You can make these cute little candy nests for a spring or Easter treat. These treats are great to serve at parties. You’ll need some adult supervision to melt the chocolate.
- A large mixing bowl and a spoon
- 1 cup chocolate chips and/or peanut butter chips
- 1 1/2 cups chow mein noodles and/or cereal (like crispy rice cereal, cornflakes, or crumbled-up shredded wheat)
- A muffin pan or a flat baking pan
- Aluminum foil or Waxed paper
- Candy that looks like bird eggs (peanut M&M's, jelly beans, or yogurt-covered almonds)
- Optional – Marshmallow chicks
Put a piece of aluminum foil (or waxed paper cut into squares) on top of a muffin pan or a flat baking pan (a flat baking pan makes flat nests). If using a muffin pan, make indentations in the paper or foil in each of the depressions. If you’re using waxed paper, try cutting individual squares of paper for each of the muffin holes (this makes the waxed paper maintain the cup shapes).
Have an adult melt the chocolate chips (and/or peanut butter chips) in the microwave or in a double boiler (do not overheat the chocolate or it gets grainy). When they are melted, mix the chocolate with the chow mein noodles or cereal in a large bowl.
Working quickly (before the chocolate solidifies), put a few spoonfuls of the chocolate mixture in each cup of the muffin pan. This forms little nests.
If you’re using a flat pan? After putting the mixture on the pan, make an indentation in it with the back of a spoon.
Put a few egg-shaped candies in each of the little nests. If they won’t stick, use a dab of peanut butter or marshmallow cream to glue them in.
Let the nests cool. If you like, add a marshmallow chick to each nest (glue it with peanut butter or marshmallow cream). You now have cute candy nests to eat and enjoy.
For a non-chocolate version of these nests, use marshmallows melted with a little butter instead of the chocolate mixture (use the Rice Krispies treats recipe: 3 tablespoons butter, 1 package (10 oz.) marshmallows, 6 cups cereal).