Lucky Charms · GF (8 five ounce servings)

My perfect bowl of Lucky Charms doesn’t actually bother with the cereal bits but instead consists mostly of sweet milk and marshmallows, and of course a glass of orange juice (part of any healthy breakfast). Hmmm, maybe some buttered toast, now that I think about it.

I try not to mix grams and ounces, but a half ounce of gelatin makes the panna cotta a little too stiff while a quarter ounce doesn’t gel it quite enough, so we’ll have to break out the grams to split the difference here.

balanced breakfast cereal and orange juice

Vanilla, just a little nutmeg, a hint of cinnamon and a few drops of orange flower water work together to make a flavor very much like cereal milk: sweet, vaguely fruity and with a gentle spice so faint you can’t quite put your finger on it.

Lucky Charms Panna Cotta
11 grams gelatin
3 ounces milk

20 ounces cream
14 ounces milk
1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped
10 ounces sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 3” cinnamon stick
1/2 teaspoon orange flower water

Crispy Cereal Marshmallows, to taste

Combine the milk and gelatin in a medium bowl (whisking to make sure no lumps of gelatin remain if using powdered gelatin); set aside.

In a medium pot, combine the cream, milk, vanilla bean seeds, sugar, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon stick. Bring the mixture to a simmer, whisking occasionally and cooking until the sugar has fully dissolved.

Fish out the cinnamon stick and discard or reserve for another use. Pour the hot mixture into the bowl of gelatin, whisking to combine. Cool to room temperature in an ice-bath, then stir in the orange flower water.

Ladle the mixture into eight cereal bowls, reserving about three ounces in the bottom of the mixing bowl. Refrigerate the cereal bowls, but leave the reserved mixture at room temperature.

When the refrigerated panna cotta has begun to set (after about three hours), take the reserved panna cotta and whisk vigorously to create air bubbles; if it has congealed, zap it in the microwave for just a few seconds to melt. Seriously, just one or two seconds will do. Use a spoon to carefully transfer a few bubbles onto each panna cotta; re-whisk as needed to create more bubbles.

Return to the refrigerator until ready to serve. Garnish with plenty of homemade Crispy Cereal Marshmallows or with a handful of the real thing, if you prefer.

Part of This Balanced Breakfast


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Any questions?

Jan 17, 2012 · 10:29 AM

Do you serve this at Table 310? Wow!

 · Natasha ·

Jan 17, 2012 ·  7:04 PM

@Natasha, I did! This is a photo of the exact dessert we served. Might have to put it back on the menus soon. Do you live ‘round here, by chance?


Jan 25, 2012 · 12:45 PM

I love it. And I love the way you write. I can’t wait to try this

 · Nomi · 

Jan 26, 2012 ·  1:54 PM

@Nomi, aww, thanks so much! Let me know if you make it!


Feb 13, 2012 ·  7:37 PM

What a fun idea!!!! My mom would DIE for this, her guilty pleasure is lucky charms (really, for the marshmallows and milk, lets be honest!).

 · Julia ·

Feb 13, 2012 ·  7:41 PM

@Julia, your mom sounds like my kinda lady! I had a friend make up a batch recently, and she took the trouble of making them in a bunch more colors and shapes, they looked so awesome! Here’s her photo.


May 26, 2013 · 10:56 PM

Hey Stella, Cute blog! I’m looking forward to making one of your recipes. Have you ever tried to make a Froot Loop recipe? My husband and kids love it, but I won’t buy it because it’s ingredients look like a chemical stew. (Hubby buys them when I’m not with them – sneaky boy.) Have you seen this website, btw?

 · mykidzmommy · 

May 27, 2013 ·  9:31 PM

Hi mykidzmommy! I’ve stayed away from cereal recipes by and large simply because of the labor involved, you’d have to pipe or cut out thousands of shapes just for a few bowls of cereal. But the marshmallows you can chop up all at once. My basic macaron recipe, made with orange and lime zest and a drop of lemon extract tastes remarkably like Fruit Loops though. You couldn’t eat it as a cereal, but it’s a tasty snack when you’re feeling nostalgic for Toucan Sam!


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