Leprechaun Bait


While I can’t guarantee this bait will actually help catch a leprechaun, it should definitely catch some smiles! I made this Leprechaun Bait for my kids and some friends that came over this weekend and it disappeared very quickly. It is the perfect mix of salty and sweet and is fun and colorful too! Amanda came up with the bones of the recipe and I adjusted it with what I had on hand.

The best way I can describe this treat is a hybrid of cereal treats, popcorn balls and movie candy all mixed up together. It is salty and sweet and VERY addicting. This is a great “everything but the kitchen sink” recipe that you can make your own with what you have on hand. It is also easy for kids to help add ingredients to this AFTER the hot melted marshmallow and white chocolate has been carefully mixed in.

My girls helped me make this yummy leprechaun bait and we ate some of it while we colored in these awesome shamrock/clover cookie pages I designed. What a fun St. Patrick’s Day activity for the whole family!
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Leprechaun Bait

Recipe by Amanda and Kristen of Baking BestiesCourse: DessertDifficulty: Easy


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This recipe you can make your own with ingredients you have at home. It is a quick and easy, sweet and salty snack, sure to please even the pickiest of eaters with its colorful charm!


  • 2 cups Pretzels (twists or similar; I used Pretzel Crisps Minis)

  • 5 oz Simply Pop plain popcorn (I used about half of a 10 oz bag)

  • 3 Tbsp Butter

  • 10 oz bag of mini marshmallows

  • 5.5 oz (half of a 11oz. bag) white chocolate chips

  • 2 cups Lucky Charms Cereal

  • 10 oz bag of M&M minis, Mint M&M’s or your favorite M&M’s (I added both minis and mint)

  • Green Sprinkles


  • Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and spread popcorn and pretzels evenly over top. Set aside.
  • Melt butter on stove in medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add marshmallows to melted butter and continue to heat on medium heat until melted, stirring constantly. Do not burn.
  • Heat white chocolate chips in microwavable bowl in 30 second increments at 50% power until melted, stirring in between. (This step took me (2) 30 second sessions = 1 minute total).
  • Pour melted white chocolate into marshmallow mixture and stir until well combined. Carefully pour hot marshmallow/white chocolate mixture over popcorn and pretzels trying to coat most of the pieces.
  • Sprinkle Lucky Charms cereal over mixture.
  • Add M&M’s and sprinkles over top of mixture (the goal is to have it look both green + rainbow-y so leprechauns are tempted by it).
  • Once cooled, serve mixture in individual serving cups or move mixture into party bowl to serve family-style.
  • (Optional) Put out as bait in a trap to catch a leprechaun — Good luck!


  • I cannot guarantee this recipe will result in the catching of leprechauns — Sorry!

Happy Baking + Coloring!

XOXOXO, Kristen