Mardi Gras Snack Mix Recipe

Happy King’s Day! It’s officially Mardi Gras season! As we’re preparing you should plan to make this great snack mix. Lots of people asked for this recipe last year (photo above from last year’s party!) It’s a great snack mix for your Mardi Gras party and is pretty simple! You have to make the pretzel melts separate but you just throw everything else in and enjoy! Plus, change up the colors and it can be for any holiday!

I’ve linked the ingredients below on Amazon . . . this isn’t necessarily the best pricing but it helps you know what the product looks like when you’re at the store. I use three different kinds of M&M’s and find these to be the best mixture in a snack mix . . . plain, caramel, and crispy. Some of these you can find in green, yellow, and purple and some you may have to separate out the green and yellow from a regular bag if you want to stick to Mardi Gras colors. 



  • 1.5 cups Cheerios (regular . . . you could use frosted ones but there’s already a good bit of sweet in the mix so regular helps tame the sweetness a bit.)
  • 1 can roasted salted pecans (I find that if you use mixed nuts or peanuts, they’re just too small and crumbly. Pecans are a great size for a snack mix.)
  • 1 bag Chex Mix Oreo Muddy Buddies (Many had no idea what these are or that they exist. If you remember the “Puppy Chow” phase, that’s all it is. So you can make your own from a Puppy Chow recipe or just buy these!)
  • Caramel M&M’s (green, purple and yellow, whatever you can find) 
  • Crispy M&M’s (green, purple and yellow, whatever you can find) 
  • Regular M&M’s (green, purple and yellow, whatever you can find) 
  • 1 bag of Pretzel Squares
  • 1 bag of purple, yellow and/or green Wilton Melts…Michaels has a LARGE selection of these but oddly this week I couldn’t find purple, green or yellow so I got confetti instead!



  • Start by making the pretzel melts. Place pretzel squares on a microwave safe plate and microwave for 20 seconds to warm the pretzels. Place melts in the middle of each warm pretzel and microwave for an additional 20-30 seconds until the chocolate melt is soft but not runny. Let cool for at least 10 minutes. Repeat steps until you have all the pretzel melts you want. (You can do this in the oven, but you’ll need to watch it very closely so it doesn’t melt all the way. You just want it to melt enough to stick to the pretzel.)
  • In a large mixing bowl, add all the above ingredients and gently mix. 
  • The above amount makes one large bowl. Multiply the amounts for however many bowls  you need. 

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

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