Happy St. Patrick's Day! I look forward to returning home from work this evening for a nice run in this gorgeous weather we have been blessed with here in Chicago which will be immediately followed by St. Patrick's Day indulgences including our Slow Cooker Guinness Corned Beef, Irish Soda Bread, a Guinness for my husband and a Jameson Apple Crush Cocktail for me. In addition to our traditional Irish inspired menu, I made Lucky Charms Rice Krispies Treats - a spin on a classic that is fitting for St. Patrick's Day which I have been eager to try for awhile.
I always give my husband a hard time for the fact that one of his favorite cereals is Kellogg's Rice Krispies. While I have a soft spot in my heart for any Rice Krispies commercial where parents are bonding with their children over the magic of the Snap, Crackle and Pop effect, I find it to be a very dry cereal that is best enjoyed covered in melted marshmallows and butter! He loves them either way. Together, we share a love for the Magically Delicious Lucky Charms, a cereal that is difficult not to enjoy and does not last long in our home. With Lucky Charms' St. Patrick's Day flare, why not combine irresistible gooey Rice Krispies Treats, Lucky Charms marshmallows and some green food coloring for unique, fun and easy St. Patrick's Day dessert (or dessert for any time of the year for that matter).
I have come across many recipes on Pinterest that purely use Lucky Charms cereal as the entire foundation for a Rice Krispies-like treat. I have a hard time deviating from the classic Rice Krispies Treat recipe, and thus, I attempted to make these treats by combining the best of both worlds - the classic Rice Krispies Treats recipe and the Lucky Charms' delicious, colorful marshmallows. While this method meant quickly sifting out the Lucky Charms marshmallows from the cereal, the only real challenge was trying not to eat all of the Lucky Charm marshmallows before incorporating them into the Rice Krispies.
For added fun for St. Patrick's Day, I added a few drops of green food coloring to the marshmallow batter to give these treats some Irish flare. With the numerous colors in Lucky Charms marshmallows, these treats can be dyed a variety of bright colors to create a fun and delicious treat for any occasion. Even better, these magically delicious treats can be whipped up in less than half an hour. I hope you enjoy them as much as my husband and I did!
LUCKY CHARMS RICE KRISPIES TREATS
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 4 cups miniature marshmallows
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- 1 cup Lucky Charms (marshmallows only)
- Prepare a 13 x 9 inch cake pan with cooking spray.
- In a large saucepan or pot, melt butter over low heat. Once melted, add marshmallows and stir frequently until completely melted. Remove from heat. If desired, add food coloring to the melted butter and marshmallow mixture.
- Add Rice Krispies cereal. Gently stir with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until well coated.
- Add Lucky Charms marshmallows, and continue to gently stir until fully incorporated.
- Press Rice Krispies mixture into the prepared cake pan with wax paper or a greased spatula. Allow to cool.
- Cut into squares, serve and enjoy! Store leftover treats in an air tight container or Ziplock bag.
Rice Krispies recipe adapted from the original Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats Recipe.