Leprechaun Bait: An easy, no-bake treat perfect for making with kids for St. Patrick’s Day. This snack mix is packed with fun and flavor, and makes for a seriously addictive snack. And it is so fun for the holiday because it has Lucky Charms, Chex cereal, pretzel sticks, candies, sprinkled, and it is all coated in white chocolate! Yum!
Whether you want a fun snack to enjoy with your children, a teacher gift, a class party activity, a party food idea, or are just feeling festive, this Leprechaun Bait is a fun one to make, and everyone will enjoy munching on it.
The flavors are tasty, it is so cute, and it makes the perfect snack mix for whatever way you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
What You Need to Make Leprechaun Bait
This recipe is super easy, and can be customized to your preference. This particular recipe makes a big batch because everyone loves munching this down, and I love having plenty for everyone.
- Rice Chex: You can substitute another Chex cereal if you want, but the rice one is my fave for this snack mix.
- Pretzels: Sticks, broken up pretzels, minis, you pick. I like sticks, or mini pretzels when I can find them.
- Lucky Charms: It doesn’t get more St. Patrick’s Day then Lucky Charms.
- Marshmallows: I love mini marshmallows because they are soft and chewy and add fun to the mix, but you can also use Lucky Charm Marshmallows for more color and fun.
- M&M’s: Or any chocolate coated candy. Go ahead and use whatever kind works best for you, the green (mint) ones are fun, but I like the regular ones best.
- Sprinkles: Just be sure not to get hard ones, as you don’t want to crack someone’s tooth on a sprinkle in the snack mix.
- White Chocolate: The glue that holds it all together is the white chocolate coating. Opt for a high quality white chocolate chip. We used Ghirardelli.
- Microwave Safe Bowl
- Baking Sheet
- Large Mixing Bowl
How to Make Leprechaun Bait Snack Mix
Making this easy St. Patrick’s Day snack requires only 3 simple steps:
- Combine Ingredients. You want a great big bowl, and you want to put all of the ingredients in it and toss it together.
- Melt white chocolate. This is really easy, and can be done in increments in the microwave. I use 20-30 second increments, stirring between each one. So, simply microwave the chocolate until melted and then immediately coat your snack mix with it. You want to work fast so it coats evenly.
- Let Set. You want the chocolate to set back up, so spread your mix out on a parchment lined baking sheet, and let it stand at room temp, or put it in the fridge until the chocolate is hardened and set back up. Then break it apart and enjoy snacking.
This recipe is so perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day party, I love pairing it with other great St. Patrick’s Day recipes like:
Tips and Tricks
Making this recipe is Eazy Peazy, but there are a few things you can do to get better results:
- Select ingredients carefully. I used to make this with Lucky Charms marshmallows instead of mini marshmallows, but I found I liked the softness and contrast in texture using both. Pick snacks you like, so when you mix them together you will still like them.
- Size matters. Try to keep ingredients roughly the same size, as too large of pieces of pretzel etc, can overpower the flavor, and that is all you will taste. Look for mini, or chop/break them up, or use the sticks.
- Use high-quality white chocolate. The better the ingredients, the better the results. A high quality chocolate will melt better, spread better, and taste better. I suggest Ghirardelli or Guittard.
- Melt it right. You do not want to burn or seize up your chocolate. So here is what you are going to do, microwave it for 30 seconds. Stir for 20. Microwave for 30, stir for 20. And do this until it is totally melted. While stirring it will continue to warm, and melt. So you may find it is melted when it didn’t seem like it was. I usually don’t need more than 3 session in the microwave.
- Work quickly. White chocolate hardens quickly, so mix it with the leprechaun bait immediately after it is fully melted. And stir.
- Be gentle. When mixing everything together you do not want to crush your Chex, so stir gently so everything mixes, but stays in tact.
Make Ahead and Storage
This recipe is easy to make ahead, and stores really nicely.
Simply follow the instructions and make as directed.
Then after breaking it up, place in zip top bags, squeezing out all the excess air.
And store on the counter for up to a week!
Other Great Recipes:
- Four Ingredient Cake Mix Cookies
- Cookie Butter Muddy Buddies
- Caramel Moose Munch Fancy Popcorn
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- Creme De Menthe Mini Cheesecake
- 7 cups Rice Chex cereal
- 1 cup Lucky Charms
- 1 cup Pretzels Sticks or minis
- 1 cup Mini Marshmallows or more Lucky Charms Marshmallows
- 1/2 cup M&M’s
- 1/4 cup Sprinkles optional
- 11 ounces White Chocolate Chips
- In a large bowl combine everything but the white chocolate chips, reserving a few M&M’s and Lucky Charm Marshmallows to put on top for color.
- In a microwave safe glass bowl, melt the white chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds on 50% power. Stir 20 seconds, and repeat until the chips are completely melted.
- Immediately pour white chocolate over snack mix, and gently stir to combine.
- Once everything is coated, add reserved treats, and pour whole mixture onto a parchment lined baking tray.
- Let sit at room temp or in the fridge to allow chocolate to set back up and harden.
- Break apart and serve.
Be gentle when stirring so as not to break the Chex cereal
Work quickly, pouring chocolate over as soon as melted, and stir fast.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
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