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Easter Treat recipe: How to make a bird's nest

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One of my favorite Easter treat recipes to make and eat at the holiday season is an edible bird nest. I can remember as a child making the Easter nests in school and absolutely loving the idea of being able to make such a wonderful Easter treat with my own hands and then having the luxury of being able to eat the delicious snack.

As an adult, I had such fond memories of making edible bird nest treats that I made them with my own children over numerous years and then as a classroom teacher, I made the Easter nests with my own classroom children. However, because I teach in a public school system, I make sure not to refer to the Easter bird nests in terms of Easter but only in terms of an edible bird's nest.

These Easter treats are easy to make, are not expensive, the Easter nests taste delicious plus kids and adults alike really enjoy making this fun and festive edible bird nest recipe.

Ingredients:
1 cup chow mein noodles
¼ cup butter
Approximately 50 large marshmallows
Approximately ½ cup butterscotch chips
Jelly beans
5 ½ cups pastel colored rice crispy cereal

Directions:

Melt the butter in a saucepan making sure the butter does not burn. Then slowly add the marshmallows and stir until the marshmallows are completely melted and have that really sticky consistency. Turn off the heat and slowly add the rice cereal, make sure to stir the entire time you adding the cereal to the marshmallow mixture so that the cereal gets completely covered by the melted marshmallows.

Turn the heat on low and then add the butterscotch chips and the chow mein noodles, gently stirring so that the chow mein noodles do not break up too much. Turn off the heat and take golf ball sizes of the mixture and form into a nest by gently pressing into a small pancake type shape and pressing thumbs into the center to make a small indentation. Add a few jelly beans so that it looks like eggs in a nest.

This fun Easter bird nest is a great recipe to make at home or to do as a classroom project. Be sure to always check for any food allergies and child age appropriateness needs to be determined by the parent and/or the teacher as the chow mein noodles can be difficult to swallow if not chewed up properly.