Can we pretend these are pancakes?

Boozy Lucky Charms Cereal Milkshakes with Marshmallow Frosting I

I have good reason.

Two weeks ago, Eddie and I had a little pancake cookoff. Not just any pancake cookoff either. For months – actually, probably two years now? – he has been obsessed with the idea of making lucky charms pancakes.

It all started when we were at one of our favorite restaurants for brunch. Our server told us that the previous week, they were serving lucky charm pancakes with a glaze made out of the cereal and everything. I am telling you that I have NEVER seen him so crazy over an idea for so long. I mean, under normal circumstances he doesn’t even remember what we had for breakfast three days ago let alone what he DIDN’T get to have for brunch nearly two years ago.

Makes no sense. No sense at all.

Boozy Lucky Charms Cereal Milkshakes with Marshmallow Frosting I

Before I continue, I have to tell you something weird. He doesn’t eat the lucky charms marshmallows from the box. In fact, he doesn’t eat them unless the are totally soaked in the milk.

And it all comes back to styrofoam. Eddie has the worst aversion to styrofoam. The sound and texture is like nails on a chalkboard to him. He can barely even say the word. He cringes and makes the most hilarious faces and just can’t STAND it. If he ever has to open a package where the product is enclosed in the foam or if something is packed with the foam peanuts, I have to sit there and watch him open it. The holidays are equally as hilarious when he opens gifts because my brothers purposely throw styrofoam at him.

He is probably reading this right now totally losing his mind over how many times he has had to read the word styrofoam.

ANYHOO. The lucky charms marshmallows remind him of a styrofoam texture. Yep. When I suggested that we top our pancakes with marshmallows, he looked at me like I had forty heads and said quite nonchalantly that “no one eats the marshmallows.” Um. What? Hello. The marshmallows are pretty much the ONLY reason people buy the cereal and I know a certain person (definitely not me) who used to eat every marshmallow out of the box and leave the rest behind for her brothers. Again, definitely not me.

I’m still very confused at his marshmallow thoughts.

Boozy Lucky Charms Cereal Milkshakes with Marshmallow Frosting I

So a few Sundays ago, we each attempted our pancakes. That was a feat in itself because working together in our small kitchen makes us have hateful thoughts. But we did it – first my way, then his.

Uh, did you know that when said marshmallows are blended and mashed and combined with other things, they turn a lovely shade of greenish brown? Yes. That shade of milkshake up there is the shade of the crushed marshmallows. Can you imagine some beautiful greenish brown pancakes? How lovely.

That was issue number one, but issue number two was the major lack of flavor. Neither of us could really remember what lucky charms tasted like, but obviously I scooped about four handfuls out of the box during our pancake-off.

The pancakes didn’t taste like lucky charms. I tried the whole cereal-milk thing (my friend Megan rocks at this) but the lucky charm cereal – neither that marshmallows or the other… things? got soggy in the milk. Like at all. Like after 24 HOURS. No sog. What exactly is in this stuff? I don’t even want to know. I’m just going to blend and drink.

Oh. But. We kind of… bought… more than one box of lucky charms for our little weekend contest which left me with quite a bit of cereal. Two months ago I made these rice krispie treat milkshakes soooo… it was happening. I decided to try blending the marshmallows and then soaking them – which worked much better in terms of flavor. You can also throw a few extra handfuls of cereal into the blender and let it do it’s thang.

And then add vodka.

And then to be worse (or wonderful), swirl some marshmallow frosting on top.

Or whipped cream. But at this point, that’s kind of boring.

I think I am now done trashing up things with my childhood cereals. I think.

Boozy Lucky Charms Cereal Milkshakes with Marshmallow Frosting I


Boozy Lucky Charms Cereal Milkshakes with Marshmallow Frosting

Yield: serves 4 appropriately, 2 obnoxiously

Prep Time: 30 minutes


1 1/2 cups lucky charms marshmallows
2 cups milk
4 cups vanilla ice cream
1/3 cup marshmallow vodka
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
a batch (or extra leftover) marshmallow frosting
extra cereal for topping


Add the marshmallows to a food processor and blend until powdery. It's okay if a few larger pieces remain. Add the milk to a large bowl and pour in the blended marshmallows. Stir to combine, then let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, add the ice cream, marshmallow milk, vodka and vanilla extract to a blender. You can add extra cereal if you'd like! Blend until combined and pour into glasses. Top with frosting (or whipped cream!) and some extra marshmallows.

