know they broke them in half once out of the oven.
53. Nothing makes a better dessert on Saint Patrick’s Day than rainbow pudding.
Of course, I wonder how these colors manage to not mix together. Still, pretty creative and I love the purple.
54. For your Saint Patrick’s Day party, treat your guests to these rainbow shish kabobs.
Now I’m sure most of the veggies are of their natural color save the one that’s supposed to represent blue. I mean how many blue vegetables can you name?
55. Nothing makes a Saint Patrick’s Day party than a cake with a leprechaun, rainbow, and a pot of gold.
Of course, this cake needs 2 dishes since the pot of gold was made separately and is so big. Also, I don’t know what to make of that leprechaun.
56. Accommodate your top of the morning needs with a green bagel or 2.
Now green dinners are one thing, but I’m not sure of what to make out with green bagels. Seriously, this green craze is getting a bit out of hand.
57. Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with this 4 leaf clover shamrock pizza.
Of course, pesto might’ve been great to use as sauce because I don’t think these peppers bring the green out enough.
58. For appetizers, you can’t go wrong with green deviled eggs during your Saint Paddy’s celebration.
Of course, if you serve them with green ham, then you might as well have a Dr. Seuss celebration. Yet, make sure the green ham doesn’t contain trichinosis.
59. Have a healthy Saint Patrick’s Day party with this rainbow and pot of gold fruit and candy tray.
Now this rainbow consists of strawberries, orange slices, pineapple, white and purple grapes, and blueberries. Also has marshmallow and caramel candies in the gold wrapper.
60. Celebrate your Saint Patrick’s Day with a dinner of shamrock chicken pot pie.
Now this may be traditional Irish fare, but this pie must be small because it seems like it was made for one person. Note the fork.
61. For your Saint Patrick’s Day snack, you can’t do wrong with these shamrock cheese toasts.
You have to like how they use these green peppers as shamrocks and how they got cheese to resemble gold.
62. You’ve seen the shamrock cake. Now this one puts the shamrock in the cake.
Of course, the shamrock is green velvet while the rest of it is vanilla in 7 layers. Once again, I don’t know anything about such process to get this.
63. Treat your little leprechauns to these leprechaun ice cream cones.
Now I’m sure these had to spend some time in the freezer, knowing how ice cream melts. Yet, they may not help you find a pot of gold but they sure are cute.
64. Nothing says Saint Patrick’s Day like a shamrock made from Rice Krispies.
Of course, nobody should ever underestimate the creative potential of marshmallows, Rice Krispies, and food coloring. I mean I’ve basically had Rice Krispie stuff on almost every treat post.
65. Of course, you can always make Saint Patrick’s Day treats with Lucky Charms cereal.
Of course, you can also have them with a side of green milk, too. Yet, you might not want to tell Lucky the Leprechaun about this though.
66. Treat your Saint Patrick’s Day guests with these cannoles (or eclairs) with green filling.
The picture says these are eclairs but they look like cannoles to me. for some reason. Yet, I love the icing shamrocks on them.
67. Now these cookies emphasize what Saint Patrick’s Day is all about: leprechauns, pots of gold, Ireland, and beer.
Eh, I’m not sure if you’d want beer on a Saint Patrick’s Day cookie, especially if your party has kids around. Just saying.
68. Of course, you can’t have a Saint Patrick’s Day party without shamrock and Guinness cake pops.
Now I’ve had cake pops on a lot treat posts, yet I’m not sure if a Guinness pint one is a good idea. Seriously, it’s beer.
69. These Rice Krispie shamrocks wish you a happy Saint Patrick’s Day.
Of course, these seem quite happy for some reason. However, I’m not sure about putting faces on shamrocks yet I guarantee your kids will love them.
70. Wish your Saint Patrick’s Day guests good luck with these fortune cookies.
Of course, these cookies were probably the brain child of some Toshiro O’Flaherty. Yet, I’ve featured such cookies in treat posts before.
71. For the technicolor sensation, try some rainbow cake this Saint Patrick’s Day.
Of course, this comes in 6 different layers and is covered in rainbow M&Ms, apparently. Yet, it looks quite good.
72. Engage in the Irish spirit with these shamrock cookies.
Seems like someone really loves decorating shamrocks for some reason. Yet, I wonder how he or she pulls of the plaid.
73. I’m sure your little leprechauns will delight in these hat cookies.
Of course, they consist of 2 chocolate covered cookies from the store, peanut butter to hold them together, and gum drops to decorate. Of course, I’d just take off the gumdrop before eating.
74. For Saint Patrick’s Day, you can’t go wrong with these shamrock snacks.
Now these consists of pretzels, icing, green syrup, and green M&Ms. Nevertheless, these are adorable.
75. Give your guests luck on Saint Patrick’s Day with these shamrock chocolates.
And what better way to have them than green on a stick? Well, they may not all be green yet the come in so many varieties.
76. Bring some luck to your Saint Patrick’s Day morning with this 4 leaf shamrock spinach bake.
Of course, if you didn’t see the orange slices, many wouldn’t think it was a breakfast food. Yet, I wonder how they manage to pull this off.
77. For the kids on Saint Patrick’s Day, what better snacks for them to make than rainbows on a stick?
All you need are Fruit Loops, marshmallows, and skewers. Yet, I’m not sure how you get the arch most rainbows have.
78. Nothing brings the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day than some rainbow toast.
Of course, these manage to have their color mostly because they’re all covered in sugar. Nevertheless, they are quite pretty.
79. Find your pot of gold with these leprechaun cupcakes.
Sadly, these leprechauns won’t help you find their pot of gold. Yet, they’re quite adorable and your kids will certainly love them.
80. With shamrock cupcakes like these, your Saint Patrick’s Day is as good as gold.
Now you have to admire how they used little Debbie cakes to bring out the Blarney Stone. Yet, these sure look tasty, especially since they’re chocolate.