Making Food Green for St. Patrick's Day

All you need is some imagination and a bottle of green food coloring to get your family into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day.


  • For most foods (especially liquids), a drop or two of food coloring goes a long way.
  • The lighter-colored the food, the easier to make it green, and the better it will look. Dark foods require more food coloring and tend to look moldy when colored.


  1. Start off the morning by serving your kids a glass of green milk with their breakfast (a bowl of Lucky Charms, perhaps').
  2. Put a few drops of green food coloring in a clear citrus-based soda to make a fun, fizzy, green beverage. To improve the taste, you can also add lime-flavored syrup to the soda.
  3. Impress your friends and family by making pasta and serving it with green Alfredo sauce or pesto sauce. Or serve chicken with green gravy and green mashed potatoes (with green vegetables, of course).
  4. Bake a loaf of fresh green bread by adding a few drops of food coloring to your bread mix.
  5. Make a traditional dessert more festive by preparing some green whipped cream as a topping. If you like, add a touch of mint extract to match the color with a mint flavor.
  6. Whip up a batch of sugar cookies, adding a couple of drops of green food coloring to the dough, or add green food coloring to a white cake mix.


Think about hiding the food coloring from your kids after you're done with it. They might decide that everything should be green.

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