When my kids were little I didn't have much money to spend on Easter goodies. So I usually purchased a new summer outfit and made Easter nests. Each dinner plate at Easter dinner had a nest on it. This became a family tradition. Now the kids have grown up and have children of their own, I still make the nests for all of them.
Step 1: Gather your tools.
Collect 18 plastic zip loc sandwich bags, a large pan or Dutch oven, a large long handled spoon, a small spatula, a knife or spoon, and a pancake turner or something that is flat on the bottom to stir the melted chocolate. You will also need a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper, or just lay the waxed paper on the table or countertop.
Step 2: Purchase ingredients.
You will use a 12 ounce bag of Chow Mein noodles, 1 pound of melting chocolate, either melting buttons or block type, 54 egg shaped Easter candies, and 18 chicken shaped Peeps, optional. Depending on the size nests you make, this recipe should yield approximately 18 nests that are 3" across.
Step 3: Begin recipe.
If you are using block chocolate, to aid the chocolate in melting more quickly, break or cut the block into smaller pieces. You may use regular chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, or flavored chips also. I have heard of adding peanut butter to the mix but don't know the required measurement. Oil based mint or cherry flavoring for chocolate might be good also. Melt the chocolate over low heat while frequently stirring with a flat bottomed utensil being careful to not let it scorch. When chocolate is completely melted, add the Chow Mein noodles. Stir until they are totally coated with chocolate. Drop a 3" clump of what now looks like twigs on waxed paper.
Step 4: Shape nests
Shape nests by gently pressing your spoon into the center of the clump to separate the twigs a bit and make a small dent with your spoon. Continue to stir noodles in your pan every once in a while, which is now being kept warm on low heat.