My friends and I play on a team called “That’s What She Said”. There is a floor hockey team in the winter months and a slow-pitch baseball team in the summer months. During our summer season, the girls on the team usually take turns bringing treats for the team. It’s become tradition to make Rice Krispie-like treats using different kinds of candy cereal. My favorites are a tie between Captain Crunch and Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Puffs. We’ve also done Golden Grahams with some chocolate chips thrown in.
I’ve always meant to try this idea with Lucky Charms. I was in the grocery store the other day shopping for ingredients for my top-secret treat for the St. Patrick’s Day party, and Lucky Charms were on sale. I picked up a box (okay, I picked up two so I could have a bowl after my 5k St. Patrick’s Day race) and decided now was the perfect time to test out this idea. The results? A really cute and tasty treat for my staff party (we were celebrating Friday).
It’s a really simple recipe, very similar to Rice Krispie Squares; the only difference is the cereal you add. They’re definitely better warm, as the hardened marshmallow and cereal are really hard to eat when chilled. The marshmallows were bright and festive, and didn’t bleed as much as I had expected. Try this idea out if you need a quick St. Patrick’s Day treat, or try with whatever cereal suits your fancy!
Lucky Charms Treats
Yield: 1, 9 X 12 pan
Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 20 minutes | Cooling Time: 30 minutes
1 cup lactose-free butter or vegan margarine
20 oz marshmallows
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
9 cups cereal
1. Spray a 9 X 13 ” pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In a heavy saucepan melt butter over low heat.
3. Add the marshmallows. Mix continuously until the marshmallows have completely melted.
5. When the marshmallows are melted and creamy, remove from heat. Add the cereal and stir until all cereal is evenly coated with marshmallow.
6. Pour into the greased pan. Using a spatula that has also been sprayed with cooking spray, spread the mixture to the edges of the pan until cereal is level.
7. Refrigerate until cool. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days if they last that long.
(Adapted from Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean Rice Krispie Treats)