Lucky Charms Ice Cream

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September 6. Really? How are we already 6 days in to September? Did I SLEEP through this week? I swear that every month of my life goes by faster and faster… until… what? A month starts to feel like a day? I’m currently reading for review the new book from Gretchen Rubin (of the Happiness Project), Happier at Home. And as I was having this very thought, she actually explained that scientists have done real research that supports the fact the older you get, the faster time appears to move. And that if you live to be 80, you’ve already passed through 71% of the subjective experience of the passage of time by the time you’re 40. WHAT.

Oh my God, I’m being depressing. In a post about Lucky Charms Ice Cream. That’s seriously not even allowed. But my point is that it’s September. And I turn 30 this month. 30. I generally don’t fear getting older because a) I still look like I’m 16 and b) I’m in a great place and proud of my accomplishments up to now. But 30. Remember when you were 6 and you thought it odd that your 16-year-old babysitter wasn’t married? And you just knew you’d be having babies at age 25 (because you wanted to be a stylishly “older” mom)? My, how things change. And now 30 feels so young. Like so young as in, “How am I allowed to have a credit card and my own set of All Clad pots and pans and an actual real husband? Are you sure I’m not still playing house?” I might be.

My point really is that when you’re a kid, you’re not allowed to pick the marshmallows out of your Lucky Charms. You have to eat all those darn “healthy” (but not really… just not artificially colored marshmallows) cereal pieces. And it’s obnoxious how off the marshmallow to cereal ratio is, right? But when you’re almost 30, you can do whatever you want. And you quickly realize how annoyingly tedious it is to pick marshmallows out of a box of Lucky Charms. Getting older is seriously not all it’s cracked up to be.

And since there really aren’t enough marshmallows in a box of Lucky Charms, I mixed some additional marshmallow in the form of fluff into my Lucky Charm Ice Cream. Mostly because I have an addiction to making homemade fluff. My 6-year-old self would be seriously thrilled by this revelation.

Lucky Charms Ice Cream (makes 2 pints):
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  • 1 C Lucky Charms cereal, plus 1 C marshmallows
  • 1 C whole milk
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2 C heavy cream
  • 1/2 recipe for homemade fluff

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First, make yourself a bowl of Lucky Charms. Seriously though, combine the 1 C milk with 1 C Lucky Charms. I stirred it and popped it in the fridge for about 30 minutes to let the flavors really meld.

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Strain the milk from the cereal and you’re left with a glorious bowl of cereal milk. Which we all know is delicious and the best part of a bowl of cereal (well, maybe besides marshmallows).

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Heat that milk and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly, until the mixture just reaches the point of simmer. Then remove from heat.

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While you’re heating your milk, lightly whisk the egg yolks in a separate medium bowl.

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And pour about half of the warm milk into the egg yolks, whisking all the time. Then pour the egg/milk mixture back into the pan with the rest of the milk.

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With the heat on low, continue whisking until mixture thickens up and coats the back of your spoon. Keep stirring and keep your eye on it because you don’t want it to thicken too much and start getting clumpy. Remove from heat.

Prepare an ice bath (basically a large bowl filled with ice… And I don’t know how necessary this really is if you’re too lazy to do so or don’t have an ice machine and forgot to refill the ice cube trays the last time you enjoyed a cocktail. But I’ve always done it when making a custard-based ice cream and always recommend it. Just in case).

Pour heavy cream into a medium bowl and set the bowl in the ice bath.

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Strain the egg/milk mixture into the heavy cream, continuing to whisk.

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Cover with plastic wrap and move to fridge for about 4 hours (or overnight).

I try to make sure my plastic wrap touches the top of the milk/egg/cream, so no weird skin forms. Ack.

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You can separate out your marshmallows at this time. I popped mine in the fridge, too, to keep them nice and cool.

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While the mixture is chilling, or whenever you want, whip up that fluff. If you’ve never made fluff before, I’ll tell you now, it’s superbly easy. And worth it. Just try it. Please?

