[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Cereal treats are a great love of mine. And if you're looking for a fun and and easy snack for St. Patrick's Day festivities that doesn't involve excess doses of green food coloring, might I suggest Lucky Charms marshmallow squares?

I know, I know. Lucky Charms are not Irish. Not in the slightest. My ancestors from the Emerald Isle are likely spinning in their graves right now. And my own grandmother, may she rest in peace, would probably have my hide for not suggesting you make some sort of soda bread.

But come on, we're talking about Lucky Charms! They are magically delicious. General Mills introduced the cereal 50 years ago, so that certainly makes it a classic. And what could be more American than the freedom to eat marshmallow squares made of marshmallow laden cereal?

About the author: Alexandra Penfold is mild-mannered literary agent by day, food ninja by night. Never one to skip dessert she's the Brownie half of Blondie & Brownie, a Midtown Lunch contributor, and co-author of New York à la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks. You can follow her on Twitter at @BlondieBrownie.

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