Lucky Charm Marshmallows for Marsh Madness


My pink hearts, green clovers and yellow stars are magically delicious homemade marshmallows. These puffy, light as air marshmallows are sprinkled with a sweet lemon coating and of course a little magic dust. 

Marshmallow Madness, written by Shauna Sever, is the cutest little puffy cookbook all about making homemade marshmallows. It was sitting on my coffee table and every time I walked by it made me smile. The cover really is puffy! Details on how you can win one of two copies of Marshmallow Madness are at the bottom of this post.

In addition to the fun, colorful cover, the book is well designed and filled with delicious, creative marshmallow recipes. There is also a great introduction with tons of information on ingredients, tools, tips and techniques for making perfect marshmallows at home. The tip about adjusting the cooking temperature for high altitudes was particularly important for me.

In the intro, Shauna talked about how much better homemade marshmallows are than store bought. It got me thinking about the worst marshmallows I’ve ever had which lead me to Lucky Charms. My kids love Lucky Charms, but I hate biting in to the hard, stick-to-your teeth marshmallows.

So I decided to create my own Lucky Charm marshmallows. I doubled the Classic Vanilla Marshmallow recipe, reducing the whipping time by one minute. Then working quickly, divided the batter in to three bowls, stirred in gel food coloring and then poured the batter on to a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.

To make my Lucky Charms magically delicious, I sprinkled them with magic dust (edible glitter). I also added lemon juice powder to the Classic Coating to give them a sun-kissed, sweet, tart flavor.

I used cookie cutters coated in the Classic Coating to cut the marshmallows in to the classic Lucky Charm shapes. The scraps I diced up and put in a bowl on the kitchen counter. Some how the bits in the bowl magically disappeared before the bigger marshmallows did.

Quirk Books teamed up with  Serious Eats to host Marsh Madness. A fun March Madness type competition where bloggers from all over the country create fun new marshmallows using the Marshmallow Madness Classic Vanilla Marshmallow recipe. At the end of the tournmant Shauna gets to pick the winner. Not an easy job I’m sure.

West Coast Bracket
2/20: Serious Eats
2/21: Kitchen Konfidence
2/22: Love Veggies & Yoga
2/23: TeenieCakes
2/24: Kitchen Parade

Southwest Bracket
2/28: BakedBree
2/29: Homemade Quirk
3/1: Barbara Bakes
3/2: Foodie Bride

East Coast Bracket
3/5: Special Podcast Recap
3/6: Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice
3/7: Small Kitchen College
3/8: Culinary Cory
3/9: The Queen’s Notebook

Southeast Bracket
3/13: Ice Cream Before Dinner
3/14: The Kitchenarian
3/15: Nibble Me This
3/16: Love & Olive Oil

I hope you’ll checkout all of the participant’s creative and delicious marshmallow posts. This was my first time making marshmallows and I was surprised how easy they were to make using the great tips in Marshmallow Madness. Shauna blogs at Piece of Cake.


Quirk Books is giving away to two lucky Barbara Bakes readers a copy of the new Marshmallow Madness cookbook.

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  1. says

    I’ve never made marshmallows and it looks like a fun project that my grandkids would enjoy. These treats will be perfect for Easter. Lucky Charms were always my kids favorite cereal. They loved those marshmallows.

  2. says

    This book seems interesting. I would love to test some of the recipes and make them for my students—who are hungry high school kids!

  3. says

    Marsh Madness is much better than March Madness to me! I could eat these over watch basketball anytime.

  4. says

    OMG there’s a whole book dedicated to marshmallows? WOW that’s fantastic! I agree I’ve had some pretty bad and tough, chewy marshmallows but i’ve never thought of making my own. But i really should :)

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of the book!

  5. Charlette says

    These Lucky Charm marshmallows are wonderful. I love marshmallows! I have them in my goodie cabinet all the time. But I am hoping I win Marshmallow Madness so I can give to my wonderful sister who makes me homemade marshmallows covered in dark chocolate all the time.

  6. says

    Such a cute idea for St. Patrick’s Day! I have only tried home made marshmallows once before and they are delicious!

  7. Carol says

    I pinned your Biscoff White Chocolate Chip Bread and the Farmer’s Market Tomato and Zucchini Quiche.

  8. Carol says

    Those are way too cute-almost too cute to eat……almost.

    Would you believe I’ve never tried making marshmallows? My friend Cyndy keeps telling me I need to give it a go. One of these days I’ll get brave…

    Thanks Barbara!

  9. says

    You are so creative!!! I just love your lucky charm shapes and what neat touch to add the lemon powder. I didn’t know a cookbook existed all about marshmallows. I’d love to own a copy especially since I’ve never made my own marshmallows before and would love to try it. Thank you for such a neat post!

  10. says

    I have made marshmallows a few times and my favorite one to do is chocolate covered marshmallow eggs. I would love to have a book like this one. Thanks.

  11. says

    I’ve never made marshmallows before but I really want to…you make it look so easy and fun! I need to get this cookbook so I can make all kinds!

  12. Erin says

    Oh, those are gorgeous! I’ve made marshmallows at home a few times and they really are easy and worlds better than grocery store ones. So clever to redo the Lucky Charms.