How to Make Your Own Lucky Charms!

How to Make Your OWN Lucky Charms!

As a kid, I always loved Lucky Charms cereal.  I thought brightly colored marshmallows were pretty much the coolest thing since the Slinky!  Plus, they were magically delicious!  I had no idea how they were made…nor did I really care at age 7.  What I did know was that Lucky Charms were bright and came in a ton of different colors and shapes.  (And don’t even get me started on when new colors and shapes came out!  I still remember the commercials advertising the “new” red balloon shape.)

Since those days, I’ve grown up a bit and my taste buds have changed.  My cereal choices don’t often include marshmallows anymore…shocking I know!  However, this past weekend, I decided to relive a bit of my childhood by making my own version of Lucky Charms cereal.  It turns out that this is really not hard to do.  Making the colored marshmallows was quite easy, and the hardest part was just cutting the tiny little shapes.  So allow yourself a little extra time (or find some helpers) to help with cutting the shapes.  But the good news is that these marshmallows store quite well…just make sure they are tightly sealed in an air-tight container.  (And if they get a bit dried out?  Then they’re even more like the real Lucky Charms!)

Make your OWN Lucky Charms!

Yes, I am fully aware that Lucky Charms have absolutely nothing to do with Ireland.  But the leprechaun mascot always makes me think Irish…so I figured St. Patrick’s Day is an appropriate time of the year to make these.  In truth, you could tailor the colors and shapes based on the time of the year.  I’m thinking orange & purple circles for Halloween, red & green marshmallows for Christmas, or even red, white, & blue stars for Independence Day…the possibilities here are endless.  So go have some fun and rediscover your inner child!

How to make your own Lucky Charms Cereal!

How to Make Your Own Lucky Charms!


  • 3/4 bag (~8 ounces) mini-marshmallows (regular sized marshmallows will not work for this recipe)
  • 1/2 bag (16 ounces) confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • food coloring (I prefer the coloring gels made by Wilton)


  1. Place marshmallows in a microwave-safe bowl along with 4 Tbsp of water.
  2. Microwave the marshmallows for 1 1/2 minutes.
  3. Stir until all marshmallows are melted. (You may need to microwave the marshmallows for another 15-20 seconds after stirring.)
  4. Once all marshmallows are melted, transfer approximately 1/4 of mixture to the bowl of a countertop mixer with the dough hook attached.
  5. Add 4 ounces of sifted confectioner's sugar and 1 Tbsp vegetable shortening.
  6. Add several drops of desired food coloring.
  7. Stir on medium-high until well combined.
  8. Turn marshmallow mixture out onto countertop and continue kneading by hand until the mixture reaches a uniform color and is no longer sticky. (You will need to use a small amount of additional confectioner's sugar to help knead the marshmallows.)
  9. Roll marshmallow "dough" out until about 1/4-1/2" thick. Cut desired shapes. (I used the end of a straw to cut circles and a knife to cut diamonds and squares.)
  10. Repeat process 3 more times with different colors.
  11. Store in air-tight container at room temperature.


Since I didn't make my own cereal, I added my Charms to a store-bought box of frosted oat cereal.

What is your favorite color and/or shape of Lucky Charms?
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  1. I LOVE this recipe!

  2. Me and my kiddo will enjoy trying this recipe together. We are going to use this Lucky Charms marshmallow dough to try and make tiny, edible marshmallow figurines, as well as a bunch of fun, stamped out shapes in the Lucky Charms mini-marshmallow style.

    • Edible figurines, eh? Now that’s a fun idea!! This is a really fun recipe to make…let me know how the figurines turn out. And thank you for commenting! :-)

  3. Can I flavor them as well, and if so how?

    • Hey Jon! So I’ve never flavored these, but I have flavored homemade marshmallows…so I think the same process would work. You can pick up candy flavorings from craft stores, some kitchenware store or Amazon ( LorAnn is the company I’ve used in the past, and it just takes a couple drops of the candy flavoring for a batch. They make a ton of flavors, and if you do order from Amazon, then check out their mixed pack (…it’s much more economical than individual flavors. I hope this helps, and have fun!


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