These cutesy, colorful marshmallow cereal treats are perfect for a kid’s party or just to jazz up your boring, grown-up life. They contain two of my favorite childhood cereals, Lucky Charms and Fruity Pebbles, topped with white chocolate and rainbow sprinkles. They taste surprisingly amazing together!
Lucky Charms cereal was created in 1962 by John Holahan and was the first cereal to include marshmallows. General Mills challenged their product developers to come up with a new cereal. Holohan had the idea to mix the existing cereal Cheerios with pieces of Brach’s circus peanuts. Surprisingly, almost fifty percent of Lucky Charms consumers are adults!
The first boxes of Lucky Charms contained marshmallows shaped like hearts, moons, stars and clovers. Eventually, they would add diamonds, horseshoes, balloons, trees, rainbows, pots of gold, shooting stars, color-swirled shapes and many more. Some marshmallow shape would be retired or modified. Each marshmallow was meant to represent one of Lucky the Leprechaun’s magic charms. The permanent marshmallows and their powers are listed below:
- Pink Hearts – power to bring things to life
- Shooting Stars – power to fly
- Purple Horseshoes – power to speed up things
- Green Clovers – luck, good or bad
- Blue Moons – power of invisibility
- Rainbows – instantaneous travel from place to place
- Red Balloons – power to make things float
- Hourglass – power to control time
Fruity Pebbles were a reintroduction of a low-performing Post cereal called Sugar Rice Krinkles. Fruity and Cocoa Pebbles were marketed around Hanna-Barbera’s Flintstones characters. Fruity Pebbles underwent many more formula variations than its sister cereal, Cocoa Pebbles. The name was changed several times, marshmallows were added and removed and more colors were added. The current colors include orange, red, yellow, blue, purple, green and pink.
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End of the Rainbow Cereal Treats
3 cups Lucky Charms cereal
3 cups Fruity Pebbles cereal
10 oz marshmallows
¼ cup butter, chopped
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup white chocolate chips
Grease 11” x 7” pan.
Pour cereal into a large mixing bowl.
Melt marshmallows, butter and vanilla over medium heat, stirring often.
Pour fully melted mixture over cereal.
Mix together with a greased spoon or spatula.
Press into prepared pan. (For this step, I greased my hands with cooking spray before pressing. You could also lay plastic wrap over the pan and press down with clean hands.)
Melt white chocolate in microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring after each.
Spread over cereal.
Sprinkle with… sprinkles.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Slice into 24 squares with a sharp knife. (Run the knife under hot water and dry periodically while cutting to make things easier.)