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a year of color: green leprechaun mix

Leprechaun snack mix, muddy buddies, holidays, St. Patricks Day


Happy St. Patrick’s Day friends! I’m excited that it’s time for another Year of Color post, and also excited to share this “recipe” for an easy leprechaun snack mix with you! Do you guys do the whole mischievous leprechaun thing at your house? We don’t, mainly because I have enough messes to clean up without creating some myself and then letting a leprechaun take credit for it.

But, that doesn’t mean that I won’t fully embrace any type of treat that I can enjoy in the name of St. Patrick’s Day, leprechauns, or the color green.


Leprechaun snack mix, muddy buddies, holidays, St. Patricks Day


This tasty leprechaun snack mix is essentially an adaptation of Muddy Buddies with a little bit of festive mint in place of peanut butter. By the way, can you believe this was the first time that I’ve made Muddy Buddies (well, a variation of them at least)? I never even tried Muddy Buddies until I was 23 when Mike’s sister made some for us and I thought they were the most delicious thing ever. You can imagine how surprised I was when I found out they were actually quite a popular treat! I guess I lived a sheltered life growing up when it comes to sweet snacks…

Just kidding! Oh goodness, I couldn’t even type that with a straight face.

So yes, I never heard of them until I was in my twenties, but I definitely was exposed to many a tasty temptation growing up. Somehow I guess I just missed the Muddy Buddy memo. Say that five times fast.

5 from 1 vote
Leprechaun snack mix, muddy buddies, holidays, St. Patricks Day
Leprechaun Mix
A tasty adaptation on the classic Muddy Buddies with chocolate and mint flavors.
Course: Snack
Author: Justine @ Little Dove
  • 9 cups Chex mix of choice
  • 1 cup White chocolate chips Replace with 1/2 cup of mint chips and 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips if you prefer a more minty flavor, or use 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips if you prefer a stronger chocolate flavor.
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate spread Find this next to the peanut butter at your grocery store.
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Powdered sugar
  • 1 bag Mint chocolate candies (such as M&Ms)
  • Mint chips for drizzling, melted If you prefer less of a mint flavor you can replace wtih chocolate chips.
  1. Pour cereal into a large bowl.

  2. In a separate bowl melt chocolate chips, chocolate spread, and butter uncovered in the microwave for 1 minute on high; stir and microwave longer as needed until mixture can be stirred smooth, about 30 seconds. Add vanilla.

  3. Pour mixture over cereal and mix until evenly coated. Divide and pour into two gallon-sized resealable plastic bags and add powdered sugar. Seal bags and shake until well coated.

  4. Spread on waxed paper to cool and drizzle with melted mint chips. Store in airtight container.


I am so excited for next month when we’ll welcome spring by linking up all our pastel posts! I hope that you’ll join us on Friday, April 21 for our next Year of Color link up!


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Now it’s time to see what all of you have come up with for your green-inspired post! Link up your green posts below and check out some others as well! Remember that anything green goes, recipes, crafts, fashion, photography, anything!

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19 Responses to a year of color: green leprechaun mix

  1. Dara March 17, 2017 at 6:11 am #

    So yummy!

  2. Chanel March 17, 2017 at 8:32 am #

    I totally missed out on doing St. Pattys stuff this year! This seems easy enough to make so I will try it tonight. Thanks girl!

  3. Christina Shoemaker March 17, 2017 at 9:56 am #

    This is so cute and festive! I’d love this for a St Patrick’s Day play date!

  4. Stephanie March 17, 2017 at 10:19 am #

    This looks so good! I make something similar for Easter.I love a good sweet mix for the holidays.

  5. Whitney March 17, 2017 at 12:05 pm #

    Girl, I completely agree- any time is treat time!! 😉

  6. Lindsey March 17, 2017 at 12:07 pm #

    Another adorable St. Patty’s Day treat!! So cute!! 🙂

  7. Cecilia March 17, 2017 at 12:15 pm #

    Happy Friday & St. Patrick’s Day, Justine! Pinned your recipe & linked up a few greenies 😉

  8. Shannon @ Mom Without Labels March 17, 2017 at 8:35 pm #

    This looks so delicious and fun!

  9. Nicole Banuelos March 17, 2017 at 10:49 pm #

    What a fun snack for St. Patricks Day!

  10. Rachel March 18, 2017 at 5:38 pm #

    This looks so yummy! And what a fun St Pats treat!!

  11. Desiree Macke March 18, 2017 at 8:53 pm #

    YUM! The mint M&Ms is genius!
    A leprechaun does make a stop at our house, but only to use the restroom (where he leaves green footprints on the toilet seat and green pee in the toilet) and leave gold coins (also known as chocolate). No messes here!

  12. Jennifer Corter March 19, 2017 at 5:00 am #

    Yummy! This looks so delish! I love Muddy Buddies!

  13. Heather Bramlett March 19, 2017 at 11:37 am #

    We love trail mix at our house! So this will be a huge hit!

  14. Danielle March 19, 2017 at 8:34 pm #

    This looks so tasty! And I love that you can change it up for different holidays!

  15. Lindsey March 20, 2017 at 3:42 am #

    So festive and cute! I love anything that goes along with a holiday. We like to celebrate everything here!

  16. Emily Bogner March 20, 2017 at 9:31 am #

    What a fun idea for St. Patrick’s day!

  17. Stefanie March 21, 2017 at 9:12 pm #

    This is such a cute idea! My kids would eat that so quickly!

  18. Brittney March 22, 2017 at 4:04 pm #

    that looks sooo good! and for other holidays too!

  19. Ashley Newell March 23, 2017 at 7:58 pm #

    That looks so good! I think I might try adding some Ande’s mint pieces too! Yum!! My son loves mint!

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