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11 foods to dye green and make St. Patrick's Day more festive

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From pancakes to mashed potatoes, here are the foods you can turn green this St. Patrick's Day

A holiday filled with green beer can only mean one thing — you can probably dye your favorite foods green too. Here are plenty of festively delicious ideas to get the St. Patrick’s Day party started.

Turns out you can dye just about everything. That said, you may not be able to use traditional liquid food coloring on everything, and there may be a special method (like cooking in the dye) for dyeing some things. For example, you may need to use powdered food dyes on things like cheese. Additionally, foods that aren't white may have unexpected responses to dye colors, and you may need to adjust what colors you use or the concentrations.

1. Ice cream and ice cream drinks

From pancakes to mashed potatoes, here are the foods you can turn green this St. Patrick's Day
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You don't have to have mint-chocolate chip ice cream for it to be green. Mix it up Marble Slab-style by adding green food coloring to vanilla ice cream, mixing it up and putting it on top of that pistachio bread, or add it to your favorite shake. We like this boozy shamrock shake.

2. White sauces

From pancakes to mashed potatoes, here are the foods you can turn green this St. Patrick's Day
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Regardless of the type, any white or pale sauce can be made green using either food coloring or natural colorants like spinach or kale. We're eager to try this green macaroni and cheese, which uses spinach to make it green (gotta love recipes that let you sneak in some healthy stuff).

3. Cakes

From pancakes to mashed potatoes, here are the foods you can turn green this St. Patrick's Day
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You could probably use five to 10 drops of food coloring in banana or zucchini bread too, but we like this easy recipe for sweet pistachio bread.

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