Before we begin, I must warn you (otherwise it’s just not fair). This snack is ever-so addicting.
For Christmas, a co-worker of mine makes a version of this snack for everybody. She fills it with pretzels, and M&Ms, peanuts, and cereal, and places it in a generous-sized tin for us to (I am assuming) share. I generally don’t share. And I generally come quite close to polishing off the entire tin before actually arriving home from school. Eeek! So there you have it.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
This time I decided to whip up this most spectacular treat with one of my childhood cereal faves-Lucky Charms. Sweet cereal, hidden charms of magical, marshmallow goodness. I could easily top off an entire box on my own…perhaps in one sitting. Never mind the fact that it keeps you full for approximately 30 minutes. I am assuming that is why such cereals were a weekend treat growing up. But don’t you worry-I have found a way to enjoy my favorite cereal in a more substantial way-HA!
This snack is sweet and salty, and crunchy, and melt-in-your-mouth good. Is it even possible for all of that to be accomplished in one snack? The answer is yes. Yes! Sweet cereal and marshmallows, lightly salted peanuts, and creamy white chocolate. Oh…my…goodness. A concoction surely created to make one want to stuff their face.
Have you seen the St. Patrick’s Day limited edition? Entirely perfect for this snack, but perfectly acceptable if you can only find the regular version.
The hardest part about making this recipe is sorting out the marshmallows from the cereal-yup all of ’em. It doesn’t take that long, especially if you have little one…treasure hunt anyone?! Ok-so that might be a stretch. But really it’s not that bad and the only reason I do it is to prevent the festive marshmallows from getting coated and covered in chocolate. So if you don’t care-feel free to skip this step entirely.
Also-you do NOT want to burn the chocolate. Trust me. White chocolate is a little trickier because it will burn and crumble without warning. Lots of checking and lots of stirring. There’s my advice 🙂 If you’re not feeling up for error, create a double boiler on your stove and melt it that way.
This treat is the perfect treat for your little one to take to holiday parties or enjoy as a special treat at home. Or if you’re like me, it’s totally acceptable (as an adult) to make and devour entirely on your own!
Thank you Laura, and enjoy!
- 2 cups Lucky Charms (marshmallows removed)
- 2 cups rice Chex
- 1 cup lightly salted peanuts
- 1 12oz bag white chocolate chips
- 1 1/4 cups Lucky Charms marshmallows
- Prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
- Place 4 cups of cereal and peanuts into a large bowl and mix together.
- In a separate microwave safe bowl, add chocolate chips. Heat for one minute then stir. Then continue heating for 30 seconds at a time until chocolate is just melted and stir until smooth.
- Do not over-heat or chocolate will burn and become crumbly.
- Pour chocolate over cereal mixture and gently fold, coating everything. Toss in marshmallows and fold even more gently than before, just until marshmallows stick to cereal.
- Spread mixture over cookie sheet and let cool. Try not to immediately devour!
- One regular-sized box of Lucky Charms can make 2 batches of this recipes.