This fun and festive Bunny Bait snack mix is the perfect sweet and salty treat for your Easter celebrations!
You’ll be amazed and how quickly your homemade bunny bait hops away from the bowl at your Easter gathering! Nobody can resist the sweet and salty flavors or the bright and fun colors of this yummy snack mix.
If you’re familiar with Christmas Crunch, Bunny Bait is the same thing, just redecorated for a springtime holiday.
Crunchy popcorn and pretzels are tossed with pastel M&Ms and coated with white chocolate and holiday sprinkles. This easy dessert mixes up in a few minutes and is an Easter treat that everyone will love.
Need more Easter dessert ideas? Try making a super cute Easter Peeps Cake, or a Chocolate Cake with a Yellow Peeps Sunflower. If you’d rather have a peeps-free dessert, make a classic southern style Banana Pudding instead!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- No Cooking – You can potentially use the microwave to make this entire recipe! No need to turn on the oven to create a delicious Easter dessert this year.
- Fun and Festive– Pastel colors make bunny bait ideal for Easter, or any spring time event.
- Customize It – You can mix and match ingredients or change up the colors to make this snack fit your tastes.
Ingredients In Bunny Bait
Simple ingredients are mixed together to create this sweet and salty Easter snack mix!
Complete list of ingredients and amounts can be found in the recipe card below.
- Popcorn: You’ll need about 8 cups of popped popcorn. Microwave popcorn without the movie theatre butter flavor works, or you can use an air popper, or pop kernels on the stove. Any way you like to make popcorn is perfect!
- Mini Pretzels: I like the combination of the crunchy pretzels and the slightly softer popcorn in this mix.
- Candy Melts: We’ll add melted chocolate or candy melts to this mixture in two phases. The first phase is coating the popcorn with white chocolate or white vanilla candy melts. The second is where we can use different colored candy melts, drizzled on.
- Easter M&Ms: Look for these pastel pretties in the stores after Valentine’s day.
- Sprinkles: Your favorite spring colored or easter themed sprinkles will work in this recipe. They add color and make the bunny bait extra fun.
How To Make Easter Bunny Bait
- Pop Popcorn: Start by popping your popcorn using whatever method you prefer. Remove any unpopped kernels and add it to a bowl.
- Coat with White Chocolate: Add the vanilla candy melts to a medium sized microwaveable bowl. Microwave according to the package directions to melt them. Pour the white chocolate into the the bowl with the popcorn and stir to coat.
- Add the Rest: Add the Easter M&Ms and pretzels to the bowl, and stir together.
- Add Sprinkles: Spread the popcorn mixture out onto a flat surface lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with Easter sprinkles while the chocolate is still soft.
- Drizzle: Melt the other colors of candy melts in separate bowls using the same method as above. Drizle each color over the popcorn.
- Allow the popcorn to set up for 30 minutes to an hour until the candy melts have fully hardened. Break the bunny bait into smaller, bite-sized pieces before serving.
If you can’t find pastel candy melts, just use more white ones, and add extra sprinkles!
- Switch things up: The pretzels and popcorn in this recipe can be replaced with any of your favorite crunchy snacks or cereals. Try rice chex, cheerios, or even kettle cooked potato chips in the mix! Peanuts or other candy would be a tasty addition too.
- Be sure to remove the unpopped kernels! Nobody wants to bite down on one of those.
- Make it Gluten Free: Use gluten free pretzels, and skip the candy melts and use white chocolate instead.
- To set the chocolate faster: put the tray of bunny bait in the fridge or freezer. Just remember to pull it out to bag it for storage. (Learn from me, if you leave white chocolate popcorn in the fridge, uncovered, overnight, it goes stale!)
Once the bunny bait has set, transfer it into ziplock bags or an airtight container. Your Easter treat should stay fresh for up to 3 days.
What To Serve With Bunny Bait
Enjoy Bunny Bait as part of your Easter Sunday meal! We have lots of delicious Easter recipes for you to choose from, but here are some of my favorites:
Candy melts are not actually chocolate, although they do behave like chocolate in recipes like this one. They are a candy mixture and a convenient alternative to white chocolate since they don’t need to be tempered at all before using in molds. For Bunny bait, you can use either white chocolate or candy melts.
Candy melts harden quickly, so be sure to toss on your sprinkles right away! If you forget, melt a bit more chocolate, drizzle it on lightly, and then add the sprinkles. Easy!
This treat will freeze in an airtight container and stay fresh for up to three months.
Enjoy this fun Easter Bunny Bait with your favorite people this year! Be sure to Pin the recipe so you have it again for next year.
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- 8 cups popped popcorn (about ¼ cup unpopped kernels)
- 12 ounces (340g) vanilla candy melts, almond bark, or white chocolate
- ½ cup mini pretzels
- ¾ cup (4.5 oz., 127g) candy melts in 1-3 additional colors
- ⅓ cup sprinkles
- 1 cup (200g) pastel (Easter) M&Ms
- Use your favorite method to pop 8 cups of popcorn. Remove any unpopped kernels and place the popcorn in a large bowl.
- Add the vanilla candy melts into a medium sized microwavable bowl. Microwave according to the package directions. Typically you should microwave at 50% power for 30 seconds, stir, and continue to microwave at 30 second intervals until fully melted.
- Pour the melted white chocolate melts into the bowl with the popcorn and stir to coat. Add the Easter M&Ms and pretzels and stir together. Spread the coated popcorn onto a flat surface lined with parchment paper. Spread the sprinkles on top.
- Melt the other colors of candy melts in separate bowls using the same method as above. Drizzle each color over the popcorn. Allow the popcorn to sit for 30 minutes to an hour, until the candy melts have fully hardened. Break apart if needed before serving.
- To store: Once the bunny bait has set, transfer it into ziplock bags or an airtight container. Your treat should stay fresh for up to 3 days.
- To Freeze: Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months.
- This recipe can be easily doubled.
- If you can’t find colored candy melts, additional white chocolate or almond bark can be used instead.
- Add in other salty snacks, cereals, or candy pieces to create your own special version of this classic snack.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.
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