I know, I know, you've seen these things all over Pinterest, all over Facebook. I have, too. They are omnipresent this time of year. But this was my and my son's first time actually making them; I thought you might be interested in my very-slightly-healthier take. So, bear with me.
I replaced the "chow mein" noodles you usually see in this recipe with some of Trader Joe's High Fiber Cereal (basically TJ's version of Fiber One). We used good-quality Belgian milk chocolate and a bit of coconut oil. I mean, this ain't health food. It's not even real food, whole food, slow food—or any of the other healthful foods I usually share here. But this dessert is easy, not super junky, and ridiculously cute. Tasty, too!
yield: six nests
- about 3 oz. good milk chocolate
- 1 to 1 1/4 cup High Fiber Cereal
- about 1/2 tsp. coconut oil
- 12-18 chocolate eggs
Melt chocolate and oil in a double boiler or the microwave. Stir until very smooth. Fold in the cereal until it is fully coated with the melted chocolate. Divide the mixture evenly into a six-cup silicon muffin pan (see note below if you don't have this pan).
Using a spoon, push the mixture up on the sides so that the middle of the nest is a bit hollowed out. Place two or three chocolate eggs in each nest, pressing them gently into the melted chocolate so they stick. I used Cadbury Mini Eggs because they are pretty and perfectly speckled and delicious. Too delicious. I can't believe I even let them in my house, they're so delicious and tempting and AAARRRGGGHHH!
OK, let me compose myself. Ahem. Refrigerate the nests for at least 15 minutes, until the chocolate has hardened. Once the nests have set, you can push up the bottom of each muffin reservoir—this is why the silicon pan is handy—to carefully release the nests. Store the nests in an airtight container at room temperature.
NOTE: If you don't have a silicon muffin pan, you can just spoon the chocolate/cereal mixture onto a cookie sheet covered in wax paper; shape them into mounds and press the center a bit so it can hold the eggs.
We had these as an early Easter treat when my son's buddy came over today to decorate eggs.
The chocolate nests were a sweet and adorably messy way for the kids to celebrate together.
Definitely making another batch of chocolate nests for the kids at Easter Sunday dinner! And then I'm definitely cutting out sweets for a while...
Happy Easter, friends!