Easter Bird’s Nest Candy

March 31, 2010

I can't believe Easter is just four days from today! If you're like me and don't enough time to make a cute Easter Bunny Cake or Easter Basket Cupcakes, here's a quick and easy candy treat.

I decided to try two different versions of the Easter Bird's Nests. They're a little messy, but I think they turned out pretty cute.

For the first batch, I used this recipe that calls for butterscotch chips and peanut butter. If I made these again, I would just eliminate the peanut butter. These were more gooey and took longer to set than the ones with just the chips.

Bird's Nests

2 c. butterscotch chips
1 c. peanut butter
2 c. Chow Mein noodles
Any egg shaped Easter candy (I used Robins eggs and M&M')

Cover a baking sheet or pan with waxed or parchment paper. Either melt the butterscotch chips and peanut butter in the top of a double boiler or in the microwave (heat 1 minute, stir, continue heating in 10 second increments until melted and smooth.) Stir in Chow Mein noodles. With buttered fingers shape mixture into one big nest or individual ones. Place on prepared pan. Refrigerate until firm. Fill with jelly beans or other candy.

For the second batch, I simply melted 2 cups white chocolate chips and added 2 cups Chow Mein noodles. I thought the little white nests would look cute with some grass inside them so I made some green grass by adding a few drops of green food coloring to a little coconut and shaking it up inside a baggie.

I think that I like the white chocolate version better but I could have used an extra cup or more of Chow Mein noodles because they seemed a little runnier than they should have been. These firmed up really quickly though which makes it easier to get them decorated if you're in a hurry.

So, what's next in our Easter treat lineup? Come back tomorrow to find out! 🙂


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17 Comments so far

  1. Posted by Michelle

    March 31, 20104:03 pm

    Adorable! I like the lighter colored nests the best but both are too cute!
    .-= Michelle´s last blog post … Drunken Pasta and Olive Spelt Focaccia =-.

  2. Posted by Maggy

    March 31, 20104:12 pm

    These are absolutely adorable. Kids would love making these…and eating them 🙂

  3. Posted by Maria

    March 31, 20104:30 pm

    Fun Easter treat!
    .-= Maria´s last blog post … 2peas3-0 =-.

  4. Posted by Cookin' Canuck

    March 31, 20106:02 pm

    What a cute, easy idea that the kids could help with.
    .-= Cookin’ Canuck´s last blog post … Asparagus, Tomato & Feta Cheese Puff Pastry Tart Recipe =-.

  5. Posted by Kim

    March 31, 20108:06 pm

    Instead of using peanut butter, I used peanut butter CHIPS. They set so quickly, I had to paste the “eggs” onto the nests

  6. Posted by Tracy

    April 1, 20107:58 am

    Super cute – love it!!

  7. Posted by Jenny Flake

    April 1, 20109:09 am

    Those are soooo cute and I bet they are delish!

  8. Posted by marla {Family Fresh Cooking}

    April 1, 20104:29 pm

    These bird nests are so cute and so creative. Happy Easter 🙂
    .-= marla {Family Fresh Cooking}´s last blog post … Sweet Potato Chickpea Soup =-.

  9. Posted by grace

    April 2, 20103:45 am

    i’ve just been inspired by you–what if i made a batch using 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup white chocolate, and 1 cup butterscotch chips? it’s the best of both worlds! 🙂
    these are adorable–happy easter!

  10. Posted by LilSis

    April 2, 20107:16 pm

    Michele – I liked the white chocolate nests better, too.

    Maggy – You’re right. I was wishing that my grandsons were here to help me with these.

    Maria – These were fun to make!

    Cookin’ Canuck – They were easy, a little messy, but the kids would have a blast helping!

  11. Posted by LilSis

    April 2, 20107:17 pm

    Kim – I wish that I had thought to use the PB chips instead of regular peanut butter! They were a little too gooey!

    Tracy – Thanks!

  12. Posted by LilSis

    April 2, 20107:18 pm

    Jenny – Thanks! They were a fun little project. I actually haven’t eaten one of the white chocolate ones but I tasted the peanut butter/butterscotch and they were delish! 🙂

  13. Posted by LilSis

    April 2, 20107:19 pm

    Thanks! And Happy Easter to you too! 🙂

  14. Posted by LilSis

    April 2, 20107:20 pm

    I think that combination of chips would be perfect! 🙂

    What a good idea! Just make sure to use a LOT of chow mein noodles with three cups of chips. Mine were too gooey and could have used more noodles. Good luck if you decide to make them.

  15. Posted by Fuji Mama

    April 7, 20101:40 pm

    I’m saving this idea for next year–too cute!
    .-= Fuji Mama´s last blog post … Utah: Good Fun & Good Food =-.

  16. Posted by sherry

    March 16, 201110:08 am

    We love this for a spring craft that parents can do with their children! Going to post it on our site.

    all the best,
    Sherry + Wendy @ Kiboomu

  17. Posted by Lois Martin

    April 14, 20145:16 pm

    Has anyone tried using just one half cup of peanut butter? I want to try that with the white chocolate, I think the combo would be yummy 🙂


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