Colorful, sweet and a little salty, this Easter Snack Chex Mix is perfect for sharing and festive for any kind of Easter gathering this spring! All you need are 8 ingredients, including Cadbury Mini Chocolate Eggs, to make this kid-friendly treat that’s sometimes called Bunny Bait. Makes 12 servings.
I’m at it AGAIN because I stand by my previous statement: You can’t beat a sweet and salty Chex mix.
Today, we’re talking about a festive Easter Snack Mix, also known as Bunny Bait.
If you’ve been around here for a bit, you’ll know this is very similar to my other Sweet Chex Mix recipes: Valentine’s Day White Chocolate Chex Mix, Christmas Chex Mix and St. Patrick’s Day Snack Mix.
Why I love this recipe:
Easter has always made me happy, and Easter candy is always a highlight of the springtime for me. (It’s the little things.)
For this sweet and salty Bunny Bait recipe, I wanted to highlight one of my favorite candies—Cadbury mini eggs. The solid chocolate ones, not the crème-filled ones.
They mix with Chex mix, Cheerios, peanuts and pretzels to create this magical sweet and salty snack that’s hard to stop enjoying.
Coated in white chocolate and finished off with a pink candy drizzle, this recipe is perfect for sharing and enjoying throughout the spring months ahead.
One thing I love about a sweet snack mix recipe like this one is that it’s easy to customize to your tastebuds, too, so more on that below.
This recipe does not involve peanut butter, like Chex Mix Puppy Chow, so if you want a peanut butter-chocolate and powdered sugar situation, pop on over to that recipe. 😉
Need Easter food inspiration? Check out my Easter Recipe Index for more ideas.
What you need to make this snack mix recipe:
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In addition to those tools, you’re also going to need some ingredients. Be sure to scroll all the way down to the recipe card to get the exact amounts.
- Chex Cereal—you can use rice, corn or any combination of the two. I used the Rice Chex in these photos.
- Cheerios—you can use regular or Honey Nut Cheerios for this recipe.
- Mini pretzel twists—you could also use small pretzel rods if you like those better, but I personally like the shape of these!
- Lightly salted roasted peanuts—these add such a nice salty crunch!
- Cadbury Mini Eggs—you’ll need two (9 oz.) bags of these beauties. They add chocolate flavor and also color to our final snack mix.
- White chocolate melting chips—I like these better than white chocolate chips because they melt more easily. These Ghirardelli White Melting Wafers are my favorite.
- Easter sprinkles—these add some pops of color and crunch to the snack mixture!
- Bright pink candy melts—while these are totally optional, I love the pop of color and sweetness they add to our Easter snack mix.
Substitutions for this Easter snack mix recipe:
Because you can definitely make ‘em, here are a few thoughts on what swaps would still yield an awesome result.
- Chex Mix: You can use a combination of wheat Chex, rice Chex, corn Chex or all one variety.
- Pretzels: You may use pretzel twists, as shown here, or rods!
- Sprinkles: Use your favorite! While this is an Easter-themed Chex Mix recipe, you can change up the colors of the sprinkles and candies and make it for any holiday… or just because!
How to make Easter Chex Mix
Gather your products and tools. This means finding an extra large mixing bowl, as well as getting out the boxes and bags of ingredients.
Mix the ingredients together. Do this in an extra large bowl because there is a lot of Chex cereal, Cheerios, pretzels and peanuts to stir together.
Pour onto a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle half of the Cadbury Mini Eggs on top.
Melt the white chocolate chips. Do this in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat them on high power for 60 seconds. Give them a stir to help them finish melting and smooth out the chocolate.
White chocolate burns easily, so keep an eye on it. If any large chunks of white chocolate are remaining after you’ve melted for 60 seconds and stirred thoroughly, melt for another 15-second increment and stir until it’s smooth.
Drizzle on the white chocolate to the cereal mixture.
Sprinkle the sprinkles onto the white chocolate. This will ensure they don’t fall off!
Stir to combine. Use a spoon, rubber spatula or clean hands to mix and toss the mixture to evenly distribute the white chocolate. Work quickly so that you can coat everything before the chocolate sets. Keep in mind that the white chocolate will be hot, so if you’re using your hands, proceed with caution.
Add the rest of the Cadbury Mini Eggs. It’s OK if these ones don’t stick because I like how they add a little pop of color.
Melt the candy melts. Like the white chocolate above, use a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 60 seconds. Give it a good stir, and heat in additional 15-second increments if not melted.
If the candy melts are a little thick, consider adding 1-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to them to make them easier to drizzle. THIS is important.
Transfer the melted candy melts to a pastry (or sandwich) bag, snip the corner and drizzle on top of the Bunny Bait Snack Mix to decorate.
Let sit. This snack mix needs to hang out for at least 15 minutes so the white chocolate and candy melts can finish setting and cooling. Trust me.
Break it up. If there are any large chunks, break them apart using your hands.
Serve! And enjoy!
Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips
This Easter Bunny Bait Chex Mix would be an excellent snack item to serve at any springtime or Easter gathering, whether you’re hosting it at your home, bringing a snack to your child’s school or even bringing the snack on the road with you to a friend or family member’s home.
You don’t really need an occasion to make this goodness, though.
Here are some things you can do if you want to serve these to a crowd:
- Make the snack mix in advance. The beauty in this is it can be stored for up to four days at room temperature, so you can make it a day or two in advance, then set it out for guests without needing to sweat.
- Serve it in a big bowl… or package it up individually for guests! You could put it in a small bakery box or even an individual to-go baggies.
- Involve your kids. My girls LOVED helping out with this recipe, and I bet yours will, too! Measuring, mixing, combining, decorating and serving are all fun activities for them. Prepare to get a little messy, and have fun with it!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. I’ve included them in the recipe card below because there are a lot of substitutions you can make.
No. This snack mix recipe does not need to be refrigerated.
Make sure to spread yours out on a baking sheet (or between two if you don’t have a large sheet) to ensure the surface area for them to cool and crisp up. If they’re left in a bowl, they could become soggy just because the white chocolate can’t firm up.
The best tricks and tips for Easter Snack Mix
- Want those sprinkles to stick? Evenly sprinkle on the sprinkles as soon as you are done drizzling the white chocolate. This will ensure that the sprinkles stick to the chocolate. Otherwise, the white chocolate will begin to set, and the sprinkles will fall off.
- How to mix in the melted chocolate. The easiest way to mix the melted white chocolate into the mixture is on a large tray or baking sheet. You quickly and evenly distribute the melted chocolate before it starts to set.
- How to drizzle the bright pink candy melts: Melt them in a microwave-safe bowl until smooth and hot. Transfer to a pastry bag or a sandwich baggie. Snip one end to allow for a small drizzle to escape, then drizzle all over the snack mix.
- Make it with kids. This is a super kid-friendly recipe, from the measuring and stirring to the actual melting of the white chocolate. Keep an eye on your kid(s) as they do this and give them age-appropriate tasks!
- How to store: Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to a week.
Colorful, sweet and a little salty, this Easter Snack Chex Mix is perfect for sharing and festive for any kind of Easter gathering this spring! All you need are 8 ingredients, including Cadbury Mini Chocolate Eggs, to make this kid-friendly treat that's sometimes called Bunny Bait.
- 6 cups Chex cereal
- 3 cups Cheerios
- 3 cups mini pretzel twists
- 1 ½ cups lightly salted dry roasted peanuts
- 18 oz. Cadbury mini eggs (2-255g bags), divided
- 20 oz. white chocolate melting chips
- ¼ cup Easter sprinkles
- ½ cup bright pink candy melts + 1 tablespoon vegetable oil for drizzling
- Toss together the Chex cereal, Cheerios, pretzels and the peanuts in an extra large mixing bowl.
- Pour the mix onto a large rimmed baking sheet.
- Sprinkle half (1 bag) of the Cadbury mini eggs on top of the mixture.
- Melt the white chocolate melting chips. Place the chips in a microwave safe-bowl and heat on high power for 60 seconds. Stir well to finish melting and smoothing out the chocolate. (If any large chunks remain, melt for another 15 seconds and stir, stir, stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Keep an eye on it because white chocolate burns easily.)
- Drizzle the melted white chocolate over the cereal mixture immediately.
- Sprinkle the sprinkles on top of the white chocolate to ensure it sticks.
- Use a spoon, rubber spatula or clean hands to mix and toss the mixture to evenly distribute the white chocolate before it sets. Work quickly because the chocolate sets up faster than you might imagine.
- Sprinkle on the additional mini eggs.
- Melt the candy melts in a bowl in the microwave. Place them in a microwave safe-bowl and heat on high power for 60 seconds. Stir well to finish melting and smoothing out the chocolate. (If any large chunks remain, melt for another 15 seconds and stir, stir, stir until the melts are smooth. If they’re thick, consider adding 1-2 tablespoons of a neutral oil to thin them out for drizzling.)
- Once melted, transfer the candy melts into a pastry bag and drizzle on top of the snack mix.
- Let sit for 15-20 minutes so that the white chocolate and the candy melts can finish cooling and setting.
- Use your hands to break up any large chunks of the mixture.
- Transfer to a large serving bowl, and enjoy!
How to store: Store leftover chex mix in an airtight container on the counter for up to a week.
How to share: Scoop 1-2 cup servings of the dessert mix into individual baggies. (You can order festive Easter ones or just use regular plastic baggies or even paper ones.) Decorate as you see fit, then share!
•Chex Mix: You can use a combination of rice and corn or all one variety. These photos show all Rice Chex.
•Pretzels: You may use pretzel twists, as shown here, or rods!
•Peanuts: I love the saltiness and crunch that they add to the snack mix, but you can leave them out if you do not like peanuts or have an allergy.
Other tips and tricks:
●Evenly sprinkle on the sprinkles the moment you are done drizzling on the white chocolate so that it sticks to the chocolate. Otherwise, the white chocolate will start to set and the sprinkles will fall off.
●The easiest way to mix the melted white chocolate into the Easter snack mix is on a large tray or baking sheet. You quickly and evenly distribute the melted chocolate before it starts to set.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 752Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 367mgCarbohydrates: 98gFiber: 5gSugar: 61gProtein: 11g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.