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Chocolate Bird Nests
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)
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.
Add Chow Mein Noodles to a large mixing bowl.
Pour melted morsels over the noodles and stir until noodles are coated.
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.
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.
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