Drowning the Shamrock DIY
St. Patrick’s Day DIY
Good day to you my fellow crafters! With the next holiday approaching I thought I would make a DIY for us all to try. And which is this holiday (as though you couldn’t tell already with the title)? Saint Patrick’s Day! The holiday honoring the catholic saint that is credited for converting much of Ireland during the fifth century C. E. to christianity.
With the passing of time several symbols and traditions were added or changed for this holiday, like any other, that have given us what we see today in all it’s varying ways all around the world. So let me just fill you in on a bit of trivia for St. Patrick’s Day.
- Saint Patrick’s main color is actually a light, sky blue. Not green. Green became more prominent because of several ideas, including the color being associated with Ireland and it’s beautiful, springtime foliage, the “Emerald Isle”, and associations with the shamrock clover.
- The shamrock could actually be one of several types of three-leaf plants in Ireland, but is most commonly thought to be the Trifolium dubium, Trifolium repens, or the Trifolium pratense plants. According to legend, St. Patrick used this clover plant to explain the idea of the holy trinity during his preachings.
- The phrase “Drowning the Shamrock” came from a tradition where at the end of the day’s celebrations one would place the shamrock they wore during the day into the last drink they would have, drink, then take out the clover and throw it over their left shoulder. ((Side note: I think this might be associated with Lent
Getting Started With Materials
You may be asking, what the heck is she talking about what why isn’t she getting to the point? Lucky for you, I’m done babbling! So let’s get to the DIY Candy Shamrock!
1. Disposable Candy Decorating Bags
2. Shamrock Candy Mold (in this case a lollipop mold)
3. Optional: Cookie Sticks
4. Meltable Candy in green and light blue
6. Hot/steamed milk of your choice. (Recommended: regular cow milk, coconut milk, or rice milk, because the lighter the milk color, the easier it is to see the candy color)
7. Optional: oven mitts, dish towels, or hot pads (because the melted candy will be hot)
Just a couple of notes before you start. As mentioned above, I recommend using oven mitts or a towel or something when handling the melted candy bags, because the first time I burnt myself and it was hilariously painful.
Let’s get going!
1. Be sure to wash your candy molds and dry them thoroughly before you begin. Melt your candy. This can be done over the stove and kept warm. Or you can use the microwave like I did. Filling your disposable bag about 2/3 to 3/4 of the way up, place one at a time into the microwave and heat it three times: for 30 seconds, mash it to get clumps separated, for 30 more seconds then mush it around, and then for 10 seconds.
2. Using your oven mitts or towel grab your melted candy and cut off the bottom tip of the bag to make an opening. Squeeze a little at a time into the mold, slowly building to make sure you get all the air bubbles out.
3. Place the sticks into your melted candy; roll a little to make sure all sides of the stick are covered so that it hardens around the stick.
4. Place into the refrigerator for 25 to 30 minutes to cool it down into hardening.
5. Repeat this process with all your colors and as many times as you want.
Time to Drown the Shamrock!
1. When the candy is ready, remove from the mold.
2. Heat the milk of your choice. Or, as I did with my cousins, we went to Starbucks and ordered Steamers and Lattes.
3. Drop one or more (to taste) candy in your very hot milk and swish it around to let it melt and turn your milk a new St. Patrick’s Day color.
A) For a white milk (regular dairy, coconut, or rice milk) use 1 candy per 8-12 oz.
B) For a Latte or darker milk (cashew or almond milk) use 2-3 candies per 8-12 oz.
Note: These candies will make it sweeter, so be sure to get a regular latte, steamer, or milk with no sweetener or flavored syrup, unless you want it really sweet.
This can be your non-alcoholic version of “Drowning the Shamrock” for St. Patrick’s Day. Something sweet and tasty and easy to make. Remember to leave me a comment or any questions below. If you try it out be sure to take pictures and share it with me here on the blog or the Family Craft Studios facebook, instagram, or tumblr pages. Happy crafting!