Clever St Patricks Treat For The kids

Who’s ready to make fun memories with their kids this St. Patrick’s Day?!! :)

I’ve been making this St. Patricks Day treat up in my head for a while and, ideally, it has a chocolate coin hidden in the bottom of the dish and a rainbow “cupcake” topper on top.  I also thought about using the free St. Patricks Day printables that have been shared on HowDoesShe already.  HOWEVER… my printer is running out of color ink and will only print in blue!! haha :)  So while I wait for the ink we ordered to arrive in the mail, I improvised!

This recipe has been used for a long time in my family- it was my mom’s favorite treat when she was a kid, and I can remember thinking it was magical!  It has the coolest melt-in-your-mouth texture, it’s sweet, it’s colorful, and it’s delicious!  In the past we have usually made it with one of the red/pink flavors of Jell-O but today, I’m creating something green for St. Patrick’s Day!

This is a really simple & easy recipe!
(and it’s fun to make with your kids because it’s really cool that these liquid ingredients puff up
to become such a neat, foamy, fluffy texture!)

Here’s what you’ll need: Clever St Patricks Treat For The kids

1 Tin of COLD Evaporated Milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 small package of Jell-O
1/2 cup boiling water

Since we’re making a special treat out of this, I’ll also be using:

chocolate coins
green ribbon
(and if your printer’s working, you might use “cupcake” toppers ;))

Now we can get started! :)

Pour your can of COLD (that’s important- it has to be cold!  Put it in the fridge the night before you make it!) evaporated milk into your mixer:

Clever St Patricks Treat For The kids

Then you’re going to whip it for about 6 minutes (it didn’t take that long in my Kitchenaid mixer, so you may not need to go that long)

While you’re whipping, add the sugar gradually:

Clever St Patricks Treat For The kids

Then add the lemon juice gradually (these are good steps for your kids to help with :))

Clever St Patricks Treat For The kids

You’ll get a soft, whipped consistency (I’ve tried to show that in the photo for you)

Clever St Patricks Treat For The kids

When that happens, you’ll take your boiling water (what?  you forgot to boil your water? Me too.  No big deal, your whipped mixture will wait.)

Clever St Patricks Treat For The kids

Where was I… so you put your boiling water in a bowl (a cereal bowl is about the right size) and add the Jell-O mix to it.

Clever St Patricks Treat For The kids

Let it start to set SLIGHTLY.  You don’t need to wait long at all.  If you wait too long & it starts to set too much, you’ll end up with little bits in your final mixture.

Clever St Patricks Treat For The kids

This is where the magic happens.  :)  Add your Jell-O mixture to in with your whipped mixture and mix it up!

Clever St Patricks Treat For The kids

When we’ve made it with red Jell-O, it has ended up a nice light pink color.  This time, the slightly green, yellowish color wasn’t going to cut it, so I added a blob of food coloring gel:

Clever St Patricks Treat For The kids

The end color was much better suited for a fun St. Patrick’s Day treat:

Clever St Patricks Treat For The kids

Now it’s time to pour the mixture into individual dishes.  If you want to have some gold hidden at the bottom of your dish, you’ll want to drop a chocolate coin in the bottom of your dish first:

Clever St Patricks Treat For The kids

Cover the coin up:

Clever St Patricks Treat For The kids

Continue spooning your green stuff in until your dish is full:

Clever St Patricks Treat For The kids

I tied some green ribbon around the footed part of my little dishes for some extra decoration:

Clever St Patricks Treat For The kids

They’re nice like that, but since I had my heart set on some sort of topper but couldn’t print one, I used chocolate coins:
(If you have colored ink in your printer you can turn this into a “gold at the end of the rainbow” treat like I first envisioned it! :))

Clever St Patricks Treat For The kids

They were a definite hit with my kids! :)

Clever St Patricks Treat For The kids

I really hope you’ll try this recipe- it’s simple, it’s easy (few ingredients, quick to make, and easy to clean up!)

And if your kids are anything like my mom, me, and my kids, they’ll think it’s awesome!! :)

St. Patrick's Day Mousse

St. Patrick's Day Mousse

Ingredients

  • 1 Tin of COLD Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 small package of Jell-O
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • Green food coloring
  • chocolate coins
  • green ribbon

Instructions

  1. Pour your can of COLD (that’s important- it has to be cold! Put it in the fridge the night before you make it!) evaporated milk into your mixer
  2. Whip it for about 6 minutes
  3. Add the sugar gradually
  4. Add the lemon juice gradually
  5. Put your boiling water in a bowl (a cereal bowl is about the right size) and add the Jell-O mix to it.
  6. Let it start to set SLIGHTLY. You don’t need to wait long at all. If you wait too long & it starts to set too much, you’ll end up with little bits in your final mixture.
  7. Add your Jell-O mixture to in with your whipped mixture and mix it up!
  8. Add a blob of food coloring gel
  9. Pour the mixture into individual dishes. If you want to have some gold hidden at the bottom of your dish, you’ll want to drop a chocolate coin in the bottom of your dish first
  10. Continue spooning your green stuff in until your dish is full
  11. Serve!
http://www.howdoesshe.com/fun-st-patricks-day-treat-for-kids-treasure-inside/

Now I really want to know… what is your favourite green thing to make for St. Patrick’s Day??
(tell me about it in the comments!)

