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. I love using this same recipe and just changing the color of the M&M’s and the sprinkles to correspond with the holiday. They always have a fun name to go along with it. For Valentine’s Day, it’s Cupid Crunch. I didn’t get to make our version for St. Patrick’s Day this year because we were busy with homeschool. But you bet between now and Christmas we won’t miss the other munchie mixes.
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. Of course now that Kelsie is homeschooled, we can’t just give up on making these. They are so tasty, and the perfect holiday snack mix to have around.
Easter Bunny Crunch
- 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.
- Set of 4 – Whisk and Spatula Set
- Hudson Essentials Stainless Steel Measuring Cups Set – 6 Piece stackable with spout
- Cut-Rite Wax Paper by Reynolds 75 Sq.Ft
- Pyrex Smart Essentials Mixing Bowl Set
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