With Easter in March this year, I have almost completely forgotten about St. Patrick’s Day. But when I saw the special edition Luck Charms with all green marshmallows at the store, I knew I had to make these. I took my special tricks for making super soft and gooey Rice Krispie treats and applied them here. These Lucky Charms Treats are even better than Rice Krispie Treats. They are so crispy, yet so gooey and all those little pockets of Lucky Charms marshmallow bits take them to a whole new level.
Here are the things that make an extra good marshmallow treat:
- butter to cereal to marshmallow ratio
- melting the butter with the marshmallows
- adding a little vanilla
- reserving some marshmallows to add in at the last minute to create extra gooey pockets
Head the to the store right now and pick up some Lucky Charms and mini marshmallows and surprise your family for St. Patrick’s Day!!!
- 5 TBSP. butter, in chunks
- 8 C. mini marshmallows, divided
- a few drops of green food coloring ( I used Americolor Electric Green gel food coloring)
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 6 C. Lucky Charms, little marshmallow bits picked out and reserved for later (almost a whole box)
1. Over low heat, melt the butter and 6 cups of the mini marshmallows, stirring frequently. Once they start to get a little melty, mix in the food coloring and vanilla. Continue stirring until the vanilla and green coloring is completely mixed in and the marshmallows are completely melted.
2. Once melted, stir in the Lucky Charms without the little marshmallow bits and stir until everything is coated and evenly distributed. I separated the Lucky Charms marshmallows out to add in later because they are more fragile and I wanted to preserve their shape by stirring them less and exposing them to heat less. If you can’t be bothered by this extra step of dividing out the little marshmallows, then don’t worry about it, but it does make a fun sorting activity for little kids.
3. Add in the reserved 2 cups of mini marshmallows and all the little marshmallow bits from the Lucky Charms. Stir until evenly distributed and until the mini marshmallows melt just a little bit. The goal is to soften them up, but not completely melt them.
4. Transfer the whole mess of gooey goodness into a greased 9×9 pan and spread out. If they are too sticky to spread, wet the back of a spoon and press down. Let cool completely. Slice and eat! Cover with plastic wrap or transfer cut treats into a ziplock bag. They can be stored in the freezer as well, just let them thaw all the way on the counter before eating.