Kids like to help in the kitchen — whether we want them to or not!
These St. Patrick’s Day food ideas are all kid-level simple, though, so let them take the lead while you play the helper.
1. Add green food coloring and Lucky Charms marshmallows to your favorite pancake mix.
Top it with whipped cream — because you can never have enough sugar.
2. Use food coloring to make some rainbow waffles, then top them with whipped cream clouds.
You might need to be a little more hands-on depending on how old your kids are, but look how fun! Follow this rainbow waffle recipe and you’ll have a seriously colorful breakfast.
3. Create rainbow cloud donuts with pipe cleaners and Froot Loops.
A box of Froot Loops, a bag of powdered sugar donuts and some pipe cleaners are all you need for this fun treat.
Let the kids string the Fruit Loops onto pipe cleaners, then help them to bend their new rainbows into the centers of two donuts.
4. Make some easy green cupcakes with your favorite cake mix.
Add a few drops of green food coloring. Top with vanilla frosting and some green sprinkles.
5. Keep it cute — and simple — with mini Oreos dipped in white chocolate and green sprinkles.
This is seriously the easiest. Get yourself a bag of mini Oreos, some white chocolate wafers and some green sprinkles.
Melt the chocolate, dip the Oreos and top with as many sprinkles as possible. Done.
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6. Put a St. Patrick’s twist on an old staple with Lucky Charms Krispy Treats.
Melt 3 tablespoons butter and an entire 10-oz. bag of mini marshmallows in the microwave. When it’s all gooey, mix in 6 cups of Lucky Charms.
Press the mixture into a greased 8×8 pan and try not to eat them until they cool — but you probably will, and we get that.
7. Make some chocolate covered strawberries that’ll make St. Patrick proud.
Dip your strawberries in white or milk chocolate then drizzle with melted green candy wafers. Top with sprinkles and you’re good to go!
TIP: After you wash your strawberries, make sure they’re completely dry or the chocolate won’t stick.
8. Try a treat without the extra sugar and make a green fruit salad.
Green apples, green grapes, pears, honeydew and starfruit all make an appearance in this tasty fruit salad. You could also add some shamrock sprinkles. Just sayin’.
9. Use mint M&M’s, rainbow sprinkles, mini marshmallows and rainbow sour strips to make some leprechaun bark.
Melt milk chocolate in the microwave according to the package directions then spread it out on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
While it’s still melty, sprinkle the rest of your ingredients. Chill for at least an hour and then break it all apart. Voila!
10. Make marshmallows even more sweet with sprinkles and almond bark.
You need marshmallows (the bigger the better), almond bark, lollipop sticks and sprinkles.
Put lollipop sticks into your marshmallows and melt your almond bark according to the package directions.
Once your bark is melted, dip your marshmallows enough so that they’re covered, then immediately roll them in some sprinkles.
11. Toss together some popcorn, pretzels and M&M’s for a St. Patty’s Day snack mix.
We think popcorn, pretzels and green M&M’s with a little melting chocolate drizzled over work really well for this snack mix, but you can do whatever your leprechaun heart desires. Get fancy!
12. Make some super simple shamrock crispy treats.
Make the traditional Rice Krispies Treats according to the directions on the box, then cut them with shamrock cookie cutters.
Drizzle with green icing and nosh away!
13. Make green Jell-O parfaits with lime Jell-O and Cool Whip.
What kid doesn’t like Jell-O? Follow this simple tutorial to make this green treat.
14. Chill out on St. Patty’s Day with some floats made from lime sherbet and lemon-lime soda.
Lemon-lime soda and a scoop (or two, or three….) of lime sherbet. Could it be any easier?
15. Use M&M’s and candy wafers to make some effortless pretzel treats.
Top each pretzel with a candy wafer and stick them in a 350-degree oven for 2-3 minutes. Pull them out and top with green M&M’s before you stick them in the fridge for 15 minutes.
TIP: Help any little kids with the M&M’s because that chocolate will be HOT.
16. Pistachio pudding and Lucky Charms make a sweet parfait.
You could also just add food coloring to vanilla pudding. Either way, layer it with Lucky Charms and whipped cream. Easy peasy.
17. Toss some green M&M’s into your puppy chow!
Or do you call them Muddy Buddies? Either way, grab some Chex Mix and follow the instructions on the box, then have your kiddo toss in some green M&M’s. Who doesn’t love this stuff?