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Saint Pat's Sweets: Shamrock Shakes, Irish Creme Donuts, Pot of Gold Cupcakes

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It's no secret that St. Patrick's Day (March 17) revolves around consuming copious amounts of distilled beverages, but even for the most hardened Irish imbiber, Jameson and Guinness can get old after a while.

So when you want to pay tribute to Irish tradition but you're over the Irish Car Bombs, snap up some seasonal offerings sans booze. McDonald's, Dunkin' Donuts, and other fast-food faves are serving special items in tribute to Saint Pat himself.

See also:

- Irish Car Bomb Jell-O Shots for St. Patrick's Day: A Recipe (Photos)

Much like the McRib, McDonald's Shamrock Shake is an annual tradition. Fast-food fanatics eagerly away the green mint bevvie each March. You can score 'em now, but better be quick -- they don't stick around long. And then it's another long, painful 11 months before the minty deliciousness comes around again.

Miami's cupcake kingdom, Sweetness Bake Shop & Café, is serving three special varieties of cupcake for this Sunday's festivities: Pot of Gold, made with chocolate espresso cake, Jameson whiskey, dulce de leche, and Bailey's dulce leche buttercream; an Irish Car Bomb, made with chocolate Guinness cake, Jameson whiskey ganache, and Bailey's buttercream; and a Feelin' Lucky, made with vanilla cake, marshmallow buttercream, and Lucky Charms cereal. All three will be available Sunday, March 17, so you can stock up on dessert before the binge-drinking begins.

This year, Dunkin' Donuts has rolled out an Irish-inspired line of drinks and treats. There's the Irish Crème Donut, complete with a sugared raised shell, Irish Crème-flavored filling, and powdered sugar; the hot or cold Irish Crème Latte, topped with caramel drizzle; and the Irish Crème Frozen Coffee Coolatta. Stand by for a major sugar rush.

Everyone's other favorite doughnut standby, Krispy Kreme, will offer green sweets beginning a couple days before St. Paddy's Day. No word on exact flavor options until later in the week, but the purveyor promises the shamrock-inspired edibles will feature green sprinkles and all that festive jazz.

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