Candy Bird Nests

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I love making little Candy Bird Nests. The basic candy nests are fun, fast, and simple enough for children to create, but they can also be a very creative and elegant decoration with just a few more steps.
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Step 1: Basic Bird Nest Ingredients

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Basic Bird’s Nest:
2 cups Chow Mein Noodles
1 cup Light Cocoa Candy Melts (or substitute 1 cup chocolate chips plus 1 tsp shortening)

Basic Nest Fillers:
Egg-shaped candy, jelly beans

Helpful kitchen items:
Microwave or stove
Wax paper or parchment paper
Large spoon
Microwave safe bowl

Step 2: Making the basic bird nest

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Make the noodle mix:
1) Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper or parchment paper.

2) Combine 1 cup of light cocoa candy melts (or your choice of chocolate chips plus 1 tsp vegetable shortening) in a microwavable bowl and melt it in the microwave for approximately 1 minute. Stir the mixture. If the chocolate hasn’t completely melted, continue microwaving/ stirring in 30 second intervals until melted and smooth when stirring.
(Use a double boiler to melt the cocoa candy or chocolate chip/ shortening combination if you don’t have a microwave)

3 ) Let the mixture cool slightly so that you can touch it without burning your hands, but not enough so that it hardens.
Add 2 cups ( which is about 5 oz.) of chow mein noodles to the bowl and stir gently until they are evenly coated with the melted candy mixture.

Kona-chan1 year ago
looks good
souz2 years ago
Those kitties look like they're expecting actual birds to show up in the nests at any minute!
bgartman (author)  souz2 years ago
They LOVE birdies! This is where my cats usually spend their day, in front of the window feeder....except when they try to help me in the kitchen :)
Thanks. This really brought me back to when my mom used to decorate the house for Easter with her craft projects.
happyjo4 years ago
Wow! This is beautiful! :D
bgartman (author)  happyjo4 years ago
Thanks so much! I must really be craving spring right now....or chocolate.

I have to laugh though because I left the nest on my table to write the instructable, and when I came back the chocolate had been licked off the noodles on the top of the nest and the eggs were on the floor. I susptect the two egg bandits were none other than my two little grey kittens who were watching me make these.

have a nice day
all cats have a monster inside their big fluffy bodies. :)
Oh, naughty kitties! :D Well at least you got a picture of it before it was devoured! Have a nice day too! :D
Been making the nests about 30 some years, since before we had the meltable chocolate and used chocolate Hersey bars and broken pretzels. I figured that when my boys had all moved away from home they wouldn't expect this childish thing any more. Nope, one came home to wash his car the day before Easter and wondered where the nests were. I had to rush off to the store to get the supplies. Now I'm making enough for the wives and grandkids too.
Awesome. I'm gluten free, and they make g/f pretzles! I miss this candy. My family always made it with chow mein, butterscotch chips, peanut butter and peanuts. Thank you for the pretzle suggestion!!!!
" came home to wash his car the day before Easter and wondered where the nests were."

How cool !!!
bgartman (author)  estherwaayenberg4 years ago
Pretzels and Hershey bars sounds delicious! Your kids and grandkids must think you're the best Mom/Grandma Ever!
Pauper4 years ago
@ bgartman :
You Rock bgartman !!
blopez4 years ago
I've made nests with shredded wheat and melted marshmallows but these sound better. Chocolate trumps everything.
wanamoka4 years ago
These are very pretty!
Great job. Not just the end product, but every step is well done, especially the pictures. Darling and I will give them a try with my little girls.
Short One4 years ago
I agree! These are absolutely Beautiful! A very good 'ible, especially with the two levels of difficulty! Very nice.
scoochmaroo4 years ago