Nothing say’s Happy St. Patrick’s Day like this Leprechaun Snack Mix! I love how fun and easy this is to make, and this is also another recipe your Little’s can help you make! I love getting kiddos in the kitchen to help out and if your children are anything like mine, they LOVE to help! Leprechaun Snack Mix is a fun, colorful, sweet treat perfect for any of your St. Patrick’s Day school or office parties. It’s fast, easy, and affordable to whip up a huge batch. Make a little extra to give away! This Leprechaun Snack Mix will last in an airtight container in the fridge for three months or in the freezer for six months.
Gather your kids up and set out your ingredients, let’s make some Leprechaun Snack Mix! I used rice square cereal, corn square cereal (I bought the generic brand of Chex Mix because it was cheaper and this Momma is on a budget!), small pretzel twists, Lucky Charms cereal, salted peanuts, white almond bark, and green M&M’s. You can use any kind of M&M’s that you like, but I chose my favorite – M&M’s with peanuts.
Start out by pouring two cups of Rice Square Cereal and two cups of Corn Square Cereal into a very large mixing bowl.
Now add two cups of small Pretzel Twists to this Leprechaun Snack Mix.
Time to add in the fun part – two cups of Lucky Charms Cereal!
Use your hands to mix the Leprechaun Snack Mix together gently.
Toss in one cup of salted peanuts into the Leprechaun Snack Mix.
Now add in one cup of green M&M’s. I used M&M’s with peanuts because those are my favorite, but you can use any green M&M’s you like.
Toss the Leprechaun Snack Mix once more with your hands to ensure that everything is well combined. You want to gently mix this with your hands so that you don’t end up breaking or crushing the cereal or pretzels.
Line a large baking sheet with waxed paper in preparation for the next step of making this snack mix. You definitely want to already have your waxed paper laid out and ready to go before melting your chocolate and pouring it over you snack mix. The chocolate sets up very quickly so the less steps you have to do once you’re ready to lay the snack mix out, the better.
Grab your white chocolate almond bark and get ready to start melting. This is the part you’ll want the older kids to do or you’ll need to do it yourself since this will be hot and you don’t want your Little’s to get burned.
Break or cut this bar of Almond Bark in half since you only need half for this Leprechaun Snack Mix and then place one half of it into a medium sized sauce pan.
Add in 1/2 of a teaspoon of olive or canola oil and set the heat to medium. Adding the oil prevents the chocolate from clumping and sticking as it melts.
Stir the almond bark continually as it melts to prevent it from crystallizing and burning. This chocolate can burn so easily and quickly that it’s extremely important to stir every second that it heats.
Just keep stirring, just keep stirring! You’re almost there! Be sure to scrape the sides of the sauce pan with your spoon as you stir so that none of the chocolate sticks and gets left up on the sides of the pan.
And…you’re finished melting the almond bark! As soon as the last piece of the almond bark melts, immediately remove the pan from the hot burner so that the chocolate doesn’t continue to cook.
Pour the melted almond bark over the snack mix in the large mixing bowl. This doesn’t look like much chocolate and initially, I didn’t think it would be enough, but it turns out to be plenty once you mix it all together. You’ll need to move quickly with this next step because this melted white chocolate almond bark sets up and hardens VERY quickly.
Use a silicone spoon or spatula to gently (very gently!) fold the melted almond bark into the snack mix. Don’t use a stirring motion with your spoon, use a turning or folding motion. Be sure to fold all the way down to the bottom of the mixing bowl since a lot of the melted chocolate will settle there. Be gentle in doing this because you don’t want to break your cereal into bits but you do want the melted chocolate to be evenly disbursed throughout all of the snack mix.
Once the melted white chocolate almond bark is evenly disbursed throughout your Leprechaun Snack Mix, immediately pour it all out onto the waxed paper. You’ll want to move quickly because this sets up very fast so don’t spend too much time fussing over folding the chocolate into the snack mix. Just make sure it is all folded in evenly and then move on.
Once you’ve poured the snack mix onto the waxed paper, spread it all out as much as you can. It will be in clumps and that’s okay, it’s supposed to be. Just make those clumps as even as possible by smoothing out any “hills” and ensuring that the Leprechaun Snack Mix is all spread out evenly. The photo below is of the snack mix just after I poured it out of the mixing bowl. It is still wet here and the almond bark hasn’t set up yet.
It should take about ten minutes for the chocolate to set up and harden. You can check this by touching the snack mix. If the chocolate comes off on your finger and is wet, it’s not ready. You will see it harden and dry when it is ready.
Below is a photo of this Leprechaun Snack Mix after the almond bark has set and hardened. Now it’s time to move onto the next step!
Now that the Leprechaun Snack Mix has hardened, it’s time to break it apart and put it in an airtight container or better yet, eat some! When you remove the snack mix from the waxed paper, it will be in large clumps – don’t worry! We’re going to gently break those large clumps apart into smaller clumps.
Gently break the large clumps into smaller, bite sized clumps. This won’t crush your cereal because the large clumps come apart easily.
Now you’re ready to get to munching on this delicious and highly addictive Leprechaun Snack Mix!
Happy munching my Leprechaun Friends – and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Leprechaun Snack Mix
A sweet & salty, crunchy snack mix perfect for St. Patrick's Day school and office parties.
- 2 cups rice square cereal
- 2 cups corn square cereal
- 2 cups Lucky Charms cereal
- 2 cups small pretzel twists
- 1 cup salted peanuts
- 1 cup green M&M's any kind can be used - I used Peanut M&M's
- 1/2 block White Chocolate Almond Bark
- 1/2 tsp olive or canola oil
Place all cereals, pretzels, peanuts, and M&M's in a large mixing bowl and toss gently with your hands until well combined.
Cover a large baking sheet with waxed paper in preparation for the next steps.
Melt the almond bark along with the oil on low heat in a medium sized sauce pan, stirring continually.
Once every square of the chocolate has melted, remove the pan from the stove immediately and pour over the snack mix in the bowl.
Very gently and quickly fold the snack mix and the almond bark together with a silicone spoon or spatula until chocolate is evenly disbursed in the snack mix.
Immediately pour the snack mix onto a waxed paper and spread out in a thin, even layer.
Allow the chocolate to set and dry completely (about 10 minutes) and then break the large chunks into small, bite sized chunks and store in an airtight container or freeze.
This snack mix will keep in an airtight container for up to three months in the fridge or for six months in the freezer.
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