Heather Lynne

Clever St Patricks Treat For The kids May you have a fun filled St. Patrick’s Day- get out there & make some memories! 
While you’re looking for fun ideas for it, come see me at  Raising Memories Blog-
I have some fun St. Patricks Day ideas over there, too. :)

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49 Comments
COMMENTS
  1. March 6th, 2012 at 9:35 am
    Missy says:
    I love St. Patrick's Day! This looks like a fun and easy TREAT!
    • March 6th, 2012 at 3:14 pm
      Heather Lynne says:
      Definitely a treat- very sweet ;) But so fun, I love making green food for st. patricks day :)
      • March 6th, 2012 at 6:48 pm
        Shirleen says:
        I make home made french bread tinted green for St. Patrick's Day. I have done this for years. :-)
        • March 6th, 2012 at 9:48 pm
          Heather Lynne says:
          Mmm, that sounds good! (and fun that you tint it green! :)
          Love it! Thanks for sharing :)
  2. March 6th, 2012 at 10:43 am
    Rachelle says:
    SOOO cute! I love this idea... T will love it too! Thanks! :)
    • March 6th, 2012 at 3:13 pm
      Heather Lynne says:
      Thanks Rachelle! :) I hope you have some fun with it! :)
  3. March 6th, 2012 at 11:19 am
    Angel says:
    Thank you so much for this recipe! I WILL be making this for my kids!!! LLOOOOVVVEEE IT!
    • March 6th, 2012 at 3:16 pm
      Heather Lynne says:
      You're so welcome! I'm glad you're going to try it! :) Hope you have fun lots of fun with it! :)
  4. March 7th, 2012 at 5:27 am
    Joanna says:
    What a fun surprise to spring on my granddaughter! Thanks for the delightful idea.
    • March 7th, 2012 at 6:34 am
      Heather Lynne says:
      You're welcome! Hope you have fun with it! :)
  5. March 7th, 2012 at 6:31 am
    Kelli Bullock says:
    Going to try this one.

    We don't usually do St. Patrick's Day because on the 14th we do Pii day. The kids really enjoy it and they get pie!

    I already have plans to make Lemon meringue pie, pumpkin pie and chocolate pie and well I need to think of one more.
    • March 7th, 2012 at 7:33 am
      Heather Lynne says:
      Kelli, that sounds so fun! What do you do for Pii day? (just make pie? or do you do other stuff too?)

      Haha I started replying to your comment before I read it all- you make a LOT of pie!! ;)
  6. March 7th, 2012 at 7:35 am
    Janet says:
    Yummy! I will be making these for sure! Thanks for sharing!
  7. March 7th, 2012 at 9:58 am
    robin maclean says:
    looks soo yummy heather!!
  8. March 7th, 2012 at 10:20 am
    Tami says:
    Hey, if my kids look as cute as that last picture when they eat it, I'll definitely have to give it a try :) Looks fun and easy! Grandma's birthday is St. Patty's so maybe we can make it for her!
  9. March 7th, 2012 at 11:25 am
    Natalie Wright says:
    This is a great idea! I'll have to try this one! :)
    • March 7th, 2012 at 12:28 pm
      Heather Lynne says:
      Thanks Natalie! It's pretty easy & fun! :)
  10. March 7th, 2012 at 12:33 pm
    Sherree says:
    I tried it and I love it!

