St Patrick’s day always seems to be a fun holiday for kids and adults! There’s just something about this holiday that signals everything FUN – Leprechauns, gold, rainbows, and ALL the green candy and food. We didn’t go all out when I was a kid, but my mom always made us green cream of wheat for breakfast in the morning.
Line a baking sheet or large cutting board with waxed paper. Place lollipop sticks on waxed paper, spaced to allow room for each shamrock.
Melt green candy melts in a microwave safe bowl (according to package directions.) Heat on high for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat in 15-second increments, stirring each time, until completely melted. Do not overheat as the candy will seize and become unusable. If the candy is too thick to pour from a spoon, stir in 1 teaspoon of coconut oil or vegetable shortening. Test for consistency and add more coconut oil if needed, up to 1 tablespoon.
Dip each pretzel in candy coating, turning to coat. Remove with a fork and tap against the bowl to remove excess. Place pretzel on waxed paper with the bottom edge touching a lollipop stick. Use a toothpick to slide into place if needed. Repeat with each pretzel until three pretzels are around each stick.
While the pretzels are wet, sprinkle with gold sugar sprinkles.
Pour remaining candy melts in a plastic bag. Snip the corner of the bag and press to add a small amount of candy into the hole where the pretzels are around the rod. Immediately add a gold coin sprinkle. (Tip: To apply the coin, use a pair of sterilized tweezers.)
Allow pops to set completely. Place in the refrigerator for faster results. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
I know you and your kiddos or grandkids will LOVE helping you make these. These would be perfect in a bouquet. To do that, get a small decorative glass vase, cut styrofoam to fit and arrange the pretzel pops like flowers. You can fill in with some paper grass filler and it’s ready for gift-giving to a teacher or a shut-in neighbor that needs a little pick me up for the day.
If you like decorating for St. Patrick’s day, check out THIS Glitter Wreath that I made last year! Glitter and green – there isn’t much cuter than that!
How do you make St. Patrick’s Day fun for your family? Just remember, it doesn’t have to be extravagant to make lasting memories for your family.