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Lucky Charms Rainbow Popcorn Balls

Lucky Charms Rainbow Popcorn Balls

Ingredients

  • 8 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 10-ounce bag miniature marshmallows
  • 6 Cups air-popped popcorn
  • 2 Cups Lucky Charms cereal marshmallows bits

Directions

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from the heat.

Gently stir in the popcorn until it’s fully combined. Stir in the Lucky Charms marshmallow bits, being careful not to over stir them (or the colors will bleed).

Once the mixture is cool enough to handle, grease your hands with cooking spray. Roll 24 balls and place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Let them cool completely and then store them in an airtight container.

These popcorn balls are best if eaten the same day they're made.

Nutritional Facts

Servings24

Calories Per Serving95

Folate equivalent (total)0.6µg0.2%


St. Patrick’s Day Popcorn Balls

Make St. Patrick&rsquos Day even more fun with these yummy Popcorn Balls! They are full of sprinkles, marshmallow charms cereal, and are easy to make for St. Patrick&rsquos Day or any day of the year!

I don&rsquot know if I&rsquove told y&rsquoall or not, but St. Patrick&rsquos Day is an extra special holiday in our house. I&rsquove always loved all the fun and mischief that goes along with celebrating St. Patrick&rsquos Day, but it became even more special six years ago when I said &ldquoI do&rdquo to my husband!

Yep, our anniversary is on St. Paddy&rsquos Day! We didn&rsquot actually intend for it to take place that day, but we ended up having a sort-of &ldquomilitary wedding.&rdquo See, my hubby (then fiancé 😉 ) was about to take off for training for a few months. We had been engaged for over a year and were ready to get married. Plus, once he returned, it would be time for our first PCS move and we needed to be married in order for me to be listed on his orders. So, we did a simple exchange of vows, with just my parents and my sister there, since it was on a Wednesday afternoon. We actually had intentions of having a real wedding in the future, but then&hellip.we got pregnant with our son six months later! So yes, life has just kind of gotten in the way, and we are still hoping to have a vow renewal someday.

So anniversary talk aside, these popcorn balls are really easy to make and the marshmallow cereal and sprinkles give them a special touch for St. Patrick&rsquos Day. My kids absolutely loved them, and so did my hubby. They might become a new anniversary tradition in our house! 🙂

Now before I give you the recipe, I have to admit that it took about three attempts of making these popcorn balls before I got it right. I guess it&rsquos true when they say &ldquothe third time&rsquos the charm!&rdquo I also think it&rsquos the brown sugar in these babies. It tasted WAY better than the white sugar I tried first. Honestly, I was just glad to finally achieve a yummy, yet easy to make popcorn ball! Hope y&rsquoall enjoy them. 🙂


Notes

nobody will find my lucky charms

the grocery store in which he decided to mix Cheerios with bits of Brach's Circus peanuts. [2]

An advertising company employed by General Mills and Company suggested marketing the new cereal around the idea of charm bracelets. [3] Thus, the charms of Lucky Charms were born. Lucky Charms is the first cereal to include marshmallows in the recipe. These pieces are called "marshmallow bits," or "marbits," due to their small size.

The mascot of Lucky Charms, created in 1963, is Lucky the Leprechaun, also known as Sir Charms, and originally called L.C. Leprechaun. [4] The cartoon character's voice was supplied by the late voice actor Arthur Anderson until 1992. Lucky has also been voiced by Eric Bauza, Tex Brashear, Jason Graae, Doug Preis, and Daniel Ross. [5] In 1975, Lucky the Leprechaun was briefly replaced by Waldo the Wizard in New England, while Lucky remained the mascot in the rest of the United States. [6]

The oat cereal was not originally sugar-coated. After initial sales failed to meet expectations, the oats were sugar-coated, and the cereal's success grew. Piggy banks and plastic watches were introduced as cereal box send-away prizes as a marketing tactic to increase sales. The recipe for the cereal remained unchanged until the introduction of a new flavor: Chocolate Lucky Charms, in 2005. Later in 2012, General Mills introduced "Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats."

Following the product launch, the General Mills marketing department found that sales performed dramatically better if the composition of the marbits changed periodically. [3] Various features of the marbits were modified to maximize their appeal to young consumers. Over the years, over 40 limited edition features such as Winter Lucky Charms, Olympic-themed Lucky Charms, and Lucky Charms featuring marshmallow landmarks from around the world, were created to drive consumer demands. In focus groups and market research, more brightly colored charms resulted in better sales than did dull or pastel colors. [3] Currently, General Mills conducts "concept-ideation" studies on Lucky Charms. [3]

The first boxes of Lucky Charms cereal contained marshmallows in the shapes of pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, and green clovers. The lineup has changed occasionally, beginning with the introduction of blue diamonds in 1975, followed by purple horseshoes in 1983, [7] red balloons in 1989, green trees in 1991, rainbows in 1992, blue moons in 1995, leprechaun hats in 1997 (temporarily replaced the green clovers), orange shooting stars and around-the-world charms in 1998 (added blue, green, yellow, purple, and red in 2011), a crystal ball in 2001, and an hourglass in 2008. [3] In 2013, 6 new rainbow swirl moons and 2 new rainbow charms were introduced. From the original four marshmallows, the permanent roster as of 2013 includes eight marshmallows.

Older marshmallows were phased out periodically. The first shapes to disappear were the yellow moons and blue diamonds, replaced by yellow/orange pots of gold and blue moons respectively in 1994. In 2006, the assortment included purple horseshoes red balloons blue crescent-moons orange and white shooting stars yellow and orange pots of gold pink, yellow, and blue rainbows two-tone green leprechaun hats pink hearts (the one shape to survive since the beginning) with the most recent addition being the return of the clovers in 2004. The hourglass shape was retired in spring 2018 and was replaced by a unicorn, which was chosen on social media by way of emojis. [8][9] The size and brightness of the marshmallows changed in 2004. [10] As of 2019, Lucky Charms have added 3 new unicorns of different colorations.

