Surprise the leprechauns in your life with these festive snacks in their lunch box or after school.

February 06, 2018
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st. patricks day lunchbox
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St. Patrick's Day falls on a Saturday this year, but that doesn't mean you can't make something festive and delicious for the kids on a weekday. These easy, clever ideas will brighten their lunch or after-school snack, guaranteed. Start by switching out the bread in their favorite sandwich for a St. Patrick's Day-ready spinach wrap, then pack one (or all!) of the following snacks. Each one is super portable and sure to delight the wee ones in your life-come lunchtime, they'll feel like they just came across a pot of gold.

carrots celery cucumber dip
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TRICOLOR CRUNCH

Salute the Irish flag with clover-shaped cucumber crisps, carrot and celery sticks, and DIY ranch dip. Cutting the cucumbers into clovers is a cinch, and there's something about fun shapes that makes kids want to eat their vegetables. Pack the dip in a separate tin, or use it as a schmear for a wrap or sandwich and let the kids enjoy the veggies solo.

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shamrock chocolate medallions
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COIN TOSS

To sweeten the pot (or their lunch boxes), tuck in a few shamrock-stamped chocolate medallions ($12 for 68, orientaltrading.com), then save the rest for your St. Patrick's Day party.

golden hot chocolate
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PURE GOLD

Pinches of turmeric (they won't taste it, we promise) and cinnamon give this frothy hot white chocolate its end-of-the-rainbow hue. Pour the cocoa into a thermos so it stays nice and hot until lunchtime. Bonus: grown-ups will also love the flavor (and the anti-inflammatory properties of the spices!).

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