Kids will be amazed that you can make hard candy at home. These are flavored with peppermint, but if you prefer, try coconut, orange or lemon extract instead. Boiling sugar is an adults-only job, but children can dust on the confectioners’ sugar and crack the finished candy.
A dash of seltzer or club soda makes this shake foam up in the glass. Mint chocolate chip or pistachio ice cream work well in this fun drink—not only are they usually tinted green, but the flecks of chocolate or nuts are like the flecks of seaweed in the foam on the Irish Sea!
If you have a specialty candy store in your area, you may find actual gold M&Ms, which are just the thing for filling these cupcake pots. Even if you use regular yellow candies, kids will be thrilled to discover what’s at the end of this particular rainbow.
There’s no such thing as leftover mashed potatoes in Ireland, because extra spuds mean potato cakes, which are met with cheers whether served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Let children help mix the dough and pat out the cakes. Serve with a small pat of butter on top.