DIY :: How to Make Chocolate Nests

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I have a long over due tutorial to share with you today, and it’s something I’ve used in a couple of different parties I’ve styled – chocolate candy nests.  These chocolate nests are so cute and appropriate for Spring and Easter entertaining, as well as Nesting showers, or Woodland birthday parties.

I’m not the genius who created the idea, but I have used them in some cute presentations. For instance, above you can see how I placed them in small hanging bird cages and hung them from above, in this kids garden party. And below, you may remember I wrapped them up as favors for the Little Birdies baby shower I styled.

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These chocolate nests are super easy to make. The hardest part is trying to keep from eating them before you serve them! I make mine with dark chocolate because it’s my favorite, but you can use milk chocolate if you like.

These are a sweet treat that grown ups will love just as much as the kid will, too. Ready to get started?!

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Chocolate Nests

  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate for melting
  • 1 cup crunchy chow mein noodles
  • 1 cup shredded wheat cereal, broken & shredded
  • Candy eggs, jelly beans, or Jordan almonds
Melt chocolate over a double boiler, on low heat.
Add chow mein noodles & cereal, and combine until thoroughly coated.
Place mixture inside the wells of a muffin tin, and press mixture down in the middle to create a “nest” shape.
Place candy eggs, jelly beans, or Jordan almonds inside the nests, and refrigerate until chocolate is set.

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If you present your chocolate nests in a mini cage like I did, make sure to set them on top of a piece of decorative scrapbook paper {or other liner} to keep them food safe.

With a week and a half until Easter you have plenty of time to plan on making these. You can make them several days ahead and keep them in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Let me know if you give them a try. Cheers!

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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and contributor to, Marie Callender's, and SheKnows. Most recently her work has been published in Woman's World, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.

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