We are allergy conscious this spring. My daughter Sophie was asked to bring in treats for her school’s Easter Egg Hunt. One of the little boys in her class has a long list of allergies that includes beef! Now that is a new one to me.
I was hoping to make the classic Bird Nest treats with chocolate, peanut butter, and chow mein noodles. Clearly, that was not be a safe choice.
Like a dog with a bone, I was not going to let go of the idea that easily. Besides we had an over abundance of jelly beans I wanted moved out of the house. Bird Nest Treats were the vessel to accomplish that goal.
I found a really great allergy free recipe for bird nests snacks made with marsh mellows and butter just like the standard Rice Crispy Treat recipe.
I used a ping pong ball size portion. My batch was earmarked for preschoolers, so the smaller size was appropriate for their little hands and mouths. Also, my jellybeans were petite, so a smaller sized nest gave them a cozy space to rest.
Boy, were they a hit! I have had many requests for the recipe, but the real credit goes to the great blog “Bake at 350” . Please check them out, they have amazing ideas.
- 3 c. mini marshmallows
- 3 TBSP unsalted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 c. dry chow mein noodles
- small egg shaped candies
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Over low heat, melt the marshmallows and butter in a large saucepan. (this is a much better method than using the microwave.)
- Once melted, stir in the vanilla, then the chow mein noodles.
- Coat your hands liberally with shortening, or baking spray. You will need to reapply regularly.
- Shape a ping pong ball sized portion on the parchment paper. Use your thumbs to make a hole in the center.