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What’s Really in the New Lucky Charms Shake from BK

Magically delicious? More like magically debilitating.

Restaurant Guide

What’s Really in the New Lucky Charms Shake from BK

Magically delicious? More like magically debilitating.

Burger King recently debuted its Lucky Charms Shake — a scarily sweet new dessert that blends vanilla-flavored soft serve, marshmallow cereal flavored syrup, and Lucky Charms cereal bits with a whipped cream topping.

What It’s Made Of:

While BK doesn’t list the exact ingredients online, we know that their vanilla soft serve base is made up three different types of sugar — sugar, corn syrup, and high fructose corn syrup — as well as artificial additives like propylene glycol monoesters (a sweet-tasting emulsifier), artificial vanilla flavor, mono & diglycerides (which can contain artery-clogging trans fats), and disodium phosphate (high phosphate consumptions has been linked to high blood pressure and heart disease).

Besides oats, Lucky Charms cereal is also a smattering of sugar and corn syrup, a bunch of different corn products, and artificial colors and flavors. It’s not magically delicious — it’s scientifically engineered to be delicious!

Although the nostalgic General Mills cereal likely sparks memories of the effort it took your tiny fingers to differentiate between the marshmallows and crunchy oats, this ‘mallow-only milkshake definitely shouldn't make its way into your hands. Check out the nutrition stats below.

Let’s Break Down The Nutrition Facts:

Burger King’s Luck Charms Shake
740 calories, 17 g fat (11 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 580 mg sodium, 129 g carbs (n/a g fiber, 107 g sugar), 17 g protein

Besides being loaded with four times the amount of sugar the American Heart Association recommends, this nightmarish 740 calorie concoction boasts the equivalent nutritional details of some diet-derailing frankenfoods:

Saturated Fat Equivalent Of: 1 McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger
Sodium Equivalent Of: 2.5 100-Calorie Bags of Snyder’s of Hanover Mini Pretzels
Carb Equivalent Of: 2 Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizzas
Sugar Equivalent Of: 1 Liter Bottle Coca-Cola (or ½ Box of Lucky Charms Cereal)

How Does It Taste?

Not only is this shake an absolute diet disaster, you would hope that at least it would taste good. And according to Randy Anders, the national account executive for General Mills Convenience & Foodservice, “this flavor was very popular in consumer testing.”

While some people are singing praises of the cereal shake…

Not everyone is finding it to be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow:

If you’re really craving the sugary rainbows, shooting stars, clovers, and horseshoes, you’re better off skipping this shake and pouring yourself a bowl of Lucky Charms, which will only set you back 145 calories, 30 grams of carbs, and 13 grams of sugar. Speaking of cereal, find out how this leprechaun favorite ranks in our report on The 28 Worst Breakfast Cereals—Ranked!.

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