While most posts to our KidZui blog revolve around bringing the family together to make some scrumptious treats or awesome artwork, this St. Patty’s Day post isn’t really like that. Full disclosure here: I’m neither a parent, nor a person who would describe herself as “a good cook” or “crafty.” I am, however, really into baked goods and snacks. The true purpose for this blog post is for me – a non-parent without a single culinary or artistic bone in her body – to drool over everyone else’s incredible St. Patrick’s Day-themed edibles/arts/crafts. This is my non-parent, non-cook wish list for a spectacular St. Patrick’s Day.
To research this post, I had the pleasure of browsing Pinterest for ideas. It wasn’t long before I decided to ditch the arts and crafts entirely and hop all over the tasty treats themed for our favorite day to wear green. These three yummies are what I’ve decided to be the cat’s pajamas — the items most worth your time to recreate at home and most worth my undying envy.
Rachel, the blogger at Sun Scholars, posted step-by-step instructions to make Shamrock Snacks. Truth be told, I was once unhealthily dependent on yogurt-covered pretzels. I’m pretty sure they fueled my bachelor’s degree. But white chocolate pretzels?! C’mon. The finished product here is one that is super cute to display and even more of a pleasure to eat.
I enjoy McDonald’s far more than I’d like to admit. Every March, when I hear the Shamrock Shake has made its annual appearance, I usually lose my cool, drop everything I’m doing, and look for the beacons that are the golden arches. Apparently, everyone who loves me decided not to remind me that I can make a mint shake at home any time of the year. SheKnows.com shared McCormick’s “emerald mint milkshake.” Stop with the games, McCormick, we know what this really is.
The name is a mouthful, but I don’t care. I want these. If Averie of Averie Cooks lived anywhere near me, you can bet that I’d be the neighbor that “just wanted to drop by to say hello.” If these brownies are any indication of what goes down in her house on a daily basis, there’s no reason why I wouldn’t be “that guy.” Let’s break down the drool-inspiring title:
Triple – So we know there’s three of something. This could go either way, though. I could end up with three times something I hate or three times something I love. TEMPTATION LEVEL: Undecided
Layer – Okay, now we’re starting to paint a picture. There are three layers to this concoction which means that I should expect transitioning flavors. But, again, this is a toss up! Will the layers work well together to satisfy my demanding (albeit unrefined) palate? TEMPTATION LEVEL: Intrigued
Fudgy – I’m three words into a six word title, and the word is “fudgy” which implies that some non-fudge product is enhanced by the fudge. This just got crazy. TEMPTATION LEVEL: Enticed
Mint – This is where it gets interesting. I consider mint to be a novelty flavor in desserts, even when I know it’s coming with my check at Olive Garden in the form of Andes Chocolate Mints. Now that I know the mint element to the dessert is what’s fudgy, we are in full “OMG” mode. TEMPTATION LEVEL: Hooked
Oreo – Shut up, and take my money. TEMPTATION LEVEL: SOLD!
Brownies – WEEE! With the final word, we reveal the dessert’s form. Up until this point, this could’ve been a triple layer fudgy mint oreo sundae/cake/cookie, which all sound too melty, messy or unsatisfying. The fact that these are brownies means I can have multiple bite-sized servings and not feel terrible about myself. And if I walk all the way back to the kitchen for every bite, my calorie count breaks even, right? TEMPTATION LEVEL: Must Have
And there you have it! My wish list for the perfect St. Patrick’s Day. All sweets, no nutrition and endless happiness.