Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Chocolate nests

Ben is my little shopping buddy; he goes with me to run errands on the weekends most of the time.  Our last stop in most stores is the seasonal aisle to check out the new, festive stuff.  So Easter projects are on our minds for our weekend crafts and we decided to start with these chocolate nests. 

I've seen these made with shredded wheat cereal or chow mein noodles and chocolate, but anytime I see chow mein noodles as a component in anything, I default to Fiber One cereal.  There is a Weight Watchers recipe for chocolate haystacks that uses the cereal instead of chow mein noodles...nobody ever notices the difference and it least has some redeeming nutritional quality.

These are super simple and don't take much time to put together.  Ben was able to do all of the work himself, which matters a lot to him.
We put one cup of chocolate chips in a glass bowl and microwaved that for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between until melted.  Then we added in a cup of the Fiber One. There is nothing exact about this "recipe"--we added a little more cereal at a time and stirred it in until the it was coated but there wasn't a ton of chocolate left in the bottom of the bowl. 

Then we put a couple of spoonfuls of the chocolate/cereal mixture into cupcake liners to give them a basic nest shape and left them to cool.  Reese's eggs and jelly beans added the final touch and they were done.  See?  Easy.  And totally adjustable...this made about 12 nests, but we could have just as easily made a smaller batch so I didn't have to figure out where to store the extras.  (I put each of the leftovers into a plastic sandwich bag and popped them in the freezer--they have held up fine.)

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