Legend has it that wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day makes you invisible and allows you to bypass the leprechaun’s pinches. Green is also in Ireland’s tri-color flag and has been used in the flags of Irish revolutionaries throughout history; Ireland’s lush landscape is green; and many believe that St. Patrick utilized the (green) shamrock as a symbol of the holy trinity. All of these facts play a role in why green is the color of choice on this festive holiday.
In the US, the Chicago River is dyed green, as are many foods — from beer to eggs. Although the history behind green food isn’t as fun as we’ve made it, keep things light and continue the tradition with these simple St. Patrick’s Day treat recipes.
Homemade Shamrock Shake
Skip the trip to McDonald’s and save a little money. Make your own St. Patrick’s Day shake with this recipe. Sure, buying the beloved Shamrock Shake is easy, but making them at home guarantees quality ingredients. Plus, fresh mint is sure to add even more flavor than any syrup ever could. Via Wholefully.
If you’re a fan of lemon bars, lime bars will not disappoint. Their light green color makes them a great choice for St. Patrick’s Day, but they’re an equally yummy dessert throughout the year for citrus lovers. Via Yummy Healthy Easy.
Mint Chocolate Chip Doughnuts
Mint and chocolate pairs together so well! Topped with a chocolate glaze and sprinkled with chocolate chips, these baked doughnuts are less guilt-laden than deep fried versions. Fried doughnuts and other fried foods are usually made with partially hydrogenated oils which contain high levels of trans fats. Via Sugar, Spice and Family Life.