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Bunny Bait is a quick and easy, sweet and salty snack that is perfect for an Easter celebration or springtime treat.
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  1. Bunny Bait - Easter Chex Mix
  2. Why We Love This Bunny Bait Recipe
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Bunny Bait Easter Chex Mix
  7. Tips
  8. Storage Tips
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Other Easy Easter Recipes
  11. Bunny Bait Recipe

Bunny Bait is a spring-themed sweet Chex mix of pastel-colored candy, sprinkles, cereal, pretzels, and peanuts, all coated in melted white chocolate. This no-bake snack mix recipe is so quick and easy to make and the perfect sweet and salty treat for the Easter Bunny.

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Bunny Bait – Easter Chex Mix

This no-bake Bunny Bait recipe is a delicious munchable, crunchable sweet and savory Chex Mix snack, simply made in 15 minutes with Chex cereal and Cheerios, pretzels, peanuts, M&Ms, and butterscotch chips and then tossed in melted white chocolate.

Bunny Bait has the same crunchy texture and addictive nature as my Puppy Chow and my Hot Chocolate Muddy Buddies, and is often called Easter Crack; it’s dangerously delicious and so hard to resist the next handful!

Package your Bunny Bait in individual portions for Easter baskets, give it as homemade gifts, serve it at holiday parties, or munch it on movie night, this simple snack recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to satisfy any sized crowd!

For more holiday chex mix ideas, try my Reindeer Chow Chex Mix or my Halloween Puppy Chow Chex Mix.

Why We Love This Bunny Bait Recipe

  • Quick and easy to make, especially because it’s no-bake.
  • Only uses a handful of simple ingredients.
  • A fun recipe for kids to help prepare and leave a bowl for the Easter Bunny.
  • Delicious sweet and salty sack or addictive dessert.
  • Double or triple the recipe to feed your crowd.
  • Pretty pastel colors are perfect for Easter celebrations or spring parties.
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Ingredients

  • Rice Chex cereal: Feel free to switch this out for corn or wheat Chex cereal.
  • Honey nut cheerios
  • Pretzels sticks: Mini twists or square pretzels will also work in this recipe.
  • Salted peanuts: If you don’t have salted peanuts, unsalted or roasted peanuts work as well. Or you can use walnut pieces, almonds, or pecans. 
  • Vanilla almond bark: White chocolate chips or white baking chocolate are options for this as well. 
  • Easter M&Ms: This recipe is easily adaptable for other holidays. Just switch out the color of the M&Ms.
  • Butterscotch chips

Substitutions and Additions

  • More Mix-Ins: Feel free to add Easter sprinkles, colorful marshmallows, popcorn, white chocolate chips, coconut flakes, or Cadbury eggs to your mixture. Make sure that anything that can melt is mixed in after the almond bark. 
  • Change The Cheerios: Instead of the Honey nut cheerios, you can substitute another cereal with similar size, shape, and taste, like Cap’n Crunch, Kix, Lucky Charms, and Rice Krispies.
  • Choose Other Candy: Use your favorite candy, like Reese’s pieces, candy eggs, jelly beans, gummy bears, or any colorful combination.
  • Custom Colors: Have fun customizing the colors for any holiday or celebration. For Valentine’s Day, use red, white, and pink M&Ms and pink or white candy melts; at Halloween use Reese’s pieces in place of the M&Ms; add red and green M&Ms to make a batch for Christmas; make a patriotic snack with M&Ms 4th of July-themed candies to celebrate!
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  • Large sheet pan
  • Large bowl
  • Large microwave safe dish
  • Mixing tools
  • Measuring tools
  • Parchment paper

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How to Make Bunny Bait Easter Chex Mix

This no-bake Bunny Bait Easter snack mix is sweet and salty and filled with all your favorite things: pretzels, cereal, peanuts, M&M’s, and of course you can add more, then tossed in white chocolate! This quick and simple springtime treat is perfect for munching by the handful, pretty for party favors, and great for goodie bags.

  1. In a bowl, combine cereal, pretzel sticks, and peanuts.
  2. Melt the vanilla almond bark in the microwave in increments of 15 seconds, stirring after each interval, until melted completely.
  3. Pour the melted almond bark over the cereal mixture and toss together until thoroughly combined. 
  4. Gently fold in the easter M&Ms and butterscotch chips.
  5. Transfer Bunny Bait to the prepared sheet pan and spread it out.
  6. Allow Bunny Bait to set for about 45 minutes.
  7. Once the almond bark has hardened, break into pieces and transfer to a serving dish.
  8. Enjoy! 
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Tips

  • If you break the Bunny Bait into fairly small pieces, it’s easier for little hands to hold and for small mouths to chew.
  • Instead of parchment paper, you can use wax paper, aluminum foil, or just spray the sheet pan really well with cooking spray.
  • Once the chocolate coating has melted, be prepared to work quickly.
  • This is a great, versatile recipe that you can easily swap out different kinds of M&Ms and sprinkles to fit any holiday or party theme.

