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Day 8 St. Patty’s Fun – Died – Shamrock*Paper*Scissors – Grasshopper Bark

St. Patty’s Day Fun – Day 7 with treats, trivia and games

Did you know….

March 17th is when Patrick died.

Saint Patrick is a saint of the Catholic Church, and his holy day is the day of his death, and subsequent entrance to heaven, rather than the day of his physical birth. After spending most of his adult life converting the pagans of Ireland to Christianity, St. Patrick went to his reward on March 17, 461 AD.

St. Patrick’s Day is considered the luckiest day of the year to get married.

Bonus Facts:

Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are: About 1 in 10,000.

St. Patrick’s Day is considered the luckiest day of the year to get married.

 

Drinking Games – Shamrock Paper Scissors

Now that I think about it, this Irish variation of “Rock Paper Scissors” was invented by the IRA and is actually more of an interrogation technique than a drinking game. Sorry.

Green Treats – Grasshopper Mint Chocolate Bark

grasshopper bark

YIELD: about 2 pounds of bark

PREP: 30 minutes

TOTAL: 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 16 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract (NOT peppermint), optional
  • Green food coloring
  • 16 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 box (4.67-ounces) Andes Crème de Menthe Thins, unwrapped and coarsely chopped

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Melt the white chocolate over a double boiler (or in 30-second intervals in the microwave on 50% power, stirring after each). Once the chocolate is melted, remove from the heat and let sit for a few minutes to cool slightly, stirring occasionally. Add the mint extract, if using, and stir to combine. Add a few drops of green food coloring and stir until desired color is reached.
  3. Spread the white chocolate mixture onto the prepared pan in an even layer (depending on the size of the pan and how thick you’d like your bark, you may not need the entire surface of the pan). Refrigerate for 15 minutes, until just about set.
  4. Meanwhile, melt the semisweet chocolate over a double boiler (or in 30-second intervals in the microwave on 50% power, stirring after each). Once the chocolate is melted, remove from the heat and let sit for a few minutes to cool slightly, stirring occasionally. Pour over the white chocolate layer and spread evenly over top. Sprinkle with the chopped Andes mints and press down lightly to push the mints into the top chocolate layer. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, until completely set.
  5. Cut the bark or break into uneven pieces. Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator. When stored in the refrigerator, it will keep for at least 2 weeks.

So Sit back, have a green brew, a treat, and pinch your friends.  You don’t need a leprechaun to get your magic on…just read one of my books! tlynnetolles.me

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