Before Neil and I were married, I traveled to Ireland on a long, arduous journey in search of his ancestry and heritage.
Okay, so I was really there for the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin with the Auburn University Marching Band, but you know. Culture. Heritage. Festivals. It’s all one and the same.
Anyway, with St. Patrick’s Day approaching this year, I wanted to fix up a little something that both represented the heart of St. Patrick’s Day and tasted yummy.
St. Patrick’s Day History
Did you know that St. Patrick’s Day began as a religious festival but is now considered a cultural celebration for native Irishmen and those of Irish descent? Did you also know that the traditional color associated with the holiday was blue but green is much more widely accepted “main” color thanks to the shamrock (national plant of Ireland) and the colors of the Irish flag? Thanks Encyclopedia Britannica! With all of that said, I didn’t want to delve too much into the fantasy of the leprechaun and his pot of gold, since the day isn’t really about that, but instead I wanted to focus on the color green and the national plant of Ireland, the shamrock.
Lucky Charms Marshmallow Bar
I’ve realized these last few months that baking is my calling in the kitchen, and even though I didn’t really “bake” anything in this recipe, it was still fun to make and even easier to replicate. A great recipe starts with great ingredients, so make sure you have everything you need before you get started. One of my biggest mistakes in cooking is not having all the parts laid out together to make a great recipe come to life. Nothing is worse than rummaging through the pantry looking for the garlic and coming back to burnt chicken on the stove top, ya know? I digress.
Lucky Charms Marshmallow Bar Ingredients
For this recipe you will need:
- 3 tablespoons of butter
- 1, 10 oz. package of marshmallows (or 4 cups of mini marshmallows)
- Lucky Charms St. Patrick’s Day Cereal (divided)
Lucky Charms Marshmallow Bar Directions
After you’ve assembled your ingredients, you can choose to use a stovetop or a microwave to make these.
- On a stovetop, melt the butter on low heat in a large saucepan. Add marshmallows and stir completely until melted.
- Alternatively, in a microwave safe container, heat butter and marshmallows together on high for 3 minutes. Stir after timer is up, then put back in the microwave for 2 more minutes. Stir until smooth.
- While butter and marshmallows are melting and combining, cover the bottom of a 13×9 pan in wax paper or non-stick spray. Make sure you spray your spatula as well!
- Add cereal pieces to marshmallow/butter mixture. Stir until well coated. Spread evenly into pan and press down.
- Add St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Charms marshmallows for a festive topping!
Tips for the Best Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats
One of the biggest tips I can give you for making an excellent cereal treat is to add the cereal ASAP after the marshmallows are well melted. If you let the marshmallows cool at all, you won’t get quite as even of a coating on the cereal. I took this stash of yummy treats to a small group gathering and returned with exactly 1, so it’s safe to say these were quite a big hit! What’s your favorite St. Patrick’s Day treat?
P.S. After researching my future husband’s last name, we found out that it’s actually Scottish, not Irish. Oh well, Éirinn go Brách!