Well, St. Patrick’s Day will arrive tomorrow on March 17th, just as it does every year. I have nothing against jolly old Saint Patrick, but as a kid, I remember the schools liked to push it as a big themed holiday, but I knew that it wasn’t. Sure, there were lots of activities involving cutting out shamrocks, coloring them green and having discussions of leprechauns & gold but that’s really all there was to it.
Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Valentine’s Day and Thanksgiving all offered food, gifts and candy. Looking at the holiday from a purely superficial point of view (the only way I look at any holiday), St. Patrick’s Day had/has very little to offer, really.
When you’re a kid, St. Patrick’s Day is just a reason to wear green. It’s mass color coordination across your school and if you’re the one kid who goes to class and doesn’t wear something green, you’re going to get pinched. A lot. Well, maybe just a few times. Actually, is that still a thing? I remember it was a thing when I was in elementary school. When you’re an adult, St. Patrick’s Day just seems like a good excuse to eat and drink on a work night and puke up green beer. Then when you’re hungover next morning to you can eat Lucky Charms.
Still, lots of green stuff and mint-flavored things pop up during the month of March. Bakeries come out with cupcakes with green frosting or shamrock-shaped sugar cookies with green sugar crystals sprinkled on top and everyone decides they need to buy a box of thin mints from a Girl Scout, Irish creme coffee creamers skyrocket in sales and you might find a bag of gold chocolate coins in the candy aisle, but it’s McDonald’s that truly has the market cornered with their Shamrock shake.
A few days ago, I got an email from Dunkin Donuts (we’re tight like that) announcing that mint hot chocolate was BACK. I never knew it left, but that wasn’t the crucial bit of info that I took away from that email. I was most interested in their announcement of MINT OREO DONUTS. Why was this not the subject of the email? Mint Oreo donuts > mint hot chocolate Despite the fact that I’m trudging my way through P90X3, I got my Gandalf on and told St. Patrick’s Day “YOU SHALL NOT PASS… WITHOUT ME GETTING MINT OREO DONUTS”. DD offers two varieties: a regular ol’ mint Oreo donut and then a cream-filled mint Oreo donut. I do not like cream-filled donuts. They are too messy and I get uncomfortable when eating one. So I picked up TWO regular ol’ mint Oreo donuts.
As you can see, real-life doesn’t compare to all of that fancy Photoshopping and airbrushing that is in the advertisement. But when does it ever? In fact, with the donuts I bought you’d think some dangerous type of mold had taken over. I ask you — would you eat that donut not knowing what was on it?
Honestly, I was a bit disappointed. I didn’t detect any mint-flavoring. I’m assuming the frosting was meant to be mint. I think the Oreos were your traditional white stuff and not actual mint Oreo cookies. It was okay for a one time thing but they weren’t anything special. A good idea but the reality is they are a bit ugly looking. Could’ve been saved had there been an actual mint-flavor but as it stands, I’d rather have a classic chocolate frosted donut.
I also bought candles from Walmart. I didn’t intend to “go green” to fit in with the St. Patrick’s Day theme but that’s just how it worked out. I definitely had it in mind to get some lighter scents. I can’t go around lighting a peppermint Christmas candle or a heavy-scented mountain lodge candle during the spring months, now can I?
Obviously, Walmart isn’t going to have the best. Of anything. The trade-off is that you pay about $5 for a candle as opposed to going to Yankee Candle and paying $27.99. First, I picked up Better Homes & Gardens’ Fresh Eucalyptus Mint. I really like the scent, it just doesn’t extend that far. You have to be really close to the candle to smell it. For the low price I paid for it, it was worth it though.
Secondly, I bought a lime sherbet candle. It looks semi-fancy but was, again, pretty cheap. This is actually my favorite of the two. THREE WICKS. So while it burns quicker, you almost immediately start getting the scent of lime once it is lit. I think Yankee Candle does a coconut & lime candle (or something like that) and I plan on getting it at some point, but this will do for now. The scent is strong with this one but not overpowering.
Tomorrow I will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by wearing a green shirt, lighting my lime sherbet candle and watching pro wrestling (hey, it is Monday night after all). Then maybe I’ll cap the night off with this obscure Rankin Bass gem: