In February, we had Cupid’s Crunch Valentine’s Day popcorn mix, and for St. Patrick’s Day we had everyone loving green treats with our Leprechaun Popcorn. It wouldn’t be fair of Easter to come and go without a Bunny Bait recipe, so here it is! (To be fair, the recipe doesn’t really change much- you can change colors and sprinkles and call it whatever you want!!)
Bunny Bait Easter Popcorn Recipe
Bunny Bait aka Bunny Crunch Recipe
2 bags microwave popcorn or 1/2- 2/3 cup popcorn kernels, popped (We really like the Tender White varieties if you are doing microwave)
12 oz bag Wilton candy melts (I did the yellow for this recipe)
2 cups pretzels- broken into pieces- or sticks
1 – 11/2 cups M&Ms (Get some Skippers if you want nut-free options- these are peanut AND tree nut free, choose dark or milk chocolate!)
Sprinkles, Nonpareils, Holiday shaped candies for decoration
pop popcorn, set aside. Be sure to pick any unpopped kernels out- they aren’t fun to bite into when you don’t expect them!
Melt the candy melts at 30 second intervals in the microwave if you want this done quickly. Otherwise, you can always do a double boiler method (it’ll take longer), stirring frequently.
Toss pretzels and M&Ms into the bowl with popcorn. Then pour 1/2 the melted candy over the top and combine with a rubber spatula. (I actually found that using 2 rubber spatulas worked a lot better for me)
Spread mixture out on a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper- drizzle remaining melted candy over the top.
Sprinkle the nonpareils, candy bits or sprinkles (I call them shots) (If you want nut-free, go with colored sugar or check Target- I found store brand sprinkles that are NOT processed with nuts!)
After the chocolate dries/firms up again, break into bits and either store in an airtight container (for about a week) or package it up into treat bags to share with friends, classmates and neighbors! If you try to do it before the chocolate is ready, you’re going to have a big mess on your hands.
Once the Bunny Crunch was bagged (into adorable colored sandwich bags I found at Target), I added a marshmallow Peep into each just for fun.
This particular batch of Bunny Crunch is going with us to church for the Sunday School kids’ bake sale, so none for us. Unless we buy some!