Get Ready to Sham-”ROCK” St. Patrick’s Day

Posted by Annette Bellisari on

Trader Joes Shamrock Pizza: Pizza on sheet pan topped with sauce, cheese, and shamrock shaped green peppers

Everyone's Irish on March 17! That might be why St. Patrick's Day is one of the greatest holidays for celebrating, no matter your heritage. It also helps that there are many colorful symbols associated with the day, making keeping with a theme easy and fun. Decorations, activities, and the foods – maybe especially the foods – make St. Paddy’s Day the perfect time for having fun with friends and loved ones. Whether you’re planning a simple evening at home with the family or throwing a St. Patrick’s Day shindig, these fun ideas will keep the holiday theme going throughout your celebration.

I found this yummy treat recipe/activity on one of my “go-to” websites when looking for fun and tasty ideas,

These pretzels are a fun way to  “shamrock” the kids' worlds! This St. Patrick's Day candy recipe is perfect for kids to help with. All you need are 2 ingredients: 

  • 12 ounces green candy coating
  • 90 mini twist pretzels (3 to 4 cups)

Get full directions and pictures here: Once you and your helpers make these tasty treats, there are lots of things you could do with them. Use them as the objects to find in a treasure hunt, use them as toppers for cupcakes or other sweets for the party, or, if you prefer something less active, just gobble them up! 😋

Rainbow waffles are a magically delicious way to make any celebration more festive! These colorful waffles are perfect for celebrating St. Paddy’s Day for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and since all things “rainbow” and all things “waffle” are having a moment in the sun right now (all puns intended), this Rainbow Waffle recipe I found on is perfect as part of a celebratory meal or for a sweet treat all on its own! All you need are a few common Ingredients you may even have on hand in your home now:

  • waffle mix
  • food coloring
  • whipped cream
  • rainbow sprinkles

Visit for photos and complete instructions for making these delicious and visually stunning waffles!

This last idea comes from When planning an Irish-themed party, pizza might not be the first food that comes to mind. However when planning a party with foods that will please and satisfy your guests, pizza just might be the first food you think of! 🍕🤣 With just a little bit of creativity, this typically Italian food can be transformed to fit in perfectly with your St. Patrick’s Day affair. Pesto could give a nice green color to a pizza,  but I think this recipe is ideal for subbing in a Bellisari’s Gourmet Spread. As a matter of fact, there are 2 of our products which are perfect as substitutes for the pesto in this recipe – our award-winning Balsamic, Shallot & Black Garlic Spread and our Calabrian Pepper & Sweet Tomato Fennel Spread are both so delicious as flat bread or pizza sauce. To bring things back to the Irish theme, the addition of green bell peppers is a super easy and delicious way to top your creation. When sliced, green bell peppers with three lobes make adorable “shamrocks,” three-leaved clovers symbolic of Ireland and widely associated with St. Patrick’s Day. If you’re lucky enough to find a four-lobed pepper (they’re actually pretty easy to find), make a Lucky Clover Pizza but keep in mind that only shamrocks (the clovers with 3 leaves) are associated with Irish tradition. 


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Maybe you make corned beef and cabbage or Irish soda bread every March 17th without fail, and I love those traditions. But this year, trying a few different, fresh ideas can open up a whole new world of possibilities. Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all of us at Bellisari’s!

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