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.
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.
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.
- 4 1/2 tbsp butter
- 1 1/2 10 oz bags of regular marshmallows
- 6 cups of Lucky Charms Cereal
- 1/2 can of vanilla frosting
- 4 drops of green food dye (optional)
- Grease a 13x9 pan and set aside.
- Melt butter on stove top in a large pan
- While butter is melting, separate cereal from colored marshmallows. Set aside.
- Once butter is melted, stir in regular marshmallows until melted.
- Remove from heat and add in cereal bit immediately. Stir until well coated.
- Press cereal mixture into greased pan.
- Melt vanilla frosting in microwave for 30 seconds.
- Add 4 drops of green food dye to frosting and stir (optional).
- Top cereal mixture with frosting and Lucky Charms marshmallows.
- Allow to set up for 20 minutes.
- Cut into squares and serve.
- Great tip: Grease spatula before pressing cereal mixture into pan.
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!