Monday, March 4, 2013

How to make chocolate birds' nests

Bird Nest
(Photo credit: Sikachu!)

One of my favorite aspects of Easter-and Spring in general-is how colorful everything becomes. From pastel Easter dresses and bonnets to brightly colored eggs to the leaves and flowers that are awakening from their Winter slumber-Spring comes to life in a vibrant way. These coconut birds' nests are a cute and yummy way to celebrate the arrival of Spring.
  • 1 pound green chocolate coating
  • (1) 7 ounce package shredded coconut
  • jelly beans
Line 2 baking sheet with waxed paper and set aside. Pour chocolate coating in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until coating is nearly melted, stirring well after each 30 seconds. Once coating is nearly melted, stir well until it has melted completely and is smooth in consistency. Stir in coconut and mix well. Allow mixture to cool slightly so nests will keep their shape. Drop mixture by rounded spoonfuls onto waxed paper and hollow each out with the back of a spoon, creating a nest shape. While still slightly warm, fill with jellybeans, pressing each in slightly so they adhere to the nest. Allow to cool completely before storing.
Cook's Notes: This recipe is very easy to adapt to individual tastes. You can use any type of chocolate coating you wish to make these cute treats. If you don't like coconut, you can use a wide variety of ingredients in its place-granola, breakfast cereals, pretzel sticks, roughly crushed potato chips and chow mein noodles all work well. The candy filling is as easy to adapt as the nest itself-Sixlets, malted milk balls/eggs, miniature candies and small molded chocolates all work well and are festive choices. You can also easily adjust the size of your nests to the size of the treats you are filling them with!

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