Boozy Lucky Charms Cereal Milkshakes with Marshmallow Frosting I

P.S. I totally got him to eat the marshmallows.

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97 Responses to “Boozy Lucky Charms Cereal Milkshakes with Marshmallow Frosting.”

  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — March 14, 2014 @ 7:02 am

    I’m dead. These are the most incredible Milkshakes ever.
    I hate the actual cereal part of lucky charms….I always just ate the marshmallows.
    And now I can do that and feel like a grownup with the whole vodka thing.


    • Ilona @ Ilona's Passion — March 14th, 2014 @ 7:53 pm

      Taylor.. this is what my son is doing with Lucky charms cereal, he eats marshmallows and does not eat the rest:)


  2. #
    Chloe @ foodlikecake — March 14, 2014 @ 7:07 am

    These are the cutest milkshakes ever! I always ate the marshmallows out of the box :-)


  3. #
    Belinda@themoonblushbaker — March 14, 2014 @ 7:20 am

    I am now officially jealous of marshmallow cereal now, Moving to USA just to have sip of these milkshakes is on my bucket list!


  4. #
    Tami — March 14, 2014 @ 7:23 am

    You can buy just marshmallows from nutsonline


  5. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — March 14, 2014 @ 7:25 am

    WHAT!?!?!?? Jess, these are beautiful!!! I ADORED Lucky Charms as a kid (and to add some strength to your argument, yes, the marshmallows were the only reason for that). I’d pour milk on my cereal but pick all the marshmallows up and pile them up on the table, then put them all in my hand and throw them into my mouth all at once. A lovely visual, right? But it was like the best part of breakfast. Not sure I’d get so much enjoyment out of it now, but thank you for bringing back the memories and I am thoroughly entertained by the styrofoam story! :)


  6. #
    ami@naivecookcooks — March 14, 2014 @ 7:34 am

    I am dying here!!! I love love love lucky charms and this shake! God, you are killing me!! hehe


  7. #
    Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker — March 14, 2014 @ 7:38 am

    Okay I just had to pause for a second, because not only is this shake is like my favourite colour EVER but also because this shake is my perfect excuse to pay for the £5 box of cereal so I can make this.


  8. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — March 14, 2014 @ 7:50 am

    Hahaha –> “working together our small kitchen makes us have hateful thoughts.” I literally almost spit out my coffee.

    This milkshake is ridiculously cute. Have Lucky Charms marshmallows always been that neon?! Terrifying and wonderful all at the same time.


  9. #
    Brie @ Entrée the Giant — March 14, 2014 @ 8:01 am

    I love the honesty of the hateful thoughts. For me and Eric…it’s when we grocery shop together. So much tension!


  10. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 14, 2014 @ 8:10 am

    Lucky Charms is one cereal I’ve never baked with or incorporated into a recipe and….I LOVE that you did! Wow. This looks so good! Marshmallow vodka with those little Lucky marshmallows, oh I’d be in heaven! pinned


  11. #
    Cara's Healthy Cravings — March 14, 2014 @ 8:23 am

    These just make me smile!


  12. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onions — March 14, 2014 @ 8:24 am

    I just saw a lucky charms commercial the other day… totally making this


  13. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — March 14, 2014 @ 8:32 am

    We totally have cook-offs too! Glad he ate the marshmallows but who wouldn’t with this drink.


  14. #
    Christine @ Gotta Eat Green — March 14, 2014 @ 8:43 am

    Wow – your pictures are stunning! I scrolled down the whole post when I first got here just to look at all the pics! Haha I can’t believe he hates the marshmallows? I totally used to pick them all out and leave the cereal!


  15. #
    jenn from much to my delight — March 14, 2014 @ 8:59 am

    Oh my gosh, these pictures are like a burst of springtime on my computer screen. So soft, pretty and sweet. Easy like Easter morning. But ohhhhhh, my stomach hurts thinking about these! :)


  16. #
    Nicocobell — March 14, 2014 @ 9:00 am

    I get the shivers just thinking about the marshmallows scratching my teeth….like nails on a chalk board. But I still ate Lucky Charms as a kid despite the shiver thing.

