Green snake treats are fun and healthy snacks for kids and a great way to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day.
Snakes as a snack on Saint Patrick's Day - you may think I've lost my marbles by recommending these fun snacks, rather than the green-dyed milk of shamrock shakes, or shamrock cookies, and the more traditional sweet fare for this special Irish day.
However these sweet treats are in keeping with our green theme for the day, and are far healthier than sugar laden fare.
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Finger Foods for an Irish Party
Finger foods feature on many festive menus for this special Irish holiday. Easy to serve foods are the top choice of many Irish party hosts and hostesses.
Plus if you're going to have kids joining your party then this recipe will be a little bit of fun for little ones. With supervision they can even make their own snakes.
But most Irish people know that snakes are closely associated with our beloved saint.
If you're searching for green food ideas that don't involve lots of chocolate and food dyes, then this healthy treat may be exactly what you need. Plus availability of green grapes is seldom a problem.
This is one of the best green snacks to for this favorite Irish holiday.
They can be pre-made and stored in the fridge for large parties. They're great crowd-pleasers.
Saint Patrick Banishes the Snakes from Ireland
Legend has it that Saint Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland, and that's why there are no snakes in Ireland, to this very day. Well, at least no snakes in the wild, just a few in the zoo and as pets in people's homes.
These little healthy snakes are a wonderful way to mark this festive Irish occasion. We all love to chow down on holiday-inspired desserts. But let's face it most sweeter party treats for St. Patrick's Day are usually not on the healthy side of the menu.
That's where these cuties fill the void. They're simply made of green grapes, with candy eyes. Only the teeniest wee bit of sugar in those eyes.
This fun treat is a great way to introduce little ones to the stories of Saint Patrick.
They can even help to make their very own snakes. Supervise toddlers and little ones, since we don't want anyone poking an eye with a pointy wooden skewer.
These snake snacks help to add a little pizzazz after the long winter. Spring is on its way and so are the snakes in Kentucky.
Here's a tongue twister. Try repeating this, over and over....
"Green grape snake snacks!"
Kids can have a little fun with that phrase.
Anyway, let's move on and make a few snakes - the non-wiggly kind, because these ones are skewered and straight.
Ingredients and Materials for Grape Snakes
Here's what you'll need. You'll also find a printable recipe at the bottom of this blog post.
This is the list for these basic green grape snakes. You can get creative and add some marshmallows in between each grape. If you could find orange and white marshmallows you could imitate the colors of the Irish flag.
You could also choose to make rainbow fruit snakes using different kinds of fruit. Create the snakes body with multi colored fruits like green apple pieces, pineapple, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Simply finish the snake with a grape to create the correct shaped head.
This Irish themed snack may not technically be considered a traditional Irish food, but for Saint Patrick's Day I think creativity in the kitchen is key. Impress your party guests with these cute little gluten-free snakes. Nobody need know they're super easy to put together.
Instructions For Green Grape Snake Snacks
Here you'll find step-by-step instructions for these no-bake, no-cook snacks.
They're simply skewered grapes, so not too many steps at all.
First choose 6 grapes for the heads. Make sure they are the best shapes and maybe even the biggest grapes in the pack.
Set them aside until you thread the body grapes onto the skewer.
Use long wooden skewers which are sometimes called bamboo skewers.
Place 9 grapes lengthwise on each skewer to form the body.
Next add the final “head” grape.
Then all that's left is to give your snakes some eyes, so they can watch out for Saint Patrick coming after them.
Using the icing place a dab on the back of each candy eye.
Place two eyes on each “head” grape.
Chill the snakes before serving.
And that's all there is to it. A simple, but ever so cute snack for Saint Patrick's Day.
Note: Watch small children around wooden skewers. They're pretty pointy and could cause an injury. I don't recommend these snakes as a school snack, since the skewers may not be the best idea.
Printable Recipe Card
Here's a printable recipe for anyone who likes to keep a hard copy of kitchen and snack ideas.
Green Grape Snakes
- 60 green grapes
- 12 candy eyes
- 1 teaspoon icing
- Choose six grapes as the snake heads. Pick the best ones, and set aside.
- Place 9 grapes lengthwise on each bamboo or wooden skewer and add the final “head” grape.
- Place a dab of icing on the back of each candy eye and place two eyes on each “head” grape.
- Serve chilled. Supervise young children with skewers.
Nutrition Information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.
I hope you'll enjoy these healthy snacks. Here's a Pinterest friendly graphic if you'd like to save this recipe to one of your boards featuring Irish themed treats.
Thanks for following my recipes and ramblings.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Mairéad -Irish American Mom
Pronunciation - slawn ah-gus ban-ock-th
Mairéad - rhymes with parade
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