This Irish girl has already started the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Baileys frosting. I mentioned that while green food coloring might have made these cupcakes seem a little more festive, I left it off because I don’t use artificial food dyes in my home. Artificial dyes are linked to hyperactivity in children and other health problems. It's best to avoid them.


I’m not the only one concerned about the artificially green foods at this time of the year.


  • All the green food coloring that gets used to make foods festive this time of year is coming under scrutiny. USA Today reports “there is increased concern among consumers about additives, including colorings,” and lists some of the fast foods that get turn green temporarily around this time of year.
  • Want green foods that are green naturally for St. Patrick’s day? Gothamist has five snacks that use foods that are naturally green for a festive party.
  • 10 healthy green foods for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day are the subject of a Food piece on ABC News.
  • Not all St. Patrick’s Day foods need to be green. Here on MNN, we have 11 St. Patrick’s Day recipes for main dishes, side dishes, desserts and drinks. I personally wouldn’t want something like Irish Bread Pudding with Caramel Whisky Sauce to be green anyway. Would you?

Enjoy your weekend!


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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

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