Can we pretend these are pancakes?
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.
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.
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.
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.
P.S. I totally got him to eat the marshmallows.