Okay you guys, this post is near and dear to my heart, and I hope you’re just as here for Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats as I am! Let me start off by saying, you know how I feel about two of the greatest things in life, Browned Butter and Marshmallow Treats! Remember that one year for Valentine’s Day that I made Heart Shaped Marshmallow Treats with Browned Butter and we all couldn’t believe how good they were with the Browned Butter addition?! Well I’m back with another hit and this time it involves Lucky Charms cereal! So full disclosure I originally wanted to make these for you for St. Patrick’s Day because, leprechauns and luck and stuff, but life happened and I didn’t get a chance to! As fate would have it though, they were meant to be!
Lucky Charms were my FAVORITE cereal as a kid! I remember walking the cereal aisle as a kid and begging my mom for them. She usually made me get Kix insteead (so I still have a soft spot in my heart for them), but every once in a while she’d let me get the holy grail of breakfast cereal, Lucky Charms! Man would I cherish that box of cereal! I remember scooping it out into a bowl instead of pouring it so I could control the ratio of magically delicious marshmellowy goodness to the frosted oats. It had to be the perfect bowl because it was such a special treat and I cherished it! I remember vividly pairing my Lucky Charms with Saturday Morning Cartoons, in the way I now pair a fine wine and fancy cheese together. It was pure bliss.
Not every child is so lucky to be able to have that amazing Saturday morning combination that I look back so fondly on. There are lots of children out there who watch cartoons from a hospital bed, if they are well enough to even watch them at all. This is why I’m so very excited to bring you this post. I have the opportunity to make these for you because during the month of May I can simultaneously stock up on my favorite General Mills Cereals (like Lucky Charms), all while supporting the Children’s Miracle Network and my local Rady Children’s Hospital here in San Diego! Giving back is really important to me, so being able to buy a product I already love, make a fun recipe for you, and in the process help others, is a cause I wholeheartedly support. This one is for the kids!
The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has an amazing group of supporters helping kids all across America. Since I’m here in San Diego, I want to help my local Rady Children’s Hospital who has helped children like Kaylee, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Thanks to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals funds, she received excellent medial care and completed her chemotherapy in March 2018! She’s now in Kindergarten and loves it!
So this month I’m purchasing all of my favorite General Mills at my local Costco store! Both Costco and General Mills are partners of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and help fund lifesaving treatment for children just like Kaylee. I seriously LOVE Costco! Not only did they carry my cookbook there, but they carry my heart there as well. A heart for giving back to those in need. You can usually find me at Costco at least once a weekend. My husband makes me go down every aisle and I act like I’m mad about it, but I secretly love it! Now I have another excuse to go! To get more Lucky Charms and support the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and my girl Kaylee!
Guess what else? Lucky Charms are gluten-free! How cool is that?! General Mills is making sure that all of their oat flour used in their cereals in gluten-free! I don’t know about you, but I get so excited when I know my favorite treats are gluten-free and I don’t have to think twice about it! So stop by your local Costco, grab yourself a box of Lucky Charms, throw on some old Saturday Morning Cartoon classics and get to making these Lucky Charm Marshmallow Treats! I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday. 🙂
*This post is sponsored by General Mills. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
- 8 tablespoons (114g) unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
- 1 bag (10 oz./ 283 g) mini marshmallows
- 6 cups (9 oz./240 g) Lucky Charms cereal
- Add the butter to a medium-sized heavy-bottomed saucepan (3.5qt./3.3L) and cook over medium-low heat. Stir intermittently using a rubber spatula. As the butter melts it will start to bubble and foam. As the butter continues to brown, the color will turn from lemon yellow to amber and go from a loud bubble to quiet simmer. When the butter is ready, brown specks will have formed at the bottom of the pan and some will start rise in the foam. The butter will also have a very pleasant nutty aroma. While butter is browning line a 9x13 pan (or two 8x8 square glass pans for thicker treats) with parchment paper. Transfer the Lucky Charms cereal to an extra large mixing bowl and set aside.
- Once the butter has browned, add the vanilla, and salt to the pan. Then add all of the marshmallows. Use a rubber spatula to constantly stir the marshmallows and browned butter together until the marshmallows are melted and combined. Remove from heat and use the rubber spatula to immediately transfer the marshmallow mixture to the cereal bowl. Stir everything together until combined.
- Transfer the cereal mixture to the pan(s) lined with parchment paper. Use the spatula to spread and press the cereal mixture into place evenly across the pan. It may also help to use wet hands to push the mixture into the pan. Let cool for 30 minutes or until hardened.
- Once the cereal treats are cooled, lift the parchment from the pan and cut the treats into squares. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days and use parchment paper to separate the treats so they don't stick together.