10-Minute Leprechaun Bait

A sweet, crunchy snack perfect for luring a leprechaun or for sharing with your friends.  10-Minute Leprechaun Bait is a sweet, salty mix of popcorn, Lucky Charms, chocolate, sprinkles and more chocolate.  

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We have, again, been tasked with building a leprechaun trap for school.  Last year was our first attempt and while out trap was pretty spectacular (and wildly popular on Pinterest this year) the sneaky little varmint escaped before we could catch a glimpse.  So, this year I thought we could lure him into the trap and keep him there with a little snack.  Easy, peasy Leprechaun Bait is my strategy to get him to stick around until morning.

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Leprechauns like gold…we all know that….and Lucky Charms.  But who doesn’t like Lucky Charms, I mean…really.  They also like rainbows and lots of green.  So, I naturally combined all those things and then topped them with a healthy drizzle of chocolate…because I like chocolate.  The chocolate also holds everything together like a bark so you have big chunks of perfection.  I used green candy coated chocolates….M&M’s but mine were not M&M brand.  You can usually find M&M’s in the bulk candy section of your grocery store when you need only one color.  The sprinkles and chocolate I used are Wilton brand…this post is not sponsored by Wilton, this is just what I’ve found to be the best for me. (And most readily available.)

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The colors are amazing and the little flecks of gold throughout surely will keep him around until you can see him.  Sprinkle some inside and outside your trap to lure him in.  Then save the rest for yourself.  The combination of slightly salty, very sweet is so addictive you’re not going to want to share.  You may not even want to bother leaving some for the Leprechaun.  In fact, if you build a good enough trap you can just eat all the bait yourself.  And if you need an idea for a trap, you can follow the instructions for this one from last year.

10-Minute Leprechaun Bait

A kid friendly snack that's ready in minutes!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6 cups
Calories 708 kcal


  • 2 cups Lucky Charms Cereal
  • 2 cups popped popcorn lightly salted
  • 1 1/2 cups Green candy coated chocolates M&M's
  • 1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles or nonpareils I used Wilton
  • 1/4 cup gold sugar pearls I used Wilton
  • 8 ounces white chocolate melted (I used Wilton Candy Melts)
  • 8 ounces green chocolate melted (I used Wilton Candy Melts)


  • In a large bowl, toss together the cereal, popcorn and M&M's. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet or countertop lined with parchment paper. Pour the melted white chocolate into a plastic bag with the corner snipped off and drizzle over the mix. Repeat the procedure with the green chocolate using a clean bag and drizzle over the mix.
  • Sprinkle the sprinkles and sugar pearls over the chocolate quickly before it has a chance to cool. Allow the chocolate to set, approximately 15-20 minutes before breaking apart.


Serving: 0gCalories: 708kcalCarbohydrates: 108gProtein: 10gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 122mgPotassium: 394mgFiber: 9gSugar: 59gVitamin A: 350IUVitamin C: 3.4mgCalcium: 141mgIron: 5.5mg
Keyword bait, cereal, leprechaun, snack
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13 comments on “10-Minute Leprechaun Bait”

  1. Such an adorable treat for the kiddos on St. Patty’s Day!

  2. This is awesome! My youngest usually baits the leprechauns with a trail of coins, but this would be so much more fun.

  3. What a fun treat for St. Patty’s Day! I love the name too! so cute!

  4. So cute! Good luck catching one of those slippery little fellows!

  5. Such a fun treat for kids…sharing with friends that have little ones

  6. I love the name of this. It’s so catchy and I think kids will love it. I’ll definitely be making this with my little guy!

  7. What a cute treat for St. Patrick’s Day! And love those little buckets. 🙂

  8. Oh my gosh, I was just thinking about making something like this! Such a great treat for the leprechaun trap!

  9. This is SO incredibly cute! I do admit to loving Lucky Charms…and of course the kids love it, so I think we need to make a big batch of this.

  10. What an adorable little treat and activity. We never did the whole leprechaun trap thing. Instead we just always got pinched if we didn’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day…haha

  11. This is so cute!! Good luck (?) catching a leprechaun!

  12. I love this! Haven’t tried it yet but just finished making it. I tried to triple the batch and I feel like the amounts of ingredients are way off – had I added all the chocolate I would have had a huge mess. I don’t think I have much more than 6 cups total, despite tripling. Could there be some mis measurements in the directions?

    • Hi Kirsten! There’s four cups alone of popcorn and cereal, then another 1 1/2 cups of candy so that there is 5 1/2 cups of the snack mix. The ratios are definitely accurate in the recipe so I’m sorry you didn’t yield the amount you were shooting for when you tripled the recipe. Thank you so much for trying it and let me know if you have any other questions I can help you out with.

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