With Easter right around the corner, we are cooking up some special spring treats in our house! And since two of my very favorite things are rice krispie treats and chocolate (yum, yum, yummy!), we decided to mesh the two to create a super cute Rice Krispie Treat Bird’s Nest with Chocolate Robin Eggs! They are super simple to make and the kids will love helping out! Here’s how to create them!
What You Will Need:
6 Cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Cereal (Snap, Crackle and Pop baby!)
1 Bag (10 oz) Marshmellows
3 Tablespoons butter or margarine
1 Bag Cadbury Mini Chocolate Robin Eggs (or whatever eggs you would like to use)
How to Make Them!
First, you need to make your Rice Krispie treats. This is super easy and anyone can do it! You can use the stove top or the microwave but I chose the microwave because it is quick and easy. Pour your marshmellows into a microwave safe bowl with your 3 tablespoons of butter. Pop it in the microwave for 1 minute and 20 seconds! Stir well when you take it out and it should have a liquid consistency. If not, continue to microwave until it is soupy (but not overdone).
Next, stir in your 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal. You want to make sure the cereal is completely coated so that the “nests” will stick together well.
Before they cool too much, pack them firmly into well greased cupcake tins. The fuller you can get the tins the better your nests will be so don’t be afraid to push them down in there.
Now, walk away and play with your kids for a while. Because these need to cool in order to stick together well. If you try to shape them now, you’re going to end up with a mess and possibly burned fingers. So, leave them for about 30 minutes so that they can set well. Then come back and use the back of a spoon and/or your fingers to push down the middle of each “nest”. You’re going to have to put a little effort into this one because you’ve got to crush down the cereal but you can do it! You will start to see the shape of a nest. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect – we’ll fix that in a few steps! A helpful hint here is to put a little olive oil or spray some cooking spray on your fingers. It will allow you to better shape the treats without them sticking to your hands:-)
Once you have created the general shape, you want to let the “nests” cool completely. If you don’t let them set, when you try to take them out of the cupcake tins, they will fall apart. So, once they are completely cool, use a butter knife to pop each one out of the cupcake tin. You can then sculpt them to take on more of the shape you are looking for. Be gently because they are delicate but know that you can bend and move them to create the look you want.
You now have your nest made! But what is a nest without something to go in it? So grab some Cadbury Chocolate eggs or a Peep and get creative with the contents of your nest!
Your final result will be cute, creative, fun and above all, yummy! So get ready for the kids to swarm! Because you know they won’t be able to turn down this Spring inspired Easter treat!