Easter Bunny Bait

This Easter Bunny Bait (Puppy Chow) is an awesome recipe for kids to make all by themselves and is sure to attract the Easter Bunny!

As we have been quarantining, I have been preparing for Easter, and one of the recipes that I was most excited to share with you was this Easter Bunny Bait. I love making Puppy Chow (or Muddy Buddies, if you prefer) – everyone loves it, it’s super easy to make, and you can feed a crowd for only a couple bucks.  For other holidays, I have shared a Leprechaun Loot Puppy Chow, and a Valentine’s Day inspired Chocolate Covered Strawberry Puppy Chow, so as we were gearing up for Easter, I knew that I just had to share an Easter version of Puppy Chow.  

The hardest part about making Easter Bunny Bait is dyeing the powdered sugar.  It’s not that it’s actually hard, it’s just time consuming.  After a lot of trial and error, and mixing the powdered sugar and food coloring with a fork, and with my hands, I found that the easiest way to mix it is like how we dyed the coconut for the Eggs In A Nest Rice Krispie Treats, and add the food coloring and powdered sugar to a gallon-sized ziplock bag, and toss it up, mixing it together until the powdered sugar is your desired color.  This is actually really convenient, because after you toss the cereal in melted chocolate, you can just add it right to the ziplock bag, and toss it in the bag.  It saves a lot of mess, and clean up to do it this way, plus it seems to be the most efficient way that I have found so far.

Tips For Melting Chocolate

Growing up, my grandma dipped EVERYTHING in chocolate.  She even used to stick my medicine in truffles.  Everything was chocolate with her, and I learned a lot about chocolate over the years.  The two big things that she taught me were:

  1. NEVER put water in melted chocolate
  2. When melting chocolate, go slow.  If you’re going to use the microwave, melt it on medium heat for 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each burst in the microwave.  The best way to melt chocolate is over a double boiler though.

How To Make Easter Bunny Bait

Divide Up & Dye Powdered Sugar
Divide powdered sugar up among 4 gallon-sized ziplock bags. 3 with ⅓ cup + 2 tbsp each and a 4th bowl with 1 cup + 2 tbsp.  Add food coloring to the bags with ⅓ cup + 2 tbsp, seal bag closed, and toss together, shaking vigorously to fully dye powered sugar to desired color.  

Melt Chocolate & Toss Cereal
In a large, microwave safe bowl, melt milk chocolate and nutella, stirring every 20 seconds until smooth.  Stir in 3 cups of cereal, and toss to completely coat.  Add cereal to bag with 1 cup + 2 tbsp plain powdered sugar, and gently toss together to completely coat the cereal.  Pour out in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to dry.  

Melt White Chocolate & Toss Cereal
In a second, large microwave safe bowl, melt white chocolate, stirring every 20 seconds until smooth.  Stir in remaining 3 cups of cereal, and toss to completely coat.  Divide among the 3 bags with colored powered sugar, and gently toss together to completely coat the cereal.  Pour in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to dry.

Toss Together Puppy Chow & Add-Ins
In a large bowl, mix together all colors of puppy chow with M&M’s and Mini Eggs until combined.

We divided up our Easter Bunny Bait into little Ziplock bags, and we delivered them to friends mailboxes for a little sweet treat while we are all stuck at home.  This really is a great recipe for kids to make for themselves or their friends, and there are so many different variations to making Puppy Chow, making it the perfect recipe to bring to any gathering.  Here are a few different Puppy Chow Recipes for you to try:

S’mores Puppy Chow

Cinnamon Roll Puppy Chow

Peanut Butter Crunch Puppy Chow

Banana Cream Pie Puppy Chow

Nutella Puppy Chow

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Puppy Chow

 

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