This is such an adorable treat for a kids’ Easter party! We got our edible bird’s nest inspiration from Unsophisticook and they were incredibly easy and kid-friendly to make. My little ones loved making them, and then showing them off at their kids’ Easter party!
To Make the Edible Bird’s Nest
What you need:
3 cups mini marshmallows
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups dry chow mein noodles
small decorative candies (Peeps chicks, jelly beans, chocolate eggs, etc.)
What to do:
Put the marshmallows and the butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat until they are melted together, stirring often. (Measuring and pouring provide such wonderful learning opportunities for little ones!)
Once melted, remove the pot from the heat and stir in the chow mein noodles. Remove the mixture from the pot and put it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to cool. (You will definitely want to give yourself time to let it cool or else it will be way too sticky and impossible to shape into nests)
Once cooled, break off pieces of the mixture and roll into balls. Tip: whenever I mold rice krispie treats (and these) I either spray my hands with cooking spray or rub butter all over them. It makes it so much easier to shape them without the marshmallow sticking to your hands!
Once you have all of your balls made, begin to mold the nests by pressing your thumb into the middle shaping the outside with your fingers (more butter on your thumbs and fingers for this as well!).
Once you have all of your nests made, complete the treats with candies, peeps, etc., or have kids at a party fill them with whatever they would like! It would be fun to set some different candies out in bowls and lets the kids decorate these treats themselves.
To bring to our party, M decorated them for all of the kids. He chose to add speckled jelly beans that looked like bird’s eggs and colored peeps. I love how our edible bird’s nest came out!
Check out how we used a similar recipe to make our farm-themed, haystack treat!
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