How to Make Easter Egg Nests

Easter egg nests are really simple to make, and look adorable when they're done! Everyone you make them for will think you spent a ton of time on this project...it will be our secret that you can make these in about 15 minutes!



Easter Egg Nests

These eggs both look and taste like the Russell Stover coconut nests that you purchase in the store, but you can make them at a fraction of the cost!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
  • 6 ounces of almond bark
  • 1/2 teaspoon milk
  • 4 drops food coloring

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a small bowl, mix the food coloring with the milk. Use any color you want, adding more drops to make it a darker color if you desire. Add the coconut and mix until evenly tinted. Set aside.

2. Melt almond bark or chocolate chips using a double boiler or microwave. Stir every 15 to 30 seconds as it melts until it is smooth. Mix the coconut mixture into the chocolate mixture until the coconut is evenly coated. Easter Egg Nest

Chocolate Easter Egg Nest



3. Scoop the nests out onto wax paper using a spoon. Create an indent in the center of each nest to hold the candy.

Easter Gifts


4. Allow to cool completely. If you're in a hurry, you can put these in the freezer for 15 minutes to harden them quickly. Place the candy into the center of each nest.

Easter Gift


Put them each in a cellophane bag and top with a ribbon or piece of rafia. These will make a colorful and unique addition to any Easter basket!

Easter Candy

Useful Tips:

  • After the nest is completely cooled, but not yet hardened, push the candy down into the nest. Allowing the nest to dry "around" the candy helps it stay in place better if you plan to package it.

  • You don't need to only use brown chocolate for these nests--try butterscotch or peanut butter chips to give your nest an authentic color. Vanilla almond bark or white chocolate chips allows the tinted coconut to show up.

  • Don't smash the coconut mixture all together when you form the nests...it doesn't look authentic. A true birds nest would have a messy appearance, so just spoon the mixture out and drop it on the wax paper as is (still be sure to press the middle down to hold the candy, though).

  • Don't like coconut? You can follow the recipe above and replace the coconut with chow mein noodles...so yummy!




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