Leprechaun Bait Bars

Leprechaun Bait Bars. Chocolate, mint and bit of gold to boot. Sure to attract leprechauns and humans alike! - BoulderLocavore.com

I LOVE St. Patrick’s Day but found myself feeling caught off guard and a bit behind when new crafts and recipes began showing up on the internet before Valentine’s Day.  I thought the months-in-advance promotion of decor and internet content was reserved solely for Christmas and Halloween. Often my mercurial holiday muse doesn’t appear on command.  It can be anything from a change in the wind velocity or a scent in the air that causes a recipe idea to spring forth for me; go figure.

Leprechaun Bait Bars. Chocolate, mint and bit of gold to boot. Sure to attract leprechauns and humans alike! - BoulderLocavore.com

I try to be sure to share a well-rounded selection of recipes with you, covering easy delicious dinners, desserts, healthy options, breakfast choices and cocktails.  The time is feeling apropos for both something gooey and sweet, as well as to start thinking about St. Patrick’s Day!

Leprechaun Bait Bars. Chocolate, mint and bit of gold to boot. Sure to attract leprechauns and humans alike! - BoulderLocavore.com

I don’t know your personal feelings about leprechauns.  I was enchanted with them as a child and have loved their depictions in movies over the years.  I will say we have one that visits our house every St. Patrick’s Eve and turns the house on its ear!  We arrive downstairs in the morning to find chairs stacked to the ceiling a la Poltergeist circa 1982.  Often shamrock stickers adorn everything from fruit to door handles.  I finally had to write a note requesting they discontinue tainting the toilet water green as it was causing an annual trip to Home Depot on March 18 to replace all the seat covers that bore a permanent reminder of the shenanigans in brilliant, permanent shade of emerald.  Now just the milk is turned green.

Leprechaun Bait Bars. Chocolate, mint and bit of gold to boot. Sure to attract leprechauns and humans alike! - BoulderLocavore.com

So my friends, it is with this background that I will share a recipe for Leprechaun Bait Bars.  A chocolate cookie crust is covered with gooey chocolate chips, mint M & M’s, mini marshmallows and Andes mint rectangles.  Of course we know they love gold so some yellow Mega M & M’s are thrown in for good measure.

Leprechaun Bait Bars. Chocolate, mint and bit of gold to boot. Sure to attract leprechauns and humans alike! - BoulderLocavore.com

I’ll let you decide is you dare bait a leprechaun.  You have been warned!  Though I’ll add the bars also attract husbands, wives, children, co-workers, boyfriends, girlfriends and mail men too.

Leprechaun Bait Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 30 2-1/2 inch by 1-1/2 bars or 51 1-1/2 inch by 1-1/2 inch bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten-free Chocolate Cookie Crumbs* or 1 ½ cups regular Chocolate Cookie crumbs if not gluten-free
  • ½ cup Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 1 14-ounce can Sweetened Evaporated Milk
  • 1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup Dark Chocolate Mint green M&M’s
  • 1 cup Mini Marshmallows
  • 1 4.67-ounce package Andes Crème de Menthe Thins (28 pieces), unwrapped and cut in half horizontally to make 2 squares per rectangular thin
  • ¼ cup Yellow Mega M&M’s (the amount of yellow found in a 10.20-ounce bag of mixed Mega M&Ms)

Instructions

  1. Butter or spray with non-stick spray a 9-inch by 13-inch baking pan. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl combine cookie crumbs with the melted butter. Mix well and spoon into the prepared baking pan. Press down into pan to form a crust.
  3. Drizzle half of the sweetened evaporated milk over the cookie crumb crust and smooth out with the back of a spoon.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chocolate chips, Mint M&M’s, Andes mints and marshmallows. Toss to fully combine. Distribute evenly over the crust.
  5. Drizzle the remaining sweetened evaporated milk over the entire mixture in the baking pan. Evenly distribute the yellow Mega M&M’s over the top.
  6. Bake the bars for 25-30 minutes until the marshmallows and condensed milk begin to turn golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool fully before slicing. Tip: after the bars cool to room temperature, put them in the refrigerator to chill before cutting. This allows firm bars to be cut.

Notes

*I make the crumbs using gluten-free chocolate cookies ground in a food processor.

http://boulderlocavore.com/leprechaun-bait-bars/

Leprechaun Bait Bars. Chocolate, mint and bit of gold to boot. Sure to attract leprechauns and humans alike! - BoulderLocavore.com

Comments

    • says

      Ha, ha! I find walking into retail stores, craft stores especially, are the indicator of the holiday coming within the next 6 months they start displays so early. March 17th is your date.

  1. says

    I don’t know if they will bait a leprechaun but they sure look like they will bait everyone in my family, lol. I love this recipe and I love all of the color for St. Patrick’s Day too,.

  2. says

    Delicious goodies like Leprechaun Bait Bars look like the perfect thing to make for St Patrick’s Day snacks and gifts. I like the idea of yellow M&Ms to attract their greedy love for gold.

  3. says

    Mmmm those are making me feel all kinds of lucky. It’s nice to see St. Patrick’s Day treats that aren’t all about drinking. Can’t wait to make these with my family.

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