DIY Easter Chocolate Bird’s Nest

by | Feb 22, 2018 | Desserts

Happy Easter! Today, I’m showing you how to make individual chocolate covered pretzels shaped like a bird’s nest. This is less of a recipe and more of a food craft. It could be a great activity to do with your kiddos on Easter weekend, or maybe something you can rustle up to take to a classroom party.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

12 oz (340g.) milk chocolate chips
Half pound pretzels sticks broken in half (just makes it easier to shape the nests)
Some kind of candy for the “eggs”. You can use jelly beans, malt balls, robin eggs, jordan almonds, etc. Pick your favorite!

INSTRUCTIONS:

First, cover a cookie sheet with a piece of wax paper. Next, in a small pot, simmer water on low. Place chocolate chips in a heat proof bowl. Place bowl on top of pot. Stir for a few minutes until chocolate is melted.

Add the pretzels to the melted chocolate. Mix until pretzels are coated in chocolate.
Now grab a big ole spoon and drop blobs of the chocolatey-pretzel goodness onto the wax paper. Use fingers to shape the sticks until it resembles a bird’s nest. You can make large nests or small ones (or both!)
Totally up to you, man.

I thought the nests looked great as-is. Kind of rustic and natural and imperfect. Now grab your candy eggs of choice and press them into the top. Place the cookie sheet into the fridge for an hour or so to let them firm up, and then you can remove them from the wax paper.
That’s all there is to it! Wouldn’t these look cute wrapped up in clear cellophane bags and tied with some pastel ribbon? There are several variations to this craft that’ll all result in slightly different looks:

– Use butterscotch or peanut butter chips instead of chocolate for lighter colored nests

– Use chow mein noodles instead of pretzels

– Use muffin tins with liners or parchment paper to create more of a “container” to hold more candy in the center

Have fun with these – leave me a comment if you give them a try. I’d love to see pictures of the outcome!

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