In this post: If you’re looking for a fun, easy Easter candy idea, try Bunny Bait – homemade Easter popcorn decorated with candy, sprinkles, and mini eggs. It’s so much fun!


Truthfully I’m not usually one for popcorn or colorful candy. But after a long winter, sometimes a little fun, colorful Easter Popcorn (aka bunny bait) filled with candy and goodies is just what the Spring doctor ordered.

This Easter popcorn snack recipe is easily customizable to your preferences and is the perfect treat combination of sweet and salty and fun! 

You could have it for Easter dessert, Easter movie nights, Easter snacks, or even add it (wrapped in cellophane) to Easter baskets for the kids. 

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Easter Popcorn Ingredients

  • Popcorn – The base of this bunny bait, you can use microwave, air-popped, stovetop, or instant pot popcorn. 
  • Candy melts – Great for melting to add flavor and color. 
  • White chocolate chips – What’s not to love about white chocolate? And melted white chocolate on popcorn – what a treat!
  • Coconut oil – This is to melt together with the candy melts to help them spread and stick to the popcorn. 
  • Food coloring – Add the food coloring to the melted white chocolate chips, to add a little more festive color to this Easter popcorn recipe. Feel free to skip if food coloring isn’t your thing. 
  • Chocolate-covered candies – Preferably in pastel colors. Use Easter candies like M&Ms, mini marshmallows, mini eggs, even peeps! 
  • Mini pretzels – Throw in a few mini pretzels to add some saltiness and balance to all that candy. Use your favorite brand, or grab some gluten-free pretzels. 
  • Sprinkles – Sprinkles in fun pastel Easter colors add a hint of “funfetti.”

Variations

  • You can try all sorts of candies in your Easter popcorn: M&Ms, peanut M&Ms, Smarties, Reese’s Pieces, jelly beans, mini marshmallows, mini eggs, whoppers, or peeps.
  • Change up this Easter popcorn for different seasons and holidays. Use red and green candy melts, food coloring, and candies to make Christmas popcorn. Or try red, pink, and white for Valentine’s Day, red, white, and blue for the Fourth of July, or orange and yellow for fall and Thanksgiving
  • If you and your kiddos can have nuts, consider adding peanut M&Ms, almonds, pecans or candied nuts to your Easter popcorn. 

How to Make Easter Popcorn

01. Prepare the popcorn – Pop your popcorn of choice and place it in a large bowl.

popcorn in metal bowl, pretzels on counter

02. Melt the candy melts – Microwave each candy melt color individually. For each bowl of candy melts, you’ll want to put 1 tsp of coconut oil and microwave in 30-second intervals until completely melted.

03. Melt chocolate chips – Using the double boiler method and put two drops of blue food coloring and 3 drops of red food coloring. 

pink melted chocolate in a white bowl with a spoon

04. Add the melted candy to the popcorn – Drizzle candy melts and melted chocolate on top of the popcorn. Stir and fold to get it as coated as possible.

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05. Add the other candies – Top off with candies, pretzels and sprinkles. Enjoy and happy Easter!

Candied Easter Popcorn with candies and pretzels in a stainless steel bowl

Serving Suggestions

Serve as a fun dessert for the kids (or adults) after Easter brunch or Easter dinner. Or package up in cellophane bags with a pastel tie, and add to the kids’ Easter baskets. 

Tips

  • Try to salt the popcorn while it’s still hot to get it to stick. And maybe slightly oversalt it so that the saltiness balances with all the sweetness. 
  • Make sure to remove any unpopped kernels before making your Easter popcorn mix. 
  • You can crush or smash up some of the larger candies if they seem too large. 

FAQs

How to Store Easter Popcorn

Store your Easter popcorn in an airtight container in a cool dry place. 

How long does this easy Easter popcorn last?

It likely won’t last long! But that’s just because it’s so fun and yummy. 

If you’d like you can eat it the next day, but it’s best served the same day you make it. Otherwise, you may find it’s rather chewy because it will absorb the moisture from the candy. 

Where can I find Easter M&Ms?

Typically Easter M&Ms are available in grocery and other stores in March and April. Plus you can find them on the M&M website.

Dietary Considerations

  • Can be made gluten and dairy-free, based on your choice of candies!
easter popcorn in a metal bowl on a wood counter

Easter Popcorn

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Want a fun, colorful snack that screams Spring? Try this Easter Popcorn recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups popcorn kernels + butter or 2-3 bags of microwave popcorn
  • 1 cup pink candy melts
  • ½ cup white candy melts
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • 3 tsp coconut oil
  • Red food coloring
  • Blue food coloring
  • Chocolate-covered candies, preferably in pastel colors
  • Mini pretzels
  • Pastel-colored sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Prepare your popcorn of choice and place in a large bowl.
  2. Microwave each candy melt color individually. For each bowl of candy melts, you’ll want to put 1 tsp of coconut oil and microwave in 30-second intervals until completely melted.
  3. Melt chocolate chips using the double boiler method and put two drops of blue food coloring and 3 drops of red food coloring.
  4. Pour candy melts and melted chocolate over popcorn. Fold to get it as coated as possible.
  5. Top off with candies, pretzels and sprinkles. Enjoy and happy Easter!

Notes

  • You can try all sorts of candies in your Easter popcorn: M&Ms, peanut M&Ms, smarties, Reese’s Pieces, jelly beans, mini marshmallows, mini eggs, whoppers, or peeps.
  • Change up this Easter popcorn for different seasons and holidays. Use red and green candy melts, food coloring, and candies to make Christmas popcorn. Or try red, pink, and white for Valentine’s Day, red, white, and blue for the Fourth of July, or orange and yellow for fall and Thanksgiving.
  • If you and your kiddos can have nuts, consider adding peanut M&Ms or other candied nuts to your Easter popcorn.
  • Try to salt the popcorn while it’s still hot to get it to stick. And maybe slightly oversalt it so that the saltiness balances with all the sweetness.
  • Make sure to remove any unpopped kernels before making your Easter popcorn mix.
  • You can crush or smash up some of the larger candies if they seem too large.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 423Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 346mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 4gSugar: 29gProtein: 5g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily via Nutrifox.

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