05 April 2012

Sweet Chocolate Birds Nests: an Easter Sweet

photo image: The Curvy Carrot

They are adorable aren't they, Loves? I pinned these nests (I'm on Pinterest you know) before I even knew the recipe. The combination of ingredients I believe will just have you drooling. Let me just say, we can't live exclusively in deprivation. We have to carefully pick & choose our moments to have things that are not so good to us or for us, but REALLY good to eat. Easter to me is that time. The Curvy Carrot's Shannon Lacy is oh so creative. Kids & adults alike will love these for Easter. What are your favorite Easter sweets? Will this recipe, after the jump, make your list.
Sweet Chocolate Birds Nests
courtesy of The Curvy Carrot
serves 12

1 tablespoon of unsalted butter, for greasing the muffin pan
6 ounces (1/2 bag) of semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 ounces (1/2 bag) of butterscotch chips
1 cup creamy peanut butter
6 ounces (1/2 of a large bag) of chow mein noodles
36 mini Cadbury eggs

Generously grease the wells of a muffin pan with the butter (this will help later when you are taking out the chilled nests).
In a large microwave-proof bowl, heat the chocolate and butterscotch chips in 30 second intervals until thoroughly melted, stirring after each increment.**It only took me two 30-second intervals.
Once melted, add the peanut butter to the chocolate/butterscotch mixture, mixing well until smooth and completely combined.
Carefully add the chow mein noodles, stirring with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, until completely coated.
Using a large spoon, mold the mixture into the wells of your muffin tin, indenting the tops slightly with the back of the spoon.
Chill the nests until hardened, about 1 hour or so.
Once chilled, gently remove the nests from the muffin tin.***I used a butter knife as a lever to pop them out-this seemed to work.
Place three eggs (or colored jelly beans!) on the tops of each nest.

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