This Leprechaun Bait Chex Mix is like a pot of gold at the end of your mixing bowl – quick, easy, and magically delicious!

Chex mix in a St. Patrick's Day serving cup.

It costs approximately $14.55 to make this recipe. The recipe makes eleven servings for about $1.32 per serving. 

What You’ll Love About This Leprechaun Bait Recipe:

  • Versatile: This recipe is a great treat for school parties, teacher’s gifts, party favors, whatever!
  • Minimal Ingredients: This St. Patrick’s Day snack requires only five ingredients: Rice Chex, pretzel sticks, Dark Chocolate Mint M&Ms, Ghirardelli White Chocolate Chips, and green sprinkles.
  • Kid-Friendly: Grab the kiddos to help make this recipe. They’ll love the hands-on fun and their ability to be creative when making the bait mix.

Leprechaun Bait Ingredients and Cost:

Per Serving Cost: $1.32

Recipe Cost: $14.55

  • 12-ounce bag white chocolate chips – $3.99
  • 8 cups Rice Chex cereal – $3.63
  • 1 cup pretzel sticks – $0.65
  • 9.6-ounce bag mini M&Ms – $4.78
  • ¼ cup green sprinkles – $1.50

NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The recipe cost is calculated by the amounts needed for the recipe. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have. I updated the pricing for this recipe in February 2024.

All of the ingredients needed to make this recipe.

How To Make Leprechaun Bait

  1. Melt chocolate chips (30 sec, 50% power, stir, repeat until melted).
  2. Combine Chex, pretzels, and M&Ms.
  3. Pour melted chocolate over the mixture and stir to coat.
  4. Spread on parchment paper, sprinkle with jimmies, and cool for one hour before serving. 

All of the ingredients needed to make this recipe.

Recipe Variations:

  • This great, versatile recipe allows you to swap out different kinds of M&Ms and sprinkles to fit any holiday or party theme.
  • You’ll want to work quickly when sprinkling the jimmies on top of the Chex mix because it sets up quickly, and they won’t stick to the white chocolate. 

Leprechaun Bait Storage Tips

SERVE: Remember that once you coat the snack mixture with chocolate, you need to let it sit for an hour, or else you’ll have a gooey mess. Then you can enjoy it!

STORE: In an airtight container, leprechaun bait can be kept at room temperature for up to five days.

FREEZE: Use a freezer bag to store leprechaun bait for up to 6 months.

REHEAT: Don’t reheat your leprechaun Chex mix! Instead, let it thaw on the counter again at room temperature.

An overhead picture of the finished Leprechaun Bait Chex Mix after it's dry.

Recipe FAQs

What are you supposed to leave in a leprechaun trap?

If you are building a Leprechaun trap with your kiddos, this Leprechaun Bait is the perfect treat to leave inside. Everyone loves this holiday Chex mix, even Leprechauns! 

Is it cheaper to buy Chex Mix or make your own?

The total will vary depending on what you add to Leprechaun bait and what you already have in your Chex mix o. To buy everything needed for this recipe, you will spend less than $15.00. However, to buy the finished Chex Mix, which does not come with the M&Ms or chocolate chips, you will pay around $11.00 for an 8-ounce bag. Once you add the M&Ms and chocolate chips and make the same amount of servings as this recipe (11 cups), you will be well over $15.00.

The finished Leprechaun Bait recipe in a white serving bowl.

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Leprechaun Bait Chex Mix in a small bowl
5 from 6 votes

Leprechaun Bait Chex Mix

Recipe Cost $ $14.55
Serving Cost $ $1.32
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
11 people
This Leprechaun Bait Chex Mix is so quick, easy, and fun to make. It’s a great treat for school parties, teacher’s gifts, party favors, etc!


  • heat-safe bowl
  • large mixing bowl
  • rubber scraper
  • parchment paper
  • airtight container


  • 11 ounce bag white chocolate chips
  • 8 cups Rice Chex Cereal
  • 1 cup pretzel sticks broken in half
  • 9.6 ounce bag mint M&Ms candies
  • ¼ cup green jimmies or sprinkles (about 1 ounce of jimmies)


  • In a heat-safe bowl, add the chocolate chips and melt in the microwave for 30 seconds on 50% power.
  • Stir and repeat until the chips are completely melted.
  • Combine the Chex, pretzel sticks, and M&Ms in a large bowl.
  • Pour the melted white chocolate over the Chex mixture and carefully stir until coated.
  • Spread the mixture over a long strip of parchment paper and sprinkle with jimmies.
  • Let it cool and harden for about 1 hour.
  • Break apart and store in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.


  • This recipe will make about 11 cups of Chex mix.
  • You’ll want to work quickly when sprinkling the jimmies on top of the Chex mix because it sets up quickly, and they won’t stick to the white chocolate. 


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 283mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 428IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 159mg | Iron: 7mg

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  1. Dorothy Teel says:

    Wow this looks good and it is so easy and I know that my grand daughters will love it, maybe we will even catch a Leprechaun sneaking pieces.. LOL

  2. This sounds so yummy…thank you very much for sharing.

  3. oh this looks delicious

  4. Kait Welch (@ChickadeeSays) says:

    Oh my goodness this is SO cute! Pinned onto my St. Pats board!

    xx Kait

  5. love this! such a cute recipe for my toddler class!

    1. My toddler loved making this with me, it should be a hit with your class. Enjoy! 🙂

  6. DanielleD says:

    This is adorable, I will be making for my daughters class next week!

    1. Fantastic, enjoy! 🙂

  7. DesignedByBH says:

    This looks great! And I love the tea party idea. 🙂 Pinning!

    – Brooke –

  8. fuller255 says:

    Sure to attract lots of leprechauns with this bait. Looks super yummy.

  9. Sweta Kanguri Sonulkar says:

    Oh what a tip to add color to chex mix

  10. My Irish hubby loves silly St. Patty’s traditions, thanks!

    1. I hope he likes the recipe!

  11. Leilani Gamboa says:

    my kids are sure to love this. thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. laurainfairland says:

    AWWW what a cute Idea! So creative! I think you could change the color of the sprinkles for any holiday! Gotta save this one lol! Ty for sharing it!

  13. bianca roman says:

    awe i wish i would’ve seen this sooner! it looks yummy and i like the fact that your 3 year old loves helping you with it. my 4 year old is all about the ‘mixes’ lately and i think he would’ve had a blast with this. i just may make it for the fun of it!

  14. Jenny Lloyd says:

    fun, yummy & simple – my kind of recipe! i am adding this to my pinterest for next year. this is perfect to take to my boys classes as a special treat for “green week” or saint patrick’s day

  15. This was yummy AND fun!

  16. Really interesting combo, good mix recipe.