Wednesday, April 16, 2014

At Home: Chocolate Robin's Egg Nests

In honor of spring and the upcoming Easter holiday, I thought these Chocolate Robin's Egg Nests would be adorable. I've seen them pinned before, and needed to make a treat for a bake sale at work, so challenge... ACCEPTED!  Since Easter candy is prevalent this time of year, it's the best time to make these treats.  They make great decoration pieces for larger cakes, too.  Check out the easy no-bake steps below on What Micky Eats...At Home.

Chocolate Robin's Egg Nests (Adapted from Pastry Affair. Yields 12 nests.)
  • 3 cups crispy chow mein noodles
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or candy melts
  • 36 candy robin eggs (I used mini whoppers, but you could use jelly beans, foil wrapped eggs, or anything egg shaped)

- In a medium glass bowl, melt the chocolate in the microwave in intervals of 30 seconds. Stir until smooth.
- Add in the chow mein noodles and stir until evenly coated.
- Line a muffin tin with plastic wrap.
- Fill each opening with a handful of noodles and form a nest, pressing down in the center.
- Place 3 candy eggs in each nest.
- Continue doing so until all the noodles are used.
- Refrigerate the nests to set the chocolate for 30-45 minutes before serving.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

You can use broken up pieces of mini pretzel sticks instead of the chow mein noodles. But the noodles are already squiggly in shape and look more like natural twigs to me.  You can also add peanut butter or butterscotch candies to the melted chocolate to give a different flavor.  However, I like plain chocolate best and find the nests hold together better this way.  Alternatively, if you do not have a muffin tin, you can simply drop the chocolate noodles onto a flat cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  The nests will be more flat that way, but still taste as good.  What are you favorite Easter treats to make?

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