    Your pictures are so beautiful and dreamy. Can’t wait to find me some lucky charms :)


  17. #
    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy — March 14, 2014 @ 9:22 am

    Lucky charms are so expensive to buy here in the UK, but it is totally worth it. This looks amazing. My husband would love it.


  18. #
    Alison — March 14, 2014 @ 9:29 am

    I was going to tell you to check out (had it bookmarked) but I looked again and I personally would not want to give the guy my credit card number. He has an eBay store but sells more car parts and condoms than marshmallows… so maybe go with as someone else mentioned above, if you don’t want to pick the marshmallows out of the cereal :)


  19. #
    Kara @ Drop of Kindness — March 14, 2014 @ 9:37 am

    Do these count as breakfast?


  20. #
    Cori — March 14, 2014 @ 9:38 am

    I am actually one of those strange people who will eat the actual cereal out of a lucky charms box and skip the marshmallows. I will only eat the marshmallows as long as they are soggy from the milk…..and even then they are kinda “eh” to me.

    Love this idea though! So fun!


  21. #
    jamie — March 14, 2014 @ 9:46 am

    in LOVE! this is a reminder to me that i need to pick up a box of lucky charms…my mom used to dye the milk green every St. Patrick’s Day making it that much more enjoyable to eat! do you remember when they added new shapes of marshmallows?! the red balloon and rainbow were…ARE my favorite!


  22. #
    Ashley — March 14, 2014 @ 10:04 am

    So I am pretty much completely and totally obsessed with this milkshake. That is all.


  23. #
    Kristina Rose — March 14, 2014 @ 10:22 am

    These look like they’ll be super fun for my St. Patty’s festivities – I do have one question though… I lack a food processor! Is it possible to break the marshmallows up in the blender or should I do so the “old fashioned” way with a ziplock bag and rolling pin? I can’t wait to try these!


  24. #
    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — March 14, 2014 @ 10:32 am

    OMG this is such a Friday recipe. Amazing.


  25. #
    DessertForTwo — March 14, 2014 @ 10:33 am

    hehe, I love hearing about you two in the kitchen having a show-down!
    Styrofoam, really? That’s odd! But I’m glad you set him straight and he ate a marshmallow!!


  26. #
    Jennifer — March 14, 2014 @ 10:44 am

    YUM!! this looks great. I have the same aversion to Styrofoam. When it’s packed and rubs against cardboard, could be a worse form of torture than water boarding for me.


    • Eddie — March 14th, 2014 @ 3:40 pm

      Jennifer, i’m there with you. I cringed just reading about styrofoam and cardboard.


  27. #
    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — March 14, 2014 @ 10:45 am

    This should just be illegal. Now you’ve got imagining every cereal-inspired milkshake under the sun.


  28. #
    Lacy — March 14, 2014 @ 11:03 am

    Who is your friend Eddie?


    • Eddie — March 14th, 2014 @ 3:41 pm

      And should I be concerned?


  29. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — March 14, 2014 @ 11:16 am

    boozy lucky charms milkshakes? oh yes please.

    and i totally used to eat the marshmallows out of the box – I didn’t like them as much once they were mushy after being in a bowl of milk.


  30. #
    Los | The Man, The Chef, The Dad — March 14, 2014 @ 11:24 am

    Jesus. I will never be able to look at Lucky Charms the same way again. I’ll want to do nothing but make it into a shake. Ugh, now I’m thinking about all the other cereal/milkshake possibilities. Thanks..

    And who eats the marshmallows?! When I used to eat Lucky Charms (may or may not have been 2 months ago), I used to eat all the.. things.. first and then I’ll have nothing but a bowl of marshmallows to have mouthfuls of. I used to get on such a sugar high all this commercials made sense because I swear I used to see that freaking leprechaun after every spoonful of marshmallows.


  31. #
    Mallory — March 14, 2014 @ 11:50 am

    OMD I totally agree with Eddie!!! I squirmed everytime I had to read that word. ewwww. I finally feel understood.


  32. #
    Gina — March 14, 2014 @ 12:23 pm

    If you like the idea of Lucky Charms Pancakes, you would probably love Captain Crunch French Toast…so darn good! I think the recipe is in the original Diners, Drive-ins & Dives cookbook. Love.


  33. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — March 14, 2014 @ 12:34 pm

    can we pretend that we are best friends in real life because ohmygoddd could this BE more amazing?! don’t think so


  34. #
    Chrysa — March 14, 2014 @ 12:39 pm

    You just made my life. I was eating Lucky Charms earlier this week whilst doing my taxes. It has been my favorite cereal my whole life.

