Since as far back as I remember, we’ve been making Easter Nests in my family each year. As the years went on, and the piles of Easter eggs grew and became , the nests became something special to look forward to every year. As a child the nests would simply be Rice Krispie cakes with some mini chocolate eggs in them, but over the years they’ve become a little more “pimped”. The fun thing about them is they are customisable to whoever will be eating them, and you can pack them up with a mix of your favourite treats! They are a great and easy way to occupy kids during their Easter holidays, allowing them to get creative with their favourite treats and fight over who gets to lick the bowl!
You can put as many or as few of the extras into the nest mixture as you feel like – I generally tend to go with whatever’s on offer! Top the nests with whatever is a favourite in your house – I usually load them with some Lindor, Caramel Eggs, Smarties, jellies and Kinder Schoko-Bons.
When melting the chocolate, I always use a really low heat and a massive pot. I used to use a bain marie, placing a bowl over a pot of boiling water, but if any steam gets into the chocolate at all, it will seize and become really grainy. You can also melt the chocolate in a microwave, just do so with lots of small burst rather than in one go, as the chocolate may burn.
Another option is to use a large mixing bowl or trifle bowl to make a giant nest to have for any egg hunt parties you may be hosting! If you don’t want to use tin foil for one reason or another, oil the bowl with some sunflower oil before you fill it with the nest mixture.
Makes 4 large
- 300 g good quality chocolate (can use a mix of milk and dark, or whatever you prefer!)
- 80 g shortbread biscuit (~4 fingers)
- 40 g Corn Flakes
- 120 g Rice Krispies
- 4 Twix bars
- 4 Crunchie bars
- 4 handfuls of Malteasers
- 4 KitKat bars
- 4 bowls
Line the bowls with tinfoil.
Melt the chocolate over a low heat.
Crush the shortbread biscuit into a fine crumb. Chop the bars into bite-sized pieces.
Add the crushed biscuits and chopped bars to the melted chocolate and mix together.
Add the Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies to the mixture, and stir well to combine.
Spoon the mixture into the bowls, pressing a little hollow in the middle with the back of a spoon.
Before it sets, add all of your treats into the nests so that they stick.
Leave to set for ~2 hours.
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