By popular request, here is the recipe for the chocolate birds’ nests I wrote about last week:
- Melt 1 bag of chocolate chips in a medium saucepan or double-boiler
- Stir in 1 bag of chow mein noodles
- When noodles are fully covered in chocolate, scoop out mounds onto wax paper and shape into the form of birds’ nests.
- Place jelly beans into nests to represent bird eggs
- Let sit in the refrigerator overnight
Themes and variations:
I prefer milk chocolate chips, but dark chocolate can also be divine. Add texture to the flavor by throwing in a handful of butterscotch chips or a few dollops of peanut butter.
Some households make birds’ nests with marshmallows instead of chocolate. I personally find marshmallows to be a weak and bland substitute for chocolate. But of course, I would eat it so as not to be rude.
Easter birds’ nests are classically made with chow mein noodles. Alternate and supplemental construction materials may include pretzels, coconut, and Captain Crunch.
When considering the size of the nests, take a species-appropriate approach for your family and guests. Hummingbird nests are tiny and can be eaten in one bite. Crow nests are big and sturdy but can leave a messy trail of twigs that break off with each bite. Warbler nests are medium size and delicately constructed, making for suitable eating by most parties.
Dollar-store jelly beans work fine, but Starburst jelly beans are also lovely. I find Jelly-Bellies too unpredictable for my palate. Say yes to black jelly beans. If you don’t like them, put them on my birds’ nest. Candied eggs can be used in place of jelly beans. Malted Robins’ eggs are my favorite, while M&Ms, Skittles, Mike & Ikes, and even candy corn will work in a pinch
Ready to try it?
You can find lots of pictures and more detailed recipes on Google or Pinterest. But this is one of those recipes where you really can’t mess up. Grab your young ones, and the old ones too, and see what fabulousness you can create in the name of birds’ nests.
PS–send me pictures!