Bird Nest Treats

run 009We 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.

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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.

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Bird Nest Treats
An allergy free twist on the classic Bird Nest treats. A.K.A haystacks.
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Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Treats for Kids
Serves: 24
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Ingredients
  • 3 c. mini marshmallows
  • 3 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 c. dry chow mein noodles
  • small egg shaped candies
Instructions
  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Over low heat, melt the marshmallows and butter in a large saucepan. (this is a much better method than using the microwave.)
  3. Once melted, stir in the vanilla, then the chow mein noodles.
  4. Coat your hands liberally with shortening, or baking spray. You will need to reapply regularly.
  5. Shape a ping pong ball sized portion on the parchment paper. Use your thumbs to make a hole in the center.

 

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Bird Nest Treats

  1. These are adorable! I would substitute the jellybeans with something that doesn’t have gelatin in it, but I LOVE chow mein noodles and never thought to build a little bird’s nest from them! You really could use this for any spring-themed dessert for adults too. They would be great cupcake toppers!

  2. What a cute idea. I never would have thought to use chow main noodles…and on a side note, my daughter’s name is Sophie too.
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