    I put green food coloring in my roommate's spaghetti once when she wasn't looking- it was pretty funny :)
    • March 8th, 2012 at 7:17 pm
      Heather @ Raising Memories Blog says:
      Haha that's awesome. :) Surprise green food is great- oh gosh, can you imagine green milk? The food colouring would show up so well with the green base, but would be rather shocking if you weren't expecting it!... hmm... now I'm getting some ideas ;)
  11. March 8th, 2012 at 7:54 am
    Hilary says:
    What a fun idea! We'll definitely have to try this on st patricks day! Thanks!
    • March 8th, 2012 at 7:18 pm
      Heather Lynne says:
      You're welcome & you definitely should! :)
  12. March 10th, 2012 at 1:11 pm
    Vanessa Olsen says:
    Love this! I can't wait to taste this and the hidden coin is a such a fun idea!
    • March 10th, 2012 at 2:25 pm
      Heather Lynne says:
      I hope you like it! & thank you! :)
  13. March 10th, 2012 at 4:09 pm
    Aliessa says:
    Excellent! We don't celebrate St Patrick's day in our house, but I'm going to make this for our Family night tomorrow. Thanks so much!
    • March 10th, 2012 at 4:38 pm
      Heather Lynne says:
      Oh, good! I'm glad you'll try it! :) I hope your family has fun with it! :)
  14. March 13th, 2012 at 8:47 am
    Kindra @ wickfreeforever.com says:
    What a cute idea for kids however. . .I was thinking of making it for my co-workers St. Patty's day party how cool would that be?!
  15. March 13th, 2012 at 11:13 am
    Jodi says:
    I love St. Patty's Day! It is also my wedding anniversary...so we really celebrate this day in our house! My girls will love this treat!:-)
    • March 14th, 2012 at 5:49 am
      Heather Lynne says:
      How fun that that's your anniversary, toO!
  16. March 13th, 2012 at 6:27 pm
    Rosemary says:
    I recall making this when I was in college only we used powdered milk and a little sugar. Have you tried it with soy? Maybe Silken tofu? I am sensitive to milk so in order to avoid consequences, I try to avoid dairy when I can!
    • March 13th, 2012 at 7:18 pm
      Heather Lynne says:
      I haven't tried it with soy, but if you do, you'll have to let us know how it turns out!
  17. March 13th, 2012 at 9:36 pm
    Karen says:
    Great idea! I'm going to make this for my daughter's preschool class. If I double the recipe, will that be enough for 15 four year olds?
    • March 14th, 2012 at 5:48 am
      Heather Lynne says:
      Yes, I think that will be enough as long as you're using small dishes (which you will probably want to do b/c it's pretty sweet! :)
      • March 17th, 2012 at 6:52 pm
        Kami says:
        Yeah, I did. I had it in the fridge for 3 days. It's ok though, I stuck it in the freezer and it hardened up. We just ate it 2 hours later..lol! It was yummy!
        • March 17th, 2012 at 6:54 pm
          Heather Lynne says:
          Weird! That's great that it worked in the freezer, though! I'm glad it ended well! :)
  18. March 17th, 2012 at 2:37 pm
    Kami says:
    I am sad. I really wanted to make this for my kids today since it is St. Patrick's Day but it never foamed up. It was just a runny mess! I beat it for like 25 minutes and it was still runny. Am I doing something wrong?
    • March 17th, 2012 at 6:30 pm
      Heather Lynne says:
      Aww Kami, I'm sorry! Did you refrigerate your evaporated milk so that it would be cold when you made it? That's a really important step for it to turn out right, so that could be the reason.
    • March 18th, 2012 at 4:48 pm
      Heather says:
      Ok, so I talked to my mom & my Grandma tonight! Here are some possible reasons they gave me for why it might not have worked:
      - if the evaporated milk wasn't cold (we know that wasn't your problem)
      - if you used a plastic bowl (glass or metal is best)
      - if there was any oily residue in the bowl (left over from a salad or pop corn or something that didn't get completely cleaned out- I guess that could happen b/c plastic is more porous)
      - if the Jell-o is added before the evaporated milk reaches its thickened consistency, it won't whip up after the Jell-o is added

      I hope something there helps you & I'm sorry it didn't work right on your first try!
  19. March 17th, 2012 at 3:17 pm
    Cara says:
    Mine is runny too! I have been mixing forever it seems. What did I do wrong>
    • March 18th, 2012 at 5:42 am
      Heather says:
      I'm so sorry to hear that, Cara! The only thing I can think of is if the milk wasn't cold. I will ask my Mom if she's ever had it happen for another reason!
    • March 18th, 2012 at 4:46 pm
      Heather says:
      Ok, so I talked to my mom & my Grandma tonight! Here are some possible reasons why it wouldn't work:
      - if the evaporated milk wasn't cold
      - if you used a plastic bowl (glass or metal is best)
      - if there was any oily residue in the bowl (left over from a salad or pop corn or something that didn't get completely cleaned out- I guess that could happen b/c plastic is more porous)
      - if the Jell-o is added before the evaporated milk reaches its thickened consistency, it won't whip up after the Jell-o is added

      I hope something there helps you & I'm sorry it didn't work on your first try!
  20. March 19th, 2012 at 7:58 pm
    kristin says:
    Hey I made this! YUM and Easy!
    Thanks!!!
    • March 20th, 2012 at 5:18 am
      Heather says:
      Hey Kristin, I'm glad it worked for you! Thanks for letting us know :)
  21. March 5th, 2014 at 5:13 pm
    Kaitlin says:
    We make something similar but we freeze it and put it on an oreo crust! It is one of my favorite desserts! Check it out: http://madebyenginerds.blogspot.com/2013/07/birthday-fun-and-lime-dessert.html I love the idea of using it for St Patrick's day!
  22. March 5th, 2014 at 7:30 pm
    Rebeccah says:
    Great recipe! How does it hold up in the fridge? I am thinking of making it the night before. Thanks!
    • March 7th, 2014 at 9:54 am
      Heather Lynne says:
      It should be just fine overnight in the fridge!
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