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Easter fun and yum: Chocolate eggs need crunchy, gooey nests - Press of Atlantic City
Apr 1st 2012, 04:26

You'll have no trouble enticing the kids to get involved in this easy and tasty part of Easter dinner prep.

Combine a blend of crunchy cereals and noodles with a deliciously sticky blend of chocolate, marshmallow and peanut butter to create edible "nests" in which the little ones can store their chocolate eggs and jelly beans.

Note: This is a messy project. So you might want to do it before the kids get into their Easter best. Also, to make it a little less messy, lightly coat little hands with cooking spray.

The finished nests can be stored in plastic bags at room temperature for up to a week.

Chocolate Bunny Nests

Ingredients:

•3 tablespoons unsalted butter

•10-ounce pack mini marshmallows

•1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter

•6 ounces semisweet chocolate bits

•2 cups thin chow mein noodles

•1 1/2 cups square corn cereal

•2 cups crispy rice cereal

Directions:

Line a baking sheet with wax paper.

In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Add the marshmallows, peanut butter and chocolate bits. Stir continuously until completely melted and blended.

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chow mein noodles, corn cereal and rice cereal. Allow the mixture to cool until safe to handle.

For small nests, scoop by the tablespoonful onto the prepared baking sheet. For larger nests, use about 1/2 cup. Use your thumb or the back of a spoon (coated with cooking spray) to create an indentation at the center of each mound to form a "nest." Allow to finish cooling until firm.

Makes: 20 small nests

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