    I am 32.


  35. #
    Jane {In the Pink and Green} — March 14, 2014 @ 1:37 pm


    i need to make these.


  36. #
    Erika — March 14, 2014 @ 2:01 pm

    Ahhh!! I totally tried to make cereal milk pancakes with lucky charms after attending a cooking demo with Christina Tosi. Utter, utter fail. So sad. But that is so smart to blend up the marshmallows BEFORE soaking. Did you try pancakes with the marshmallow milk? I totally want to try…


  37. #
    Jenni — March 14, 2014 @ 2:01 pm

    I just want to say that you are a crazy person. That is all. :)


  38. #
    Lauren@LoveChocolateLife — March 14, 2014 @ 3:10 pm

    ahhhhhhhhh i have to say.. I HATE THE MARSHMALLOWS TOO !!!!!! Unless they are soaked in milk and I’m eating them with the cereal. The feeling of chewing the dry marshmallows def feels so weird and def reminds. me. of . styrofoam. hahahah so i had to comment because my friends think im weird too. But.. LOVE the milkshakes !!!


  39. #
    Beth @ bethcakes — March 14, 2014 @ 3:51 pm

    This is so fantastic. Everyone’s favorite childhood cereal + vodka. Also this is probably the first time I’ve EVER heard of someone eating just the cereal and not the marshmallows. Glad you got him to try some though!


  40. #
    Heather — March 14, 2014 @ 3:54 pm

    I thought that my husband was the only person in the world who freaked out over Styrofoam! If a box/package arrives at our house and there’s styrofoam in there, he makes me open the box the rest of the way. He won’t even touch it. It’s SO STRANGE! :-)


  41. #
    Tess @ Tips on Life & Love — March 14, 2014 @ 4:06 pm

    Lucky charms is my favorite cereal, but I can’t remember the last time I had it. Looks like I will be visiting the grocery for some of these to make this recipe. Thanks for sharing!


  42. #
    Rachael | Spache the Spatula — March 14, 2014 @ 4:16 pm

    Oh. My. GOSH! Brilliant! This is possibly the best thing I’ve seen all week.

    By the way, I can totally relate to your husband. When I eat Luck Charms, I actually eat all of the crunchy other pieces first then have a bowl full of soggy marshmallows. Yes, ONLY marshmallows. It’s as trashy and delicious as it sounds.


  43. #
    Rachel Wilkerson Miller — March 14, 2014 @ 4:36 pm



  44. #
    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — March 14, 2014 @ 4:40 pm

    This is probably one of my favorite posts of yours, EVER. These pictures are perfection and the milkshakes? Dying over them!!


  45. #
    Nicole @ Start With Four Walls — March 14, 2014 @ 4:55 pm

    You are a beautiful evil genius and I love you! The pictures are to die, I want to eat all the frosting, and I love those paper straws. Someday you should do a post about how you decide to style the photos (or have you already done that?)


  46. #
    Larry — March 14, 2014 @ 5:08 pm



  47. #
    Lisa @ Simple Pairings — March 14, 2014 @ 6:10 pm

    As a kid, my mom never let us buy sugary cereals – and I certainly understand why. Those delicious little marshmallows were a total weakness. I’d sleep over at friend’s houses and pick out all the colorful little sugary treats, leaving some unfortunate family member to end up with the blah cereal bits. Such a funny memory of mine – thanks for bringing it all back :) Your milkshakes look so yummy and they are so creative!


  48. #
    Danae @ thereciperunner — March 14, 2014 @ 6:20 pm

    This is one of the most genius milkshakes I’ve seen! Not only does it involve my guilty pleasure of the Lucky Charms marshmallows (I really don’t understand how someone couldn’t like them!), but it has marshmallow vodka, and marshmallow frosting! You totally brought it with this shake!!


  49. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — March 14, 2014 @ 7:50 pm

    sad the pancakes didn’t work out but these shakes look SOOOO AMAZING!!!

    and it’s awesome that you got the hubs to eat some marshmallows…seriously…EVERYONE loves the marshmallows best! lol


  50. #
    Ilona @ Ilona's Passion — March 14, 2014 @ 7:54 pm

    Adorable milkshakes, just love them, so pretty picture:)



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