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28th March, 2013 1 Comment

Chocolate Nests for Easter

posted by: mothercare

I’m sure I’m not the only one out there who feels a bit sad when Easter is over and Cadbury’s Mini Eggs are no longer on sale. There’s just something about the combination of the pastel colours, pseudo-realistic speckles, that sugary smell that wafts out when you open a bag of them and the promise of sunnier days around the corner that elevates them above other sugar-coated chocolates; Smarties and M&Ms just aren’t the same.

Luckily for me (us), Mini Egg season is now upon us, with Easter almost here and what better way to make the most out of them by making Easter nests? Shredded wheat nests are so cute, and like Rice Krispie cakes and Cornflake cakes, kids love making them. It’s also easy to whip up a load of them in a short space of time, making them great for parties.

I made 12 regular cupcake-sized and 12 miniature cupcake-sized nests with this recipe, but it could make 36 mini nests, 18 regular nests or 12 generously-sized nests.

Ingredients:
-6 x Shredded Wheats
-50g milk chocolate
-50g dark chocolate
-70g butter or margarine
-2tbsp golden syrup
-2 x 100g bags of Mini Eggs (or small chocolate eggs of your choice)

Method:
1. Line a muffin pan with cupcake cases (as many as you need, depending on how many you want to make).


2. A job for little chefs: finely crush up the Shredded Wheats with your hands into a large bowl.


3. Whilst your little one is doing this, break up the chocolate and put it, the butter and the syrup into a bowl, and microwave in short, sharp bursts, stirring occasionally until everything is melted.


4. Pour the chocolate mixture over the crushed Shredded Wheat, and stir thoroughly with a spoon: little chefs can take over, now (with a tiny bit of help from you, of course!)



5. Spoon the mixture into the cases- one teaspoonful for mini ones, two for regular ones. Make a dent in the middle for the eggs to rest in.

6. Place the eggs in threes for the regular nests, and in ones for the mini ones.


7. Chill in the fridge for 30mins to firm up.

8. Serve the nests in their cases for mess-free eating, or you can peel the wrappers off for a more ‘organic’ look.


Make It Your Own:
Replace the Shredded Wheat with 100g Cornflakes or Rice Krispies, top with extra melted milk chocolate and sprinkle with hundreds and thousands or mini chocolate beans before chilling for a different take on this colourful treat.


 

 

28th March, 2013 Posted by:Ellie

My friend made these for our easter themed toddler group – they were fab I’m making them today!!

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