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When the mixture is chilled, mix it in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions. For me, that means pouring mixture into my chilled KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment and mixing on low for about 20 minutes.

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When the ice cream was almost done, I added about 1 1/2 C of marshmallow fluff and 1 C of Lucky Charms marshmallows.

Now you see them!

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Now you don’t.

They’re magically delicious!

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And here’s the part where I put my ice cream into the pint containers and left them on the counter for 3 hours. All the while I thought they were chilling in the freezer. Early onset Alzheimer’s? (Not funny. I also recently read Still Alice and learned lots about early onset Alzheimer’s and now I’m in constant fear of it… clearly I need to stop reading so much).

But seriously, put your ice cream in an airtight container or two and pop in the freezer for a few more hours until it’s at the consistency of your liking.

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And call your magical Leprechaun friends in for dessert. It’s like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

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The ice cream really actually does taste like cereal milk. I’m not sure if Momofuku invented the whole cereal milk idea, but I kind of want to marry it.

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The best thing is, you get a bit of marshmallow in every bite of ice cream. And even if for some strange freak reason, you didn’t, you’d still taste the marshmallow in every bite. Thanks to infusing the milk and adding in plenty of extra fluff.

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Marshmallow heaven.

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By the way, is it just me or have cereal box toys gone way downhill since we were kids? I mean a cheapo SpongeBob SquarePants water squirter? Boring. Or maybe I’m just entirely too old. Point taken.

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But I will never be too old for concocting desserts out of sugary kids cereals. Nev-ah!

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And I hope you will never be too old to enjoy them. Or to at least humor me. For the most part, that’s all I ask. But you really should make this anyway. Your inner kid will come out and you’ll completely forget how old you are. Age is just a number anyway. At least that’s what I’ll keep telling myself. Age is a number and marshmallow-EVERYTHING is delicious.

P.S. Happy 3rd wedding anniversary to my sister and Adam!! How has it been 3 years already?? But seriously, they’re my favorite couple ever and I’m thrilled for them. Also, you should have seen my big sister’s face when she suddenly realized I was going to turn 30 this year. She knew, but she hadn’t processed it yet and it might have scared her more than it scares me.

Do you feel older or younger than your actual age (or your perception of how you should feel)? And furthermore, do you still pick the marshmallows out of your Lucky Charms?

[Sues]

28 Comments

  • Susan said:

    You can buy just the marshmallows online. I haven’t done it yet because I fear that I would consume them all, and because I feel like it takes some of the fun out of hunting for them in the cereal.

    Just search for “cereal marshmallows. I think they are even available through Amazon.

    September 6, 2012 7:58 am
  • Beth said:

    Maybe I do need some of this ice-cream to make me feel young again because I really can’t believe you’re turning 30! How can I possibly be old enough to have a little sister who is that old? Impossible! Thanks for the well wishes… your ice-cream, as usual, looks amazing!

    September 6, 2012 8:40 am
  • Meghan said:

    I definitely feel younger than I am! We were never allowed sugar cereals growing up, just Cheerios or plain rice/wheat puffs, so I need to catch up. :) This ice cream is so fun.

    September 6, 2012 8:48 am
  • Shannon said:

    haha, i always picked out the marshmallows first :)

    September 6, 2012 10:00 am
  • Joanne said:

    I could kiss you for this. ANd it’s definitely proof that no matter how old we get, we’ll always be kids at heart!

    September 6, 2012 10:12 am
  • Odetta said:

    Holy moly you are genius. The more marshmallow the merrier!!!!

    September 6, 2012 11:09 am
  • As someone who used to pick out the charms, this is the best of all possible worlds! I turn 31 tomorrow and can’t decide how old I feel. Definitely older than 28… but a real adult? not so sure…. :)

    September 6, 2012 11:57 am
  • Victoria said:

    Awesome!! I actually have had cereal milk ice cream at momofuku (I think it was a simple cornflake flavor on that particular day) and thought it was really cool. I LOVE the Lucky Charms idea, especially with the added fluff and marshmallows at the end. And don’t worry about getting older, I’m in the same boat as you and I forget things like it’s nobody’s business, haha.

