Thursday, March 12, 2015

Leprechaun Bait

Every year, someone in my family hosts a St. Patrick's Day party. My grandma's birthday is in March, so we usually make it a joint birthday/St. Patty's day party. Who doesn't love green beer, good food, and great company?! This year, for our annual St. Patty's Day party, I decided to make Leprechaun Bait. 

This is the first time I've made this, but I've seen similar versions on both Facebook and Pinterest so I figured I'd give them a shot. This was a pretty simple recipe, and could be easily changed for any holiday! Add red & green M&M's for Reindeer Bait, pastel M&M's for Easter Bunny Bait, add Reese Pieces for a Halloween dessert, or add any color M&M's to match whatever party you're hosting! Here's how I made it: 

4 cups corn Chex cereal
1 cup pretzels (I used Goldfish)
1 bag microwave popcorn
1 cup M&M's
3/4 package white Almond Bark

Side note: You can use any type of pretzels you like, but I love using Goldfish pretzels because they don't break and get crumbly as easy as pretzel sticks or twists. 

To start, pop your popcorn according to the instructions. I used Movie Theater Butter style popcorn, and I thought this tasted really good with the white chocolate because it was a sweet & salty combo. After you pop your popcorn, then measure out and dump your Chex, pretzels, and popcorn into a large bowl and mix well. 

Next, melt your chocolate in the microwave. I have a glass Pyrex measuring cup that I used to melt my chocolate in. It has a spout on it,and made pouring the chocolate simple and mess free. Once your chocolate is melted, pour it over your mixture and stir until the all of the mixture is lightly covered in chocolate. 

Then, line two cookie sheets with wax paper and spread out your mixture to dry. While the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle on your M&M's, distributing them evenly between both cookie sheets, and throw on your sprinkles. 

Once your party mix is dry, break apart and store in an air tight container. 

Here is a close up of what my Leprechaun Bait looked like. Yummy!! 

I made this for my family's St. Patrick's Day party last weekend, and again on St. Patty's Day for our work food day. When I made it the second time, I ran out of almond bark, so I used half almond bark and half green melting chocolate wafers. This added more green to the mix, and it still tasted great!
This is what the mix looked like with both green and white chocolate melted on top.

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