I tore into a brand new box of Lucky Charms and ate them out of the box. I’m not going to apologize for this behavior, but neither am I proud of it. Those charms are not just lucky, but they are also magical. I think they could be called “Magical Charms.” I’d still buy them, but instead of a leprechaun as the mascot and spokesman, you’d have to have a midget-wizard, or maybe an elf.
I find them magical because of the aftertaste that lingers on my tongue and in my throat. I enjoy the aftertaste more so than the actual taste. There is something about the chemicals they use to create the marshmallows that coats my throat, and prolongs the flavor and the release of sugar. I find it intoxicating and delightful.
They coat the cereal things with some bland frosting, but I don’t even notice those. They are just in the way, but I wouldn’t want to eat just a box of marshmallows—that wouldn’t be right. In truth, there is a fine interplay between the two ingredients, cereal and chemically-created marshmallow, that makes it work. I wouldn’t change a thing. I don’t even mind that they keep creating new shapes to include, but at some point in the future they are going to run out of cute things and someone in their design department, feeling desperate and having a very bad day, will suggest that they make a poop-shaped charm. I believe that that idea should be rejected. I don’t think Lucky the Leprechaun can add “brown dookie” to his brag list of charms inside the box and sell cereal.
When I was but a mere child, I was careful to separate the marshmallows in my bowl of Lucky Charms, and save them for last. They would begin to melt in the milk, and a sugary scum formed across the top, but oh how proud I was of myself to have upwards of two dozen marshmallow charms remaining in my bowl, clinging to each other because of what I would later learn was surface tension in the milk. I thought they were friends, having fun in a white, sweet pool, or survivors of a boating accident, desperate to live, thinking they’ve been rescued by the great big spoon from the sky, only to realize they were being devoured by their God.
Now I just eat them out of the box.