Since they first hit grocery store shelves in 1964, Lucky Charms have become a staple of the American childhood, as millions of kids have grown up eating the delicious hearts, stars, and horseshoes, clovers and blue moons, hourglasses, rainbows, and tasty red balloons. Their legend is so large, in fact, that a pastry chef named Claire Saffitz decided she wanted to create her own gourmet version of the classic cereal. Fortunately for us, Saffitz made a video for the YouTube channel Bon Appétit to show her culinary journey.
Saffitz began by examining the cereal and marshmallows, noting their shape and flavor to determine how she would best replicate them. Saffitz found that the cereal pieces had a traditional oat flavor that would be easy enough for someone of her caliber to imitate. However, when she noticed the bizarre shapes of the cereal, she decided to just stick with shaping the pieces like o’s. From there, Saffitz moved on to the marshmallows.
As Saffitz notes in the video, Lucky Charms’ iconic marshmallows aren’t soft and fluffy, they’re solid and dehydrated because otherwise, the milk would destroy them. While she was willing to abandon recreating the shape of the cereal, Saffitz was savvy enough to realize that the marshmallows would need to look as authentic as possible if she didn’t want her creation to mistaken for an off-brand imitation.
Once these important decisions had been made, Saffitz could begin actually making her spin on Lucky Charms. However, the video shows that Saffitz struggled more than she anticipated in making the cereal pieces taste as good as the real deal. After several failed attempts over a few days, she was finally able to get the texture and flavor right when she cooked them and then let them dehydrate overnight. With that done, she was able to focus on the marshmallows, which proved to be quite a bit easier and before long, her gourmet Lucky Charms were ready to go.
If this video has you wanting to try and create your own batch of gourmet Lucky Charms, you are in luck, as Saffitz ended her video with a quick guide to making the Lucky Charms at home, for anyone brave enough to give it a try. Or you could just abandon the cereal part entirely and make a boatload of marshmallows instead. After all, that’s why everyone eats Lucky Charms in the first place, right?