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The perfect green for your frosting and more

March 11th, 2014 10:48 am by Amanda Eisenberg

The perfect green for your frosting and more

Turn everyone's favorite rice cereal treats green for St. Patrick's Day with McCormick's recipe for Luck of the Irish Crispy Treats. (McCormick/MCT)

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Getting that perfect emerald shade of frosting for the annual St. Patrick’s Day party just got easier. McCormick’s “Shamrockin’ Treats” food color guide tells you exactly how much of their colors to mix together for the ideal shade of green, whether it’s for frosting or tinted cake mix.

The company’s website also has 17 recipes (naturally) for festive green treats, like Mint Iced Chocolate Fudge and Pot of Gold Cupcakes. Here are some quick tips to make festive foods, just in time for the holiday:

— When making rice cereal treats, stir 1/2 teaspoon green food coloring into the marshmallow mix before adding the cereal for a festive treat that kids will love.

— Add 1/4 teaspoon green food coloring and 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (depending on how minty you want it) to your favorite vanilla milkshake recipe for a refreshing twist. (Find the recipe here: )

— Add 2 teaspoons green food coloring to a package of yellow cake mix when making cake pops. Dip them in melted white chocolate for a green surprise when you take a bite.

— Add 5 to 6 drops of green food coloring to a 12-ounce can of light colored beer or lemon-lime soda for a spirited sip.

— Tint boxed cake mix and canned frosting three shade of green, from light mint to deep emerald, to create an ombre effect.



— Find more of McCormick’s St. Patrick’s Day recipes at

— Get the color guide at

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