Easter Bunny Bait Recipe (Easter Puppy Chow)

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This Easter Bunny Bait Recipe is sweet, crunchy, and super festive. Made with just eight ingredients, it’s a fun no-bake treat that’s quick to prepare and always delicious!

Easter Puppy Chow with Chex cereal, powdered sugar, jelly beans and pastel M&Ms.

Why We Love This Easter Bunny Bait Recipe

If you’re a fan of Reindeer Chow, muddy buddies, or puppy chow, you’re going to adore this Easter puppy chow recipe! Similar to the Christmastime treat, it features powdered sugar, chocolate, and peanut butter. 

Then, we add holiday candies to make it extra festive. Virtually failproof, it comes together with minimal prep time, and you can easily customize it with different mix-ins. Make a large batch of this bunny bait trail mix for a family movie night, Easter baskets, or Easter celebrations!

Up close photo of Easter Puppy Chow with pastel M&Ms and colorful jelly beans.

Ingredients You Need

Ingredients for Easter Puppy Chow like Chex cereal, jelly beans and white chocolate chips.
  • Rice Chex Cereal – Feel free to use any other cereal you like best. 
  • Pretzels – We use mini twist pretzels, but pretzel sticks or any size or shape will work. 
  • White Chocolate Chips – Feel free to use dairy-free white chocolate chips or white chocolate almond bark if preferred. 
  • Peanut Butter – Use a creamy peanut butter. Feel free to substitute any other nut or seed butter you prefer. Just keep in mind that the flavor of the recipe will change slightly depending on what you use. 
  • Light Olive Oil – This creates a smooth, spreadable chocolate mixture. Any neutral-tasting oil like avocado oil or canola oil will work. 
  • Powdered Sugar (Confectioner’s Sugar) – Adds an extra touch of sweetness! 
  • Candy – We use pastel-colored Easter M&Ms and jelly beans for festive flair and added flavor. 

How to Make Bunny Bait

Easter Puppy Chow recipe in a white bowl covered in powdered sugar.
  1. Pour the Chex cereal, pretzels, and half of the candy into a large bowl. 
  2. Add the white chocolate chips, peanut butter, and olive oil to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between until the chocolate melts. Be careful not to burn! 
  3. Pour the melted white chocolate mixture over the cereal mixture. Then, gently toss to combine and coat the cereal. 
  4. Pour the powdered sugar over the mixture, and seal the bowl with a lid. Shake until the powdered sugar coats the cereal. 
  5. Add the remaining candy, toss to combine, and enjoy! 

Note: If you don’t have a large bowl with a lid, transfer the cereal mixture to sealable bags instead. Pour the powdered sugar on top, and shake to coat. 

Overhead photo of Easter Bunny Bait in a white bowl with jelly beans and M&Ms.

Tips for Success

  • Use High-Quality Chocolate. Because there are so few ingredients, the quality of chocolate makes a huge difference in the flavor of your bunny bait. We recommend premium chocolate such as Ghiradelli or Guitard. 
  • Work Quickly. Be sure to have all your ingredients on hand nearby. The chocolate dries quickly. So, you want to make sure to work fast to coat the ingredients before the mixture sets. 
  • Rest. Allow the bunny bait to rest on wax paper for about 15 minutes before you dig in. This allows the chocolate to harden and avoids making a mess! 
Easter Bunny Bait in a white bowl with powdered sugar pretzels and jelly beans.

Ingredient Variations and Substitutions 

Feel free to add to or swap out the ingredients in this bunny bait recipe to make it your own. Some of our favorite ways to switch it up include: 

  • Adding Cereal: Options like Cap’n Crunch, Honey Nut Cheerios, Kix, Lucky Charms, and Rice Krispies all make great options! 
  • Changing the Chocolate: Replace the white chocolate with dark chocolate or milk chocolate. Or, add a drizzle of chocolate over top! 
  • Swapping the Candy: Mix and match different chocolate candies such as Reese’s pieces, chocolate chips, and Kitkats for even more goodness. 
  • Adding Mix-Ins: Chopped nuts, popcorn, mini marshmallows, and Easter sprinkles are a fun way to enhance the taste and texture. 
Up close photo of a Easter Puppy Chow recipe with pastel M&Ms and jelly beans.

How to Store 

Once set, you can transfer your Easter snack mix to an airtight container or sealable bag. They will stay fresh at room temperature for up to two weeks.

Up close photo of Easter Bunny Bait with jelly beans and pastel M&Ms.

Easter Bunny Bait Recipe (Easter Puppy Chow)

Make this Easter bunny bait recipe with just eight ingredients and a few minutes of prep time for a sweet, crunchy holiday treat!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Total Time11 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bunny bait, bunny bait recipe, easter bunny bait
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 475kcal
Cost: $10.00

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 8 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 2 cups mini twist pretzels
  • 1/2 cup Easter M&Ms divided
  • 1/2 cup jelly beans divided
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 Tablespoons light olive oil
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Pour Chex cereal, pretzels, and half the candy (¼ cup M&Ms and ¼ cup jelly beans) into a large bowl preferably with a lid (see notes for alternative method). Set aside.
    8 cups Rice Chex cereal, 2 cups mini twist pretzels, 1/2 cup Easter M&Ms, 1/2 cup jelly beans
  • In a medium-sized glass bowl, add the white chocolate chips, peanut butter and olive oil. Microwave 1 minute, stirring everyone 30 seconds until the chocolate is completely melted. Stir to combine.
    1 cup white chocolate chips, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 2 Tablespoons light olive oil
  • Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal mixture. Gently mix until the cereal is coated.
  • Pour the powdered sugar over the coated cereal in the bowl and seal with the lid. Shake the sealed bowl for about 30 seconds or until the powdered sugar has coated all the cereal.
    3 cups powdered sugar
  • When the mixture is cool, add the remaining candy (¼ cup M&Ms and ¼ cup jelly beans) to the mixture. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Video

Notes

Alternative Method – If you don’t have a large bowl with a lid use gallon bags to add the powdered sugar to the coated cereal mixture. In two gallon-sized Ziploc bags, add 1 ½ cups powdered sugar to each bag. Set aside. Pour 1/2 the coated cereal mixture into the two gallon-sized bags. Seal the bags and shake until the powdered sugar coats all the cereal mixture. Open each bag and lay the bags on their sides to allow the mixture to cool and dry out a bit before adding the remaining candies (¼ cup M&Ms and ¼ cup jelly beans). 

Nutrition

Calories: 475kcal

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