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Guinness and shamrock St. Patrick’s Day snack mix

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Oh, St. Patrick’s Day. I remember you. I mean, the real you. Going to the Irish pub in the morning and staying there all day drinking green beer just because it’s a day you sanction for doing such a thing. Those days are in the past (thanks a lot, 1 year old and 6 year old). Now St. Patrick’s Day means making green paper chains and construction paper shamrocks. And maybe, just maybe, a shot of Irish Creme in my morning coffee, because I’m half Irish, so it’s required.  I remember the year I made this. Fondly remember.

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And so, in keeping with my much lamer St. Patrick’s Days, here is something tamer. Sweet and salty snack mix with a bit o’ green. And you know what? I’m adding some Guinness.

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how to make St. Patrick’s Day snack mix

you will need:*

green, white and chocolate candy melts
disposable decorating bag
scissors
baking tray
wax paper
mix-ins (pretzels, nuts, cereal, popcorn, whatever)

*Find the candy melts and 12-inch disposable decorating bags at the craft store. For tips on finding supplies, CLICK HERE and see the end of this post for resources. If you want to make life easier, skip the Guinness and forgo the white and chocolate candy melts.

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Line a baking tray with wax paper and set aside. Fill a disposable decorating bag with 1/2 cup of green candy melts. Melt the candy for 90 seconds at 70 percent power then at 30 and 15 second intervals, massaging between each interval until the candy is fully melted. Snip 1/4 inch from tip of the bag.

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Pipe shamrocks about 3/4 inches across on the wax paper by piping three dots and a little line. A 1/2 cup of candy melts will make about 70 mini shamrocks.

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To make the Guinness, melt chocolate candy melts and white candy melts in two separate decorating bags, following the above instructions (although I used less than 1/2 cup of each). Snip the tips and pipe the chocolate trapezoid glass and a line of white for the foam. Don’t worry about piping perfection. I clearly don’t.

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Let set at room temperature until fully hardened, about an hour. Mix with anything you want. Pretzels, nuts, cereal, etc.

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7 Comments

  1. Posted February 20, 2014 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Life sure does change, doesn’t it? I’m sure this treat will be a hit with your kiddos and they’ll have fond memories of making green paper chains.

  2. Posted February 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Very fun! I love the sweet/salty flavor combo.

  3. Posted February 20, 2014 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Love it! So sweet!

  4. Posted February 20, 2014 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    Memories are forever … old ones and new ones! The snack mix is adorable … I would serve it before the alcohol … so it can be seen and appreciated ;)

  5. Posted February 21, 2014 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    Those chocolate shamrocks are perfect! I gotta try those for some St Patty’s cake pops I’m making.

  6. meaghanmountford
    Posted February 21, 2014 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Ah, good thinking Brenda!

  7. meaghanmountford
    Posted February 21, 2014 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    You’re so right, Beth. And I can’t even blame the kids, really. At my age, I can’t fathom why ANYone would want to sit in a bar all day drinking green beer!? Ew.

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