You might think of St. Patrick's Day as a time to break out the green beer, but if you're looking for a kid-friendly snack, there's nothing better than a salty sweet mix that's easy and quick to make. The leprechauns at Snack Factory, the makers of Pretzel Crisps, have created two of the cutest DIY St. Patrick's Day snacks. Perfect to make at home with your kids or bring for a festive work or school party, these sweet treats are sure to bring you the luck of the Irish wherever you take them.
These delicious St. Paddy's dessert recipes are also good to round out your Irish-themed dinner of corned beef, soda bread, and colcannon. You could even pair these easy recipes with a Guinness for the grown-ups to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. And they're a cute centerpiece as well. All you need to get started is Original Pretzel Crisps, some chocolate chips or candy melts, and a slow cooker or microwave.
1. Pretzel Crisps Shamrock Wands
- Green candy melts
- Original Pretzel Crisps
- Decorative Straws
- Optional: Green sanding sugar
- Melt green candy melts by heating them in a heat safe bowl in the microwave for 20 seconds.
- Stir, then repeat heating until smooth and melted throughout. Adding a very small splash of vegetable oil helps smooth out the candy melts more. You can also melt them in a mini crockpot on the lowest heat setting.
- Spread some green chocolate onto the back of a Pretzel Crisps then place on top of another Pretzel Crisps. Shift both around so that they form three "bumps" to look like a three-leaf clover. Allow to cool and harden.
- Dip decorative straw into candy melt then place on top of three-leaf clover. Allow to harden.
- Pick up straw and dip Pretzel Crisps clover into the green candy melt. Use a spoon to push off excess chocolate, paying attention to corners in between each bump.
- Place on a piece of wax paper, parchment paper, or aluminum foil and cool.
- Once hard, use a spoon to brush more chocolate around the edge of the clover.
- Pour sanding sugar over before chocolate hardens. Do this over a bowl so that you can pour excess sanding sugar back into sprinkle bottle.
- Serve on a plate or sitting upright in a little bucket.
2. Pretzel Pots of Gold
- Original Pretzel Crisps
- Dark chocolate or black candy melts
- Licorice string
- Airhead rainbow candy belts
- Confetti sprinkles
For each pot of gold, you will need a whole Pretzel Crisps, another Pretzel Crisps with the round sides broken off, and a piece of licorice string.
- Dip each in chocolate. Place broken Pretzel Crisps first, then layer whole on top allowing broken piece to peek out. Next put dipped licorice string at top of whole Pretzel Crisps.
- Allow to chocolate to harden. Grab your rainbow candy belts and confetti sprinkles.
- Use chocolate to adhere rainbow belts to the back of the Pretzel Crisps pots. Spread a little chocolate above the licorice string and sprinkle some of the yellow confetti sprinkles on for your gold coins.
- Chill in the fridge to help "glue" the rainbow belts and coins to the pot o' gold!
- Garnish your trays of sweets with these little Pots of Gold to add some festivity to your spread!