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 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!
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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.
Nutritional information is provided as a reference, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently for accuracy.