Leprechaun Munch for St. Patrick’s Day!

Who’s ready for St. Patrick’s Day?

I love St. Patrick’s Day! And, I love everything about St. Patrick’s Day . . . especially the food!!! And this year, I made a new snack, Leprechaun Munch, for my kids and grandkids. The original recipe is from a Monster Munch I did for Halloween.  I just substituted a few ingredients and had a new treat!

My son, Jason, likes Munch!

When I made the Monster Munch, I gave some to my youngest son, Jason. He LOVED it!!! So, when St. Patrick’s Day was coming, I wanted to make the munch again and give some, not only to Jason, but to all my children and grandchildren. My three grown children all were born in March, so I try to have them all come for a dinner together. This year, I made them “goodie boxes” with their favorite cookies in them, and “goodie sacks” with the Leprechaun Munch.

Leprechaun Munch

Making the Leprechaun Munch . . .

This snack is super easy to make, requiring only a few ingredients:

  • popcorn
  • almond bark
  • peanuts
  • M&M’s
  • green sprinkles . . . for St. Patrick’s Day!

And, putting it together is easy!

Leprechaun Munch

The first step is to place all the ingredients, except the almond bark, in a large bowl. Mix together slightly because the M&M’s and peanuts will fall to the bottom!

Leprechaun Munch

Next, you melt the almond bark, drizzle it on the popcorn mixture, stir to combine well, then turn out onto a foil lined sheet pan. You can, of course, use parchment paper, if you prefer. The last step is to sprinkle with green sprinkles. If you can find green shamrock sprinkles, that would be better, but I didn’t have those:)

Leprechaun Munch

After the munch dries, break up into bite-size pieces and place in zip-top bags, or covered containers until you are ready to serve it. I used the plastic gallon size bags, then separated it into the goodie sacks the next day. Now you have a tasty snack for the week of St. Patrick’s Day!

What is your favorite St. Patrick’s Day snack?

Leprechaun Munch

Leprechaun Munch Recipe

 Ingredients:

  • 2 bags of microwavable  popcorn, unsalted ( you want about 10 cups when popped)
  • 1 cup peanuts, unsalted
  • ½  (15-ounce) bag round pretzels
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag candy-coated chocolate pieces*–(I picked out the green and yellow ones from a couple of bags of M&M’s, plus added some white and green mint ones)
  • 1 (16-ounce) packages almond bark or vanilla candy coating
  • Green sprinkles

Instructions:

  1. Mix popped corn, peanuts and pretzels together in a large bowl.
  2. Sprinkle chocolate-covered candies on top.
  3. Melt almond bark in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.
  4. Pour over the popcorn mixture. Stir until blended well.
  5. Spread out on cookie sheets that have been lined with foil or parchment paper. (You can spray the pan with non-stick cooking spray if you like.)
  6. Sprinkle with green sprinkles. Let dry.
  7. Break into chunks and store in air-tight containers.

NOTE: Do NOT use mini M&M’s . . . I did that once and they all melted!!! 

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