Last updated on March 27th, 2023 at 04:54 pm
We’re sharing our recipe for a sweet and salty Mardi Gras snack mix plus some more fun Mardi Gras crafts and recipes. They’re the perfect additions to your celebration!
After the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, it feels like there’s just too much winter left before spring finally arrives! Don’t you agree?
We need a little celebration after weeks and weeks of gloomy weather. Enter: Mardi Gras!
If you’re from the northern part of the US, you may have never celebrated, but no matter where you live, there’s no reason you can’t start celebrating the holiday this year!
So, in case you’re not exactly sure…what exactly is Mardi Gras?
Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, is celebrated mostly in the Gulf Coast region. It typically falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, but has evolved into a week-long festival in some areas.
The holiday is known for its parades, costumes, colorful bead throws, and king cake. If you really want to celebrate, head to New Orleans, Mobile, Alabama, or Galveston, Texas.
Of course, the most famous Mardi Gras celebration is in New Orleans, where the event has been celebrated for centuries with elaborate parades, live music, and street parties.
Let’s Celebrate Mardi Gras
Are you ready to plan your celebration? We’re here to help. To start, here’s the perfect little party snack. It’s bascially Mardi Gras in a dish, with the colors of the holiday combined into a delicious sweet and salty treat.
By the way, it’s easy to customize this snack mix for any holiday. Where you see “mardi gras” colors in this recipe, substitute the appropriate colors for the holiday you’re celebrating–or how about sports’ team colors?
Mardi Gras snack mix variations
Wherever you see purple, green, and yellow in our recipe, swap out the ingredients for these colors instead:
- Valentine’s Day — pink, white, and red
- St. Patrick’s Day — green and white
- Easter — any pastels, like pink, yellow, light blue, light green, and light purple
- Memorial Day/Independence Day/Labor Day — red, white, and blue
- Halloween — orange
- November/Autumn — orange, brown, yellow
- Christmas — red and green
- Hanukkah — blue and white
Note: You can make this recipe super simple by buying pre-made muddy buddies.
Mardi Gras Snack Mix
- 4 cups Chocolate Rice Chex
- 5 cups Muddy Buddies recipe below
- 1/2 cup purple and green M&M’s
- 16 Pretzel squares
- 8 Wilton purple chocolate melts
- 8 Wilton lime green chocolate melts
- Chocolate sunflower seeds — purple green, and yellow
- Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Set aside.
- Place 8 pretzel squares on a microwave safe plate and microwave for 20 seconds to warm the pretzels.
- Place the 8 purple melts in the middle of each warm pretzel and microwave for an additional 20-30 seconds until the chocolate melt is soft.
- Let cool on the baking sheet for at least 5 minutes.
- Repeat steps 2-4 using the green chocolate melts.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the chocolate Chex cereal, (muddy buddies recipe below), and purple and green pretzels. Toss to mix.
- Sprinkle the M&M’s and sunflower seeds on top.
- 9 cups Rice Chex cereal
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1/4 cup butter 1/2 stick – room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- Place the Rice Chex cereal in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
- In a medium microwaveable bowl, add the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter. Microwave for 1 minute, and stir.
- Microwave for an additional 30 seconds until smooth.
- Add the vanilla, and stir to incorporate.
- Pour mixture over the cereal, and stir to get all of the pieces covered.
- Transfer the cereal into a large Ziploc bag (one gallon or larger).
- Pour the powdered sugar into the bag and seal it. Gently shake the bag until all of the cereal pieces are evenly coated with the powdered sugar.
- Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
- Carefully, pour out the cereal onto the baking sheet, and spread out to cool.
- Once cooled, add to the above Mardi Gras Snack Mix recipe.
More Mardi Gras crafts & recipes
Now, how about some more Mardi Gras recipes and DIYs? What a fun way to prepare for the big day (for you and the kids)!
- DIY Mardi Gras Mask Craft Create your own beautiful, glittering mask. Top it off with plenty of with colorful feathers!
- King Cake Sprinkles Bread This king cake sprinkles bread is a fun twist on the much loved Mardi Gras dessert. The perfect easy treat to give the kids on Fat Tuesday.
- Mardi Gras Candy Bark Recipe This Mardi Gras Candy Bark recipe is such an easy and tasty way to incorporate green, yellow, and purple into your Mardi Gras party.
- Free Printable Mardi Gras Bingo Celebrate Mardi Gras with this fun-filled free printable Mardi Gras Bingo Game.
- Mardi Gras Mask Paper Plate Craft To make this Mardi Gras paper plate mask, you can use whatever craft supplies you have on hand, and of course, a paper plate. If you don’t have any feathers, use artificial flowers or ribbon instead.
- Mardi Gras DIY Cuff Bracelet Here’s a simple Mardi Gras DIY cuff bracelet craft made with a toilet paper roll.
- Duct Tape Mardi Gras Beads There are all kinds of things you can make with duct tape, including these colorful Mardi Gras bead necklaces.
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