Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bird's Nest Treat

Last night for our treat we had bird's nests.  I've seen several ideas like this around the internet . . . but no exact amounts for the ingredients.  I think it will take some trial and error.  Next year I'll use a little less chocolate.

Here is what you will need:

*crunchy chow mein noodles
*milk chocolate chips (I used an entire bag)
*peanut butter
*jelly beans or other colorful egg shaped candy
*marshmallow peeps

I melted the chocolate over low heat over the stove and then added a few scoops of peanut butter (because who doesn't like the chocolate/peanut butter combination?)  Once that was all melted, I added nearly the entire can of noodles (I probably would have put the whole thing in, but I needed some for a dinner I had planned later in the week).  Then stir until the noodles are all coated.  Next, I put piles of the mixture on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper.  Shape into little nests.  I found that after I had shaped them it was good to put them in the freezer for a bit so that they set.

Once they were all hardened I let the boys put eggs and a bird into their nest.  The boys thought this was pretty neat . . . and delicious (as evidenced by the chocolate covering my 3-year-old's face.)

**I have seen all different versions of this.  Some use the chow mein noodles but make them like rice crispy treats.  Others just make rice crispy treats shaped like nests.  None put the peanut butter in the chocolate mixture . . . so you could leave that out.  Just experiment and have fun with it!  Your kids will thank you!


  1. Yummy!! My mom always made these and her recipe is more like rice crispies as well and we put jelly beans in it. I LOVE the chocolate idea and the peanut butter is EVEN better!!

  2. love these! so darling with the peep chick inside (and with those cute little faces beside!)

  3. Have you seen directions for making them with muffin cups? Much easier to get a nest shape.

    I like your blog, btw. I hopped over from one pretty thing.

  4. Erica, using muffin cups is a great tip! I'll have to try that next time. Thanks!