A snack lover’s dream, Bunny Bait Trail Mix is a blend of popcorn, pretzels, 2 kinds of chocolate and…sprinkles. Everything is better with sprinkles!
Anyone ready for Spring? Are you tired of the cold weather? And all the snow?
It’s been a long, wacky winter here in the Colorado high country.
We’ve had an abundance of snowfall, cold temps, cloudy days and avalanches. Heck, we even got hit with a weather bomb cyclone. Good times, people, good times.
I am ready for Spring! I want warmer temperatures. And sunshine. Bring it on!
I’m sharing tips to help you get the best results with this recipe. If you don’t need the tips, scroll to the bottom for the full recipe, including a printable recipe card.
I can’t change the weather but I can make my own sunshine by whipping up a batch of Bunny Bait Trail Mix. Take that Winter!
Snack mixes are popular in the ARM household. I would even go so far as to say we are snack mix addicts.
We love them so much that I have to prepare double and triple batches if I expect them to last more than a day. For reals.
This Bunny Bait recipe is a favorite Spring and Easter snack. The pretty colors of the pastel m&ms and sprinkles are so cheery. What a tasty way to brighten your day.
Serve it up in a big bowl or package in decorative cello bags for treats. And don’t forget to leave a bowl for the Easter bunny. If you’re on the hunt for non-candy Easter Basket ideas for your teens and tweens, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite basket ideas.
Ingredients Needed to Make Easter Snack Mix
- A lightly salted popcorn works well because the salt is a nice complement to the sweet chocolate. Use homemade popcorn or buy microwave popcorn at the store – I like Pop Secret Homestyle for this recipe.
- Smaller, bite-size pretzels work well but use whatever you have on hand. If you are using larger pretzel sticks, break them into smaller pieces for best results.
- The recipe calls for pastel M&M’s. I’ve swapped them out for Cadbury Mini Eggs a few times. Um, yeah, it’s naughty, but oh soo good. Give it a try!
- You can find candy coating in the baking section of your grocery store. Colored candy melts can also be used.
- And……sprinkles! I like the variety of this sprinkle assortment – 6 candies & colored sugars in one convenient package.
Tips for Making The Bunny Bait Recipe
Scroll down for the full directions and a printable recipe card.
- Pre-measure all the ingredients before you start preparing the snack mix.
- If using microwave popcorn prepare it according to package directions. Allow the popped popcorn to cool slightly before removing any duds (aka uncooked kernels).
- Melt the candy coating in the microwave. Once the coating has melted, be prepared to work quickly.
- Pour melted chocolate over the popcorn mixture and stir gently.
- Add the sprinkles before the chocolate hardens. And that happens faaaast.
- Get your kids involved – Bunny Bait is a fun recipe for kids to help prepare.
- Change out the pastel m&ms candies and sprinkles to make this mix for other holidays. Use red, white & blue for patriotic holidays or the traditional red & green for Christmas. Or use what you have on hand for a special treat any day.
- Use colored candy melts to add additional colors to the mixture.
- Package the Easter snacks in decorative cello bags for cute take home treats for your guests.
Tools Needed To Make This Recipe
- A LARGE bowl to mix all the ingredients.
- A microwave safe mixing bowl to melt the candy coating.
- A large spoon or spatula for mixing ingredients.
- Lining your baking sheet pan with parchment paper makes cleanup a breeze.
- Airtight container to store the mix.
Go make you make yourself a bowl of Bunny Bait – you know you want to!
More Snack Ideas You May Like:
Bunny Bait Trail Mix
- Line a baking sheet pan with parchment paper & set aside for later use.
- Cook the microwave popcorn according to package directions. Allow to cool slightly, then carefully remove & throw away any unpopped kernels.
- Using a large bowl, combine the popped corn, pretzels and M&Ms.
- Place 4 Vanilla flavored candy coating bars in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave the bars for 30 second intervals, stirring after each 30 second interval, until melted.
- Pour the melted candy coating over the popcorn mixture and stir gently until evenly coated.
- Quickly transfer the candy mixture to the prepared sheet pan and add the colored sprinkles before the chocolate hardens.
- Allow the snack mix to set up for 20 minutes.
- Break into smaller pieces and store in a tightly sealed container on the counter.
- The mix will keep for about 5 days.
- Change the candies and colors to make this festive mix for other holidays.
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