Recent changes to the marshmallows include the star shape taking on a "star" design, the orange five-pointed star being complemented by a white "trail." In late 2005, another marshmallow shape was added, the "Hidden Key". It is a solid yellow marshmallow that resembles an arched door (similar to the shape of a tombstone flat at the bottom, flat sides with a round top). When liquid is added to the cereal, the sugar in the marshmallow dissolves and the shape of a skeleton key appears "as if by magic." The tagline was, "Unlock the door with milk!" This "new" marshmallow type has been used in other hot and cold cereals, but with mixed success (from characters "hidden" inside a bigger marshmallow to letters appearing). In early June 2006, General Mills introduced Magic Mirror marshmallows. In 2008, yellow and orange hourglass marshmallows were introduced with the marketing tagline of, "The Hourglass Charm has the power to Stop Time * Speed Up Time * Reverse Time". As of 2011, swirled marshmallows and rainbow-colored stars have been introduced. [citation needed] In 2018, for the first time in ten years Lucky Charms retired a marshmallow, which was the hourglass, and added a new permanent marshmallow, the Magical Unicorn.

The marshmallows are meant to represent Lucky's magical charms, each with their own special meaning or "power." The following are explanations of the permanent marshmallows: [11]

  1. Hearts – power to bring things to life
  2. Shooting Stars – power to fly
  3. Horseshoes – power to speed/slow down time
  4. Green Clovers – luck, but you will never know what kind of luck you will get
  5. Blue Moons – power of invisibility
  6. Rainbows – instantaneous travel from place to place
  7. Red Balloons – power to make things float
  8. Unicorn – according to the inaugural cereal box, unicorns can

"cleanse water with a touch of their horn," "heal whatever troubles you," and "always know when you are telling the truth"


Over-the-Top Popcorn Recipes That Really Make a Statement

If honesty is the best policy, then we have to honestly say that buttery, salty popcorn has been the highlight of our movie-theater-going experience as of late. No shade to Hollywood execs, but no amount of CGI, dramatic storylines, or Meryl Streep can compare to nature’s most deliciously uncomplicated and addictive snack. It’s quite simply Oscar-worthy.

Since the wonders of popcorn know no bounds, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be included in more festivities, holidays, and social gatherings. Bringing popcorn means you are leaving with new friends, which is clearly never a bad thing (unless you’re a recluse, in which case…sorry?). Plus, there’s a bevy of trending recipe ideas on Pinterest so that you can always have the quick and easy snack as part of your last-minute cooking arsenal.

To celebrate everyone’s favorite indulgence, we’ve created four innovative varieties that showcase the popped kernel’s versatility and ability to take on a rainbow (quite literally) of colors, textures, and flavors. Pringles were right: Once you pop, the fun really doesn’t stop.

Gilded Popcorn

What You’ll Need: Popcorn trail mix white chocolate edible gold powder

All that glitters IS gold when it comes to this trail mix-inspired blend of white chocolate, dried cranberries, peanuts, and edible gold powder. Needless to say, you’re going to be the most regal-looking hiker we’ve seen in a long time. Or serve it up as part of your Oscar party snack spread.

Wilton Edible Gold Star Sprinkles, $6.33 on Amazon

Add some stars to the mix for good measure.

Funfetti Popcorn

What You’ll Need: Popcorn animal crackers M&Ms, rainbow sprinkles white chocolate funfetti frosting

There’s no such thing as too many sprinkles and since funfetti continues to have a moment, you’ve officially found your excuse to mix a tub of icing into your popcorn. Frankly, we’d almost rather have this than a traditional birthday cake. Almost.

Pride Popcorn

What You’ll Need: Popcorn sugar water coconut oil food coloring Lucky Charms marshmallows

ROYGBIV has never looked better in this colorful concoction that kicks the unicorn craze to the curb. Throw in some Lucky Charm marshmallow rainbows to make the mix even more fabulous.

Patriotic Popcorn

What You’ll Need: Popcorn white chocolate red, white, and blue star sprinkles

If the grill is intimidating and you’re tired of grandma’s mayonnaise-heavy potato salad, bring this patriotic popcorn to the next Memorial Day picnic. You can also save the recipe for 4th of July, Veteran’s Day, and Labor Day. We promise we won’t utter a peep.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) softened unsalted butter
  • 1¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2¾ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1½ cups lucky charms marshmallows , plus ½ cup more for pressing into the cookies after they have baked
  • 2 tablespoons turinado sugar, for sprinkling
  1. Preheat your oven to 325° and line 2 sheet pans with a silicone mat.*
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the softened butter and sugar on medium-low heat for 2 mintues or until light and airy.
  3. Add 1 egg at a time, mixing well after each one. Adding the vanilla with the last egg.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the mixer.
  6. Add 1½ cup of the marshmallows and gently fold them in using a spatula.
  7. Use a 1½ tablespoon scoop, measure out 8 cookies per pan. Roll into a ball and bake one pan on the middle rack for 10 to 12 minutes or until the cookies are set and the edges are barely golden.
  8. Once the pan comes out of the oven, work quickly pressing a few extra marshmallows into the top of each cookie and sprinkle a little of the turbinado sugar. Repeat with remaining cookies.

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All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on SimplyScratch.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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Watch the video: Lucky Charms Ad- Rainbows 1993 (January 2022).