Rice cereal, salty pretzels, candy coated chocolate, pastel sprinkles, and melted white chocolate makes Easter Bunny Crunch; the perfect sweet and salty combination!
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I have very vivid memories of Easter as a child. My mother and I would decorate a small tree in the front yard of our home with plastic eggs hung from the branches with fishing line.
I have a photo some where of us in front of that tree with a plastic inflatable bunny. I would go to bed on Saturday night with those pink foam curlers in my hair, so that on Easter Sunday my hair would be in perfect ringlets.
My Easter basket would be filled with goodies upon waking, because sometime during the night the Easter Bunny would have made his visit.
We would come home from church and the afternoon would be filled with egg hunts. I can recall a few of the egg hunts in the house, probably due to bad weather.
I know that our family has had several for that reason. One memory that sticks out in particular is in my parent’s bedroom my momma had hidden an egg on the bulb of her lamp. I am sure she didn’t think anything of it at the time. I can’t recall if it started to melt or if it were just hot!
We have never decorated an Easter tree and my girls have never went to bed with curlers in their hair. Kayla’s hair is naturally curly, and Kelsie would have never went to sleep with them attached to her head; she is way too picky for that.
However, every year the Easter Bunny visits our home to leave goodies for the girls to wake up to, and we have egg hunts on Easter Sunday.
These days, due to food allergies, we only fill those eggs with certain candies. Dove Milk Chocolate Eggs and Reese’s Miniatures are currently stuffed inside all those colorful plastic eggs, that are tucked in a large Target sack, hanging on the rocking chair in our dining room. They are waiting to be hidden high and low, all over.
Hopefully, it will be in the yard, and not the house! We will make do, nevertheless.
With almost any holiday there comes food. Growing up, we never got together with family for Easter, we left that for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas.
However, we still enjoyed the traditional Easter ham. One thing we didn’t have, that I have deemed as part of our family’s tradition is Easter Bunny Crunch.
What are some other holidays/ways to make this?
Start with the holiday M&M’s and sprinkles, for whatever holiday. For example I make a version called Cupid Crunch for Valentine’s Day.
Christmas is reindeer food.
St. Patrick’s Day is Leprechaun munch.
Halloween we have Mummy Munch.
What about substitutions?
I’ve tossed in Cheerios when Kelsie was younger. I’ve always used Rice Chex cereal, but if Corn Chex is more your thing, use it. You could also use one of the flavored ones, like cinnamon or vanilla. I think that the cinnamon would be a fun addition to the Christmas or Halloween one. Vanilla would be perfect for Easter!
Do I have to use white chocolate or can I use the candy melts?
I have never used the candy melts in any recipe, so I couldn’t tell you how that turns out. I would stick to a high quality white chocolate, in my opinion.
Can I use food coloring?
I personally wouldn’t suggest it.
The idea of these munchie mixes came years ago when Kelsie started preschool. I wanted to send something different than cookies and cupcakes that other parents seem to send in for class parties.
And these munchie mixes were a hit every year that Kelsie was in public school. Even though we are homeschooling now, we can’t just stop making these yummy holiday mixes.They are so tasty, and the perfect holiday snack mix to have around.
Looking for more great Easter treats?
- Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bites
- Easter Krispy Treats
- Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Cadbury Mini Egg Cookies
- 4 cups Rice Chex cereal
- 2 cups small pretzel twists broken into pieces
- 1 11 oz bag of Easter colored M&M's
- 1 bag of white chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup Easter sprinkles
- Place the first 3 ingredients into a large bowl, set aside.
- In a small microwave safe bowl heat the white chocolate chips on 50% power for 1 minute.
- Stir very well.
- Microwave on 50% power for 30 additional seconds.
- Stir until all the chips are melted.
- Pour over the cereal mix, using a rubber spatula, stir until all the pieces are coated.
- Pour onto two large sheets of wax paper, creating a single layer.
- Sprinkle with the sprinkles.
- Allow to harden.
- Store in an air tight container on your counter.
Serving size is for 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 199 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 4mg Sodium: 167mg Carbohydrates: 32g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 18g Protein: 2g
What kitchen essentials did I use to make this dish possible?