This Bunny Chow Recipe came about after needing a fun snack mix idea that wasn’t just candy! This is great for the kids and also a fun way to use up extra candy.
Easter Bunny Chow Recipe
I think we have all heard of traditional Puppy Chow or Chex Mixes, and there are many variations out there on the theme. I wanted to make something along those lines…something to munch on before or after Easter dinner or just as a snack relaxing in the afternoon with family.
However, I did want to stay away from the traditional ingredients in Chex Mix and really make something that worked for a special occasion like Easter.
A Fun Easter Tradition
Many of us have fun Easter traditions. Even if your family hasn’t loaded up in the car early and headed to church on Easter, it’s still such a fun holiday and there are so many signs of spring finally showing up. I love the first weeks of spring.
We typically have a lot of sun here, alternating with heavy rainfall. So as you can imagine it can be warm or very cool, depending on the current weather. I can remember bundling the kids up in coats on Easter Sunday, as well as reminding them they will get a sunburn if they are outside too long!
One thing that remains the same year to year for us is a big get-together the day before Easter for egg hunts, and then a wonderful family dinner after church. Easter candy makes its appearance, even for older kids… and those adult “kids”! 🙂
Making Your Bunny Chow Recipe
Personally I like a few sweets but candy is off my snacking list pretty quick. I gravitate more toward the sweet and salty snacks! For this recipe, we added pretzels and popcorn along with sweet ingredients like Peanut M&Ms and Mini Marshmallows.
One fun thing to add to this mix is this pack of Jet Puffed Fun Mallows in spring colors. These really take me back to my childhood since they always made an appearance in Jello Salads each Easter!
We found these fun “itty bitty minis” Pretzels from Snyders, but if you can’t find these in stores just about any salty pretzel will do.
And as I mentioned, this snack mix gets the special occasion treatment and is covered with vanilla almond bark. This part is my absolute favorite over the popcorn!
If you haven’t tried it almond bark + popcorn yet, it almost reminds me of those red backs of NY Popcorn you see at the store. They are expensive and so unhealthy- but addicting!
This treat is going to be the same way.
Coating with Almond Bark:
You do want to heat your almond bark up completely in the microwave or on the stove top first. If you are using partially melted almond bark or candy coating, it will be thick. You will want this as thin (melted) as possible so you can gently fold it in to the popcorn mixture without breaking the popcorn into small bits.
This is what makes this Easter Bunny Chow so spectacular, so don’t skip on this step. As I mentioned, it goes great with the popcorn.
Tip: Use an extra large mixing bowl so you can gently fold the Almond bark into the other ingredients. Use a soft spatula to mix.
Other Ideas for Your Easter Bunny Chow Recipe
I always add a note on what to substitute if you can. I am a big fan of substituting an ingredient here or there. Use what you have in the pantry… no need to make a special store trip the day before Easter for this recipe, guys. It’s really simple.
If you don’t have mini pretzels, add a salty cereal like Chex or Cheerios. If you aren’t fans of chocolate, toss in white chocolate chips! You can get creative on this one so easily. Be sure to follow the ratios in the recipe so you don’t end up with an overly sweet or salty mix. I haven’t tested the recipe with substitutes, so remember results will vary. 🙂
You could also easily adapt this recipe to be nut free if you’re using all non-allergenic/ nut containing ingredients.
After the mixture is coated, spread out evenly in a thin layer to allow to dry. Your layer can allow for some chunks to remain sticking together, but the thinner layer you can achieve, the faster it will dry/harden.
Finally, when the candy coating or almond bark has dried, gently break up the larger pieces and empty the tray of the Easter Bunny Chow into a pretty serving bowl. There will be some loose pieces but that’s ok!
I am excited to share this recipe this spring and hope you enjoy it. It’s a fun and festive treat but also something that will work when you need to use up a few ingredients in the pantry like extra Almond Bark or Pretzels! Enjoy!
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- 8 cups Kettle Popcorn cooked (microwaved will work)
- 1 small bag of pastel peanut or plain M&M's (about a 10-12oz bag)
- 1 1/2 cups of mini pretzels (any brand)
- 2 cups of mini marshmallows (any brand, but spring colors are great for this recipe)
- Approximately 1 8oz package of Vanilla Almond Bark
- Cook popcorn according to directions. Avoid using flavored popcorns like extra butter. Kettle Corn, Popping your own plain popcorn, or Lightly Salted are recommended.
- Melt Almond Bark according to directions in separate microwave safe bowl. I prefer a glass Pyrex dish. Stir frequently until completely melted.
- Add cooked popcorn to large bowl
- Add M&M's
- Add Mini Pretzels
- Add Marshmallows
- Coat with Vanilla Almond Bark. Depending upon how much Almond Bark you prefer, you may not use the entire package for this recipe.
- Mix lightly with spatula until all ingredients are coated.
- Spread out onto lined large cookie tray or platter. Allow to sit 20 minutes or until completely cool and hardened.
- Break up into bite size pieces and pour into serving bowl, or if not serving immediately, pour into bowl which can be sealed.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 214Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 118mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g
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