Looking for a fun and festive snack for St. Patrick’s Day? This snack mix is sweet and salty, full of crunch, flavor and color! Perfect for leprechaun bait!
I am a HUGE fan of sweet and salty. In my opinion, it is the best combination. So I’m a sucker for most snack mixes.
I recently learned that you can buy big bags of Lucky Charms type marshmallows on Amazon and I knew that I needed to create a snack mix around them for St.Patty’s day.
I also knew that my youngest son would ask to eat a whole bowl like cereal, which he did… and I let him… he got 3 bites in and realized it wasn’t the best idea.
Anyway, this “leprechaun bait” is perfect for St. Patty’s parties, for leaving in a leprechaun trap, or any other festivities you have!
A few notes about making this St. Patrick’s Day snack mix.
First- I used M&M’s for this even though Skittles are known as the rainbow candy. I thought that chocolate would go much better in the mix than fruit flavors. I did, however, pick out all the brown M&M’s because… well… brown is not in the rainbow, and it gave me an excuse to snack on chocolate while cooking. You can take them out or leave them in, whatever you’d like.
Second- If you don’t serve this immediately it will settle and the M&M’s and marshmallows will migrate to the bottom of the bowl. To remedy this you can sprinkle the marshmallows and M&M’s on your popcorn while the candy melts are still sticky and you’ll get little clumps of candy and popcorn. Or you can give it a good stir right before serving.
Third- I used microwave popcorn for this. I’m not going to lie, we are big microwave popcorn fans in our house. If you prefer traditionally popped popcorn you’ll need 10-13 cups fully popped, season it as you would like. Melted butter may affect the candy melt’s ability to stick to the popcorn so it may not coat evenly (it should still taste good though!)
Here’s what you’ll need for this St. Patrick’s Day Snack Mix-
1- 3oz. Bag Microwave Popcorn – Popped (approx 10-13 cups)
1/2 Cup M&M’s
2- Cups Pretzels
1- Cup Green Candy Melts
The first thing you want to do is “spray paint” your pretzels. Lay them out in an even layer on wax paper, aluminum foil or a cutting board… anything to prevent spraying your kitchen counter gold.
Shake the gold food coloring spray and spray the pretzels with an even coating. Let them dry completely, flip them over and spray the other side. Allow to dry completely.
In a double boiler (or a heat safe bowl over a pot of water) over low/medium heat, your candy melts.
While they are melting place your popped popcorn in a large bowl- you want it to be big enough to be able to stir the popcorn without it falling out. You also need to prepare a surface for spreading the popcorn out. I like to use a cookie sheet but you can also use wax paper or foil.
When your melts are completely melted and smooth spoon them a little at a time into your popcorn, stirring between each addition, until the popcorn is evenly coated.
When it is coated thoroughly spread it out on the prepared surface to cool.
Once your popcorn is cooled and your pretzels are dry it is time to assemble your snack mix In a large bowl stir together your popcorn, pretzels, cereal marshmallows and M&M’s.
It is ready to serve immediately, or can be kept in an airtight container until you are ready to eat it!
Enjoy celebrating the luck o’ the Irish!
- 1- 3 oz. Bag Microwave Popcorn - Popped (10-13 cups)
- 2- Cups Pretzels
- 1/2- Cup M&M's
- 1- Cup Dehydrated Cereal Marshmallows
- 1- Cup Green Candy Melts
- Gold Food Coloring Spray
1. Lay pretzels flat on wax paper, foil or other surface. Spray with gold food coloring spray until coated. Allow to dry, turn over and spray the other side.
2. In the bowl of a double boiler melt the candy melts over low/medium heat.
3. In a large bowl pour your candy melts over your popcorn and stir until the popcorn is evenly coated. Spread evenly across a cookie sheet or other flat surface and allow to cool.
4. Once the popcorn is cooled combine it with the pretzels, M&M's and marshmallows, mix throughly.
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