Posted on April 2, 2015

Chocolate Bird Nests – Treats for Spring and Easter

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Chocolate Bird Nests

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One of my favorite parts of this whole parenting gig is the chance to share fun recipes and other holiday traditions with my kids.  I pull ideas from things my own parents and friends’ parents shared with me, things I used to use in my classroom, and of course, a fair amount of Pinterest browsing.

Back in elementary school, one of my friend’s moms used to make the cutest little treats – chocolate “bird nests” every year around Easter.  I decided to try them this year and was so pleased with how cute they turned out.  One of the best parts?  NO BAKING INVOLVED!

Here’s what you need to make a batch of chocolate bird nests (my own batch yielded about 10 nests):

:: 3 Cups Chow Mein Noodles

:: 1 package milk chocolate morsels

:: 1/2 Cup peanut butter morsels

:: Cadbury Mini Eggs (2-3 eggs per nest)

chocolate bird nest ingredients

How to make:

Line a baking tray with wax paper and set aside.

Melt chocolate and peanut butter morsels.  I used my Wilton Chocolate Pro melter because I had a couple tasks to accomplish that day while Landon napped.  I let the melter do the work for me while I finished some other things.  You could certainly microwave the morsels (20-30 second intervals) until they are melted to move the process along a little quicker.

chocolate peanut butter morsels

melting chocolate

Add Chow Mein Noodles to a large mixing bowl.

Pour melted morsels over the noodles and stir until noodles are coated.

chinese noodles

adding chocolate to chinese noodles

melted chocolate chinese noodles

Dump noodles by large spoonfuls (I actually used a 1/4 measuring cup and dropped heaping cups) onto the wax paper.

Let sit for a few minutes and then use your spoon or fingers to form a shallow well in the middle.  These should resemble little nests when you are finished.

measuring melted chocolate chinese noodles

chocolate bird nest

forming chocolate bird nest

finished chocolate bird nests

Allow chocolate to harden (the quickest way is to place the tray in the refrigerator for a couple of hours).

Keep in a cool spot (like the fridge) until you are ready to serve.

To serve, place 2 or 3 Cadbury Mini Eggs on top of the nest.  If you are putting these out as a holiday or party dessert, they look SUPER CUTE nestled in easter grass or paper shred.

chocolate bird nests

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2 Comments

  • Reply Cindy April 3, 2015 at 8:17 am

    I forgot about these!! My mom used to make them using butterscotch morsels instead of peanut butter! I think I’ll make some as a surprise. :-)

    • Reply mamacheaps April 3, 2015 at 11:54 am

      Ooooo – that would taste great too!

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