St. Patrick’s Day Rainbows

Remember when I said I was posting Mexican food today? Yeah, just in case you couldn’t tell from the title, this isn’t Mexican food. It’s Friday. I’m tired. It’s been a long week filled with those “Aw, crap, I’m a grown-up now” moments (believe me, when I was 18 and told my parents I couldn’t wait to move out, applying for a new sewer tap was not #1 on my list of things I envisioned myself doing). I am highly motivated by sugar, cuteness, and easy food-related crafts and de-motivated by marinating pork loins and cutting up whole pineapples. I’m a promise-breaker, what can I say?

In case you didn’t know, unless I’m struck by magic craft lightning, I glean pretty much all of my crafty ideas from other people. That’s okay as long as I fully acknowledge that fact, right? I saw these little St. Patrick’s Day rainbows here at Maple Memories and decided to make some of my own. My kids thing they’re pretty dang awesome, even if (okay, especially that) they contain about 10 days worth of sugar in one little package.


If you want to make these extra cute, check out some of these rainbow printables that you could cut out and tie onto the bags (some of them may need to be re-sized):

Simple as That
It Is What It Is

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Sara Wells

Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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  1. My mom used to sing that song to me all the time. Sometimes I think about that song and could never remember all the words. Thanks for the link and the trip down memory lane.

  2. Oh my goodness! Crack me up with the rainbow song! I grew up in Utah, but live in Idaho and started to wonder if I made up a lot of my childhood memories because no one here knew what I was talking about. Thanks for a little validation. Love this craft/snack idea

  3. Picked up what I needed to make these! If you live in Texas HEB has these twizzlers on sale for $1.50 a bag.

  4. I would like to send you a recipe to taste test…I just put it together today. Actually embellished on one that I stumbled across….I think it turned out really good and am making your garlic sticks to serve with it tonight.

  5. I live in Savannah, GA and St. Patty’s Day is a BIG HUGE deal down here. Being a non-drinker myself but definitely a sugar indulger, these will be a perfect way to celebrate. 🙂

  6. I teach preschool and this is the perfect little St. Patty’s Day treat to send home with them! Soooo stinkin cute!

  7. This is driving me nuts. Do rainbow twizzlers really only come in six colors?! It’s the first thing my 3 year old noticed while reading this with me.

    1. I’m pretty sure they’re not going to make the distinction between purple, indigo, and blue and are striking for a happy medium somewhere. 🙂

  8. I learned the rainbow song when I was little and I have never met anyone else who knew it!

  9. Oh and for a less sugar-laden treat, we used food color to dye milk and “painted” a rainbow on toasted bread last St. Patrick’s Day.

  10. Just had to laugh about your comment about thinking the colors of the rainbow were that… made me think of the song from Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I had to add, though, that you are missing blue in your list – it’s ROY G. BIV – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.

  11. These are so cute! I am thinking of using them as favors for a Willy Wonka party, and maybe taking them to my son’s kindergarten class for St. Patty’s Day too! 🙂

  12. Quote: “but because I live in a freaking unventilated shower stall, unspeakable things started happening to my cotton candy.”
    Though I live nowhere near you, we must have had the same builder 😉

  13. Great idea!!! Simple, adorable and my children love Twizzlers so that is just topping of the cake! Thanks for the idea!

    1. I’m not 100% sure–there were lots of little fingers sneaking pieces of licorice along the way and I don’t have the bags anymore. 🙂 I’m thinking about 6.

      One thing you could do, especially for kids, is cut the licorice in 1/2–that’s still PLENTY of sugar, haha!

  14. These are too cute! I’m a teacher, so I’m frequently looking for sweet (but super cheap and easy) crafts to make for my kiddos. I just might have the guts to try this! Thanks for the idea!

  15. These are great. My kids love St. Patrick’s Day! Weird, I know. We try to catch a Leprechaun in a trap we made a few years ago. So for a week or so before St. Paddy’s Day the Leprechauns are always doing naughty things like dying our milk green (which ends up really grossing me out to drink). On the actual day they decorate our house with green stuff and usually leave something in the trap or near it. I did something similar to your rainbows a couple years ago, but had the licorice going into two mini pots of gold candy (I also like the use of Rolo or Werthers or something, the coins are just too gross for me!). I like this idea of having it in a bag, especially because we’ll be out of town this year. My kids were so disappointed about that! Anyway, I’m sure you wanted to know all about our St. Patrick’s Day traditions! Haha!

  16. Awesome. Bonus is both candies are peanut free and on the Peanut and Tree-Nut free candy list! Perfect for peanut free schools.

  17. My wife teaches 4 and 5 year old in Sunday School. She usually makes layered jello for the creation story, now she may resort to twisslers for the rainbow.

  18. I love, love,love these. Where can I find the colored licorice? I am having a St. Partrick’s Day party and these will be awesome favors.. Thanks.

    1. I just get it in the candy section of grocery stores, but if you’re having a hard time finding it there, you can buy it in bulk on Amazon.