Starting a Concession Business

New ventures can be intimidating, but not when you have the team of experts at Gold Medal on your side. When starting a concession stand business, one of your first tasks should be to explore our site and call us for a consultation. We offer in-person taste sampling and training on how to use equipment such as industrial popcorn machines; we even share suggestions for designing your food service area. You’re not alone when you choose Gold Medal as your concession equipment supplier! Get information on starting a concession business here and call us to get started.


Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Green Food Recipes

How to Make Green-Colored Foods


Why should your business celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? According to CNN, 149 million people in the U.S. celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. That’s a good reason to think of ways your business can take part.

One thing everyone associates with the March 17 holiday: the color green. CNN found that of the 149 million who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, 83% plan to wear green. The tradition of wearing green on Saint Patrick’s Day was popularized by Irish immigrants in the United States. The belief is when one wears green on St. Patrick’s Day, they become invisible to leprechauns, the mischievous fairies who pinch those not in green.

If you own a grocery store, gourmet popcorn shop, concession stand, or tourist attraction, get in the spirit and serve green foods on the holiday! We have the products, recipes, and ideas to get you started. Start planning your St. Patrick’s Day menu now!

St. Patrick's Day Green Popcorn


An easy, loveable snack to turn green for St. Patrick’s Day is popcorn. Turn the sweetest or saltiest popcorn green with the help of Green-Color Only Signature Blends®. This product has no flavor and produces an eye-catching color of popcorn that customers will want to try. Click here to learn how to make green colored kettle corn.

If you want a flavored popcorn to serve on St. Patrick’s Day, make our green apple popcorn. This popcorn taste and looks like a green apple with the help of Green Apple Candy Glaze. This recipe is perfect for anyone who likes their popcorn to have some flavor. Check out the recipe to see how simple it is to make this delicious popcorn.

St. Patrick's Day Green Fudge


In need of a St. Patrick’s Day dessert? Fudge is the perfect one to add to your menu. One fudge that will satisfy both chocolate and mint lovers is our mint chocolate swirl fudge. In order to create the green coloring and mint flavoring in this fudge, you must use our Sweet Selections ® Green Mint Flavoring. This flavoring adds a smooth minty sensation to the fudge that every mint lover will enjoy. The added bonus about this fudge is that it not only tastes good but looks good. The winged pattern in the fudge makes a beautiful dessert your customers won’t be able to resist. Click here to learn how to create a winged fudge swirl pattern.

Another green fudge you can add to your menu for St. Patrick’s Day is lime fudge. This fudge is simple to make and only requires four ingredients. This recipe is unique because the fudge is turned green by the ingredient, Lime Sno-Kone® Concentrate. This unusual ingredient makes it even more enticing and fun!

St. Patrick's Day Green Funnel Cakes

Waffles and Funnel Cakes

Put a spin on classic favorites such as waffles, waffle cones, and funnel cakes by coloring them green for St. Patrick’s Day. Make green colored waffles, waffle cones, and funnel cakes by using Green Apple Signature Blends. Making these everyday favorites the color green will show your customers that you are getting in the spirit of the holiday and support this celebration! Coloring these foods can also help your menu stand out from other competitors on St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick's Day Green Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy

The final fun food you can make green for St. Patrick’s Day is cotton candy. One recipe that colors cotton candy green is our caramel apple cotton candy. This recipe brings the rich taste of caramel apples together with the fluffy texture of cotton candy. Our Sassy Apple Flossugar is the ingredient that changes the cotton candy to green in this recipe.  Our Flossugar is easy to use and can be poured directly into the spinner head of any cotton candy machine. Another Flossugar flavor that dyes cotton candy green is Leapin’ Lime Flossugar. Both Sassy Apple and Leapin’ Lime Flossugar would excite your customers and keep them coming back for more.

Have other St. Patrick’s Day recipes or menu ideas? Share with us on Facebook!