Everyone will be dancing a jig after one delicious bite of these minty green candy crunch clusters.

Minty Green Popcorn Clusters

  • 12 cups unsalted, unbuttered popped popcorn
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons butter or light olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon green food coloring
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 cup green M&Ms or similar candy
  • Place popcorn in large mixing bowl.

In saucepan set over medium heat, melt marshmallows, butter and salt, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Remove from heat; stir in food coloring and peppermint extract.

Immediately toss marshmallow mixture with popcorn; let cool for 2 to 3 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Toss with chocolate candies.

Shape 3 tablespoonfuls of popcorn mixture into small cluster; repeat with remaining popcorn mixture to make about 32 clusters. Place on waxed paper–lined baking sheet; let cool completely.

Makes 32 clusters.

Recipe from: the Popcorn Board

These green-tinted minty chocolate chip cookies will be popular for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons green food color
  • 1 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • 1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Mix flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, food color and peppermint extract; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop by heaping tablespoons about 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Makes 36 cookies.

Recipe from: McCormick; www.mccormick.com

Fizzy, fuzzy, fantastic. Whip-up this sweet n’ tasty St. Patrick’s Day cocktail for your favorite leprechauns using peach schnapps, orange juice and a splash of seltzer, then turn it lucky green with food coloring.

Fuzzy Leprechaun

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup peach schnapps
  • 5 drops green food color
  • Splash seltzer water

Fill cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add juice, peach schnapps and food color; shake until well mixed and chilled. Strain into beverage glass. Top with a splash of seltzer water. Serve immediately.

Makes 1 cocktail.

Recipe from: McCormick; www.mccormick.com

Quench the thirst of your little leprechauns with green-tinted raspberry lemonade.

Leprechaun Lemonade

  • 4 cups prepared lemonade
  • 1/2 teaspoon raspberry extract
  • 15 drops green food color

Mix all ingredients in pitcher. Serve over ice in beverage glasses.

Makes 4 (1-cup) servings.

Variations: For Strawberry Leprechaun Lemonade, use imitation strawberry extract in place of the raspberry extract. For a grown-up version, stir in 1/2 cup Limoncello.

Recipe from: McCormick; www.mccormick.com

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