Storage Tips

  • To Store: Store this snack mix, covered in an airtight container, on the countertop for up to a week (after that it starts to go stale).
  • To Freeze: You can freeze your Bunny Bait in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months, then thaw on the counter when you are ready to serve.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Bunny Bait?

Bunny Bait goes by many names, like muddy buddies, puppy chow, bunny crack, Easter mix, and Chex Mix more.
Bunny bait is a popular Easter snack mix made up of chocolate candies, different cereals, pretzels, nuts, and additional mix-ins, then tossed in white chocolate. It’s similar to a trail mix but specifically fit for the Easter holiday or the spring season.

Can I change this recipe to make it for other holidays?

This is the perfect recipe to make for any holiday or celebration. Simply, change out the Easter M&Ms and use different candy and colors.
Use red, white & blue colors for patriotic holidays, traditional red and green for Christmas, red and white candy for Valentine’s Day, etc. Or use what you have in your kitchen to create a special treat any day.

Can I make this recipe in advance?

Yes, since this snack mix lasts for a up to 1 week, it’s a great recipe to make in advance.

Do I have to use almond bark for this recipe?

The almond bark in this recipe will harden really well, meaning that it breaks apart perfectly for the best pieces of Bunny Bait. And make sure that you do break it into small-sized pieces to make it easier on all the people grabbing handfuls. 
However, you can use white chocolate chips or white baking chocolate if you do not have almond bark.

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5 from 46 votes
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Bunny Bait

Serves — 12
Bunny Bait is a quick and easy, sweet and salty snack that is perfect for an Easter celebration or springtime treat.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cool Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr

Ingredients
  

  • cups Rice Chex cereal
  • cups honey nut cheerios
  • cups pretzels sticks
  • ½ cup salted peanuts
  • 16 ounces vanilla almond bark chopped (2 cups or 8 squares)
  • 10 ounce bag easter M&Ms
  • ½ cup butterscotch chips

Instructions
 

  • Prepare a sheet pan by lining it with parchment paper. Set it aside.
  • Mix together the rice Chex cereal, honey nut cheerios, pretzel sticks, and salted peanuts in a large bowl.
  • Melt the vanilla almond bark in the microwave using a large microwave safe dish. Microwave it in increments of 15 seconds, stirring after each interval, until it has melted completely
  • Pour the melted almond bark into the bowl with the cereal mixture and then toss together until thoroughly combined.
  • Gently fold in the easter M&Ms and butterscotch chips.
  • Transfer to the prepared sheet pan.
  • Spread everything out onto the sheet pan evenly and let it set for about 45 minutes.
  • Once the almond bark has set and hardened, break into pieces before transferring to a serving dish.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: Store this snack mix, covered in an airtight container, on the countertop for up to a week (after that it starts to go stale).
  • To Freeze: You can freeze your Bunny Bait in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months, then thaw on the counter when you are ready to serve.
Tips:
  • If you break the Bunny Bait into fairly small pieces, it’s easier for little hands to hold and for small mouths to chew.
  • Instead of parchment paper, you can use wax paper, aluminum foil, or just spray the sheet pan really well with cooking spray.
  • Once the chocolate coating has melted, be prepared to work quickly.
  • This is a great, versatile recipe that you can easily swap out different kinds of M&Ms and sprinkles to fit any holiday or party theme.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 488kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 314mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 408IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 6mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. Is this all gluten free minus the pretzels? I’m thinking of making a small batch without pretzels if everything else is gluten free but not 100% sure if it is. My grandpa needs gluten free but not familiar with all of that.

  2. Does this get super crunchy? I let it sit out and broke it up, but it feels soft- I put it in a bowl and I’m letting it sit our a little longer before I put the lid on. Do you think it will harden?

  3. Excited to try this with Key Lime MMs! Question- other recipes for the muddy buddies/puppy chow/whatever you want to name/theme it sorta mix- use powdered sugar too. Is there a reason why you don’t toss it in that? Also you think leaving out the butterscotch chips would be best since I’d doing the Key Lime MMs?

    1. Hi! So this is kind of a cross between a muddy buddy and bark, that’s why I left out the powdered sugar. You certainly could add it! I think getting creative with the flavors is perfect. I think you could keep the butterscotch chips or leave them out if not a fan! Anything goes here!

  4. 5 stars
    I have made this for the first time today. I think my grand kids are going to love it. I plan to bag it up in small bags for their Easter baskets. I may have to make some more because it is so delicious that granny has been eating some. Lol this stuff is fast and easy to make and taste great!

  5. Hi! I just made the recipe- thanks! Question- should I leave it to dry on counter or place on fridge??

    1. To Store: Store this snack mix, covered in an airtight container, on the countertop for up to a week (after that it starts to go stale).