Chocolate Birds Nests

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on April 14, 2011

Something simple. Something fun. Something sweet that doesn’t take much time. And yet, when these babies are done, man oh man, do they impress people. I took a batch over to a play date earlier this week and my friends just gushed, gushed, about how cute they were.

Chocolate Bird's Nests

I have to say, I agree. They are pretty darn cute. And tasty. It’s like a rice crispie treat’s long lost cousin. They share some of the same traits, but man do they taste different.

What better way to celebrate Easter than with a chocolate-filled chocolate birds nest? Plus they are easy enough, tasty enough and fun enough {hello messy hands} that the kids can get involved. Just be warned, these will not last long. You may need to make a double batch.

Or triple. I won’t judge.

Chocolate Bird's Nests

 

Chocolate Birds Nests

Chocolate Birds Nests

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups crispy chow mein noodles
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • pastel M&Ms or jelly beans
  • 12 marshmallow bunnies or Peeps

Instructions

  1. Spray a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the marshmallows and butter. Microwave for 1 minute then stir. If the marshmallows are not completely melted, microwave for an additional 30-45 seconds, until the marshmallows are melted. Stir the marshmallow and butter mixture until it is smooth. Add the vanilla extract and chocolate chips, stir to combine. Add the chow mein noodles and stir until the noodles are completely and evenly covered with the mixture.
  3. Evenly divide the chow mein noodles among the 12 muffin tin holes. Using a spoon sprayed with nonstick spray, or your hands sprayed with nonstick spray, mold the noodles into a nest shape. Sprinkle with M&M's or jelly beans and place in the refrigerator to harden.
  4. Before serving, melt a few chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Dip the marshmallow bunnies or Peeps into the melted chocolate, then place them in the center of the nests.
  5. Store the nests at room temperature in a sealed container for up to a week. The marshmallows/Peeps will get stale quickly, so add those right before serving.
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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Martha April 14, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Hi Allison, Thanks for hosting another yummy party! Have a great weekend!

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2 Kim April 14, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Thanks for stopping by my blog and inviting me to your linky party! :)

You chocolate Easter nests are so cute and yummy looking! I made something similar a few weeks back using white chocolate haystacks and mini cadbury eggs. I’d love for you to check it out sometime! Also, feel free to come by on Sunday and share your wonderful recipe with Do Sweet Sundays! :)

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3 Allison April 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Thanks for the invite, I’ll stop by again on Sunday. I love a good recipe linky!

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4 mickey April 14, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Love those little nests. Thanks for hosting :0
mickey

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5 Amanda@TheHomemadeKitchen April 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm

My daughter would love these:) Very cute:)

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6 Jerri April 14, 2011 at 11:00 pm

I linked up my waffles this week. Not really a dessert, but my husband says it should be! =)

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7 Allison April 15, 2011 at 10:37 am

That totally counts! Can’t wait to check out your recipe.

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8 jessica April 15, 2011 at 7:09 am

How cute! I love this for the kids!

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9 Wenderly April 15, 2011 at 8:41 am

So cute! And thanks for inviting me to link up! Happy Sweet Tooth Friday!

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10 carolinaheartstrings April 15, 2011 at 10:00 am

Alli those are just too cute. Love them.

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11 KLZ April 15, 2011 at 10:18 am

Hey, do you think I could substitute shoe string potatoes for chow mein noodles? I’ve got a ton in the house I need to use.

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12 Allison April 15, 2011 at 10:36 am

I bet you could. You can’t go wrong with a sweet and salt combination. Let me know how they turn out.

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13 Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook April 15, 2011 at 11:34 am

Those are the cutest!

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14 cindy harris April 15, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Looks like a fun treat for the grandkids! Thanks for a great idea.

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15 Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies April 15, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Mmm, cute Easter treats. I bet this is a hit with kids. I just linked up with my Condensed Milk Pound Cake.

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16 Allison April 15, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Thanks for linking up, can’t wait to check out your recipe.

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17 Curly J April 15, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Thanks for stopping by my blog and inviting me to play along!! :)

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18 Kathy April 15, 2011 at 2:21 pm

These look really good! Reminds me of when my children were little and the fun treats we would make together!
Thank you for the invite to your sweet party!
Kathy

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19 Susan April 15, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Hi Allison, and thanks for the invitation to your party! Lots of deliciousness here and I love your darling chocolate bird nests.

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20 Judy April 15, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Thanks for the invite to Sweet Tooth Friday. Your chocolate birds nests are cute! A very attractive Easter treat:)

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21 Anncoo April 15, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Hi Allison, Those little nest looks so cute. Love it!
I linked up – My First Cake Pop!

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22 Liz April 15, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Thanks for the invite! I’m loving the easter nests! Adorable! I linked up a couple sweet treats too, hope you have a great weekend!

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23 meredith moza April 15, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Thanks for the invite to your blog party! I love your nests. I saw those on Foodie Fridays, I think and thought that would be a cute idea to make for my boys!

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24 Bethany April 16, 2011 at 8:18 am

Thank You for the invitie – LOVE the birds nests!

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25 margo April 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm

These look so yummy! My mouth is watering!!!

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26 Beth @ Fare Necessities April 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Thanks so much for the invite! These birds nests are absolutely adorable!

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27 Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING April 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I love your nest eggs (so different)!
Myself and 2 other great bloggers are hosting THIS WEEK’S CRAVINGS and the theme this week is “EASTER COOKIES & TREATS” and I think this is a great recipe for that! We would love for you to stop on by and link up your recipe if you wish! Hope to see you there!!! :-)

http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2011/04/this-weeks-cravings-linky-party-25.html

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28 Shelly April 19, 2011 at 9:57 am

Geat idea for school party snacks. Thanks so much for sharing!

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29 Cares and Mimi April 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Alli! Thanks for the invite. Sorry we’re a little late linking up! Love the chocolate birds nests. Can’t wait to make them! ~ CAres

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30 Vanessa April 23, 2011 at 4:43 am

Thank you so much for linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday} and making my first party such a great success! I would love if you stopped by tomorrow and share more of your cute projects! :)
xoxo,
Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

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31 Kim February 24, 2012 at 9:28 am

They were super easy to make and delicious!! My kids loved them so much they begged me to make them again so they could give to their friends at Easter. I bought some really cute candy bags from Box and Wrap…the one I chose has bunnies on the bag. Half of the gift is in the packaging.

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