    September 6, 2012 12:47 pm
  • i would like a pint of this to be sent to me, please and thank you!

    September 6, 2012 12:59 pm
  • OliePants said:

    I probably feel older than I am – I don’t know why. I have always felt like that. I actually hated Lucky Charms when I was younger, but I had it last year and mentally yelled at my younger self. This is a great ice cream combo!!

    September 6, 2012 1:06 pm
  • Ashley said:

    When I have to give my age, I usually have this moment of “I know I’m past 21, but how many years older than 21 am I? I can’t remember…” Then I’ll blurt out a number and hope that I’m right! It certainly feels like I’m a young kid playing at being a grownup. At least until I’m paying bills. Ugh.

    September 6, 2012 2:03 pm
  • Oh my gosh YUM!

    September 6, 2012 3:31 pm
  • Okay, my daughter would go nuts if I made this for her!

    September 6, 2012 4:59 pm
  • Gia Grossman said:

    I read the Alice book too. Loved it but have been freaking out ever since.

    I’m in love with this ice cream. Legitimately swoon-y in love.

    September 6, 2012 6:02 pm
  • i definitely feel younger than i am too. i’ve been married for 3 1/2 years and it STILL feels like we’re playing house. haha

    September 6, 2012 6:22 pm
  • Pam said:

    My kids would LOVE this! Actually, so would I!

    September 6, 2012 10:03 pm
  • Elizabeth said:

    Hahaha, amen to the still looking like 16. I was out with classmates the other night and a guy came up to us and asked if we were from Stern and we said yes. He then turned to me and asked if I was an undergrad :/

    September 6, 2012 10:08 pm
  • This post has me craving Lucky Charms! I used to love that cereal as a kid.

    September 7, 2012 2:01 pm
  • That’s hilarious, I just said almost the same thing to my husband the other day “I don’t feel old enough to be married, sometimes it just feels like we’re playing pretend…” It’s weird sometimes to think about being a grown up.

    This ice cream is the perfect way to channel your inner child, yum!

    September 7, 2012 3:58 pm
  • I want lucky charms now! haha. This looks amazing!

    September 7, 2012 4:21 pm
  • Julia said:

    This is a great unusual idea for an icecream! I recently discovered I have an icecream machine, so I am trying all sorts of recipes.

    September 8, 2012 1:14 am
  • Susan said:

    There is something about that ice cream that puts a smile on your face! Sort of like confetti cake :) I think it’s such a cute idea and perfect for a birthday party or any day!

    September 8, 2012 3:54 pm
  • Mary said:

    I concentrating on this glorious and fun ice cream. Old people don’t talk about age or the speed with which time flies :-) . Your photos are gorgeous and your ice cream demands to be tried. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

    September 8, 2012 9:44 pm
  • Julie Q said:

    I don’t know what is better.. the taste of the actual ice cream- or every single picture in this post?? For real, I scrolled up and down.. TWICE

    September 9, 2012 2:46 pm
  • What a fun way to use cereal!

    September 10, 2012 1:41 pm
  • Janel said:

    OMG I read Still Alice and it haunts me! The entire time I read that book I was convinced I had early onset alzheimers, and now after reading your post, I’m reminded of that book and will probably think I have alzheimers for the next 4 weeks. Amazing book, though.

    September 14, 2012 4:13 pm
  • Lourdes said:

    Hi! My boys can’t wait for me to try this recipe. I’ve used marshmallow fluff in homemade ice cream before and the texture was tough when frozen. Did you have this issue? I did use store bought fluff, though.

    September 15, 2012 12:11 pm
  • Sues said:

    @Lourdes- I had no problem with the fluff getting tough when frozen- it blended in really well. It definitely might have something to do with store-bought vs. homemade. Also, I blended mine well with the ice cream machine, so that might have helped, too. Let me know how your ice cream comes out! ! :)

    September 15, 2012 1:34 pm

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