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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Easter Treat with FIBER!

nest

No, seriously! Fiber! And chocolate! Does it get any better than that? I submit that it does not. You could even have these for breakfast. Am I right? Shredded wheat and eggs. Sounds like breakfast to me. Never mind that the shredded wheat is drenched in chocolate and the eggs are made of the same! Let me do my own justifying, mmmmmkay?

I made these chocolate nests with the kids last year after seeing them on Angry Chicken. They were fun and easy and the kids had a glorious time making a mess in the kitchen. We made them again this year. Man! What a difference a year makes! The kids were PROS at making these, and they turned out looking like actual nests! lol!

Anyway, these are SO quick you could definitely pop some out before Easter. If I was having Easter dinner at my house I’d like to use them for place markers! Wouldn’t that be cute? Just type or write the person’s name, cut it out and tape it to a toothpick or skewer before you get started and then just jam that in there with the eggs and let the chocolate harden! So fun!

ingredients

Here’s all you need. Shredded wheat, 6 of the big squares, a bag of good milk chocolate, and most importantly, Cadbury mini-eggs. (I think those little babies have finally replaced the Cadbury Creme Egg as my favorite Easter candy. So yummy! And with a crunchy candy shell! Love them!)

Oh, and two little kids to do all the work for you. . . .

shredding

Here they are, busy at work shredding the Shredded Wheat. Huh. In the meantime, microwave the chocolate in 30 second bursts, stirring between zaps. Should take you about 2-2 1/2 minutes.

mixing

Pour the chocolate into the shredded wheat and stir until all the chocolate looks absorbed. This is best accomplished in hand-me-down Christmas jammies and with a ragamuffin hair-do.

P.S. This picture was taken at about 2pm and after the child had gone through about 37 wardrobe changes. Aaaaah, we’re at that stage. Yay for Laundry Fairies, right? *sigh*

outlines

This is a optional step. I do recommend parchment or wax paper, it makes getting the nests off the pan a billion times easier. But most of my nests were destined for little paper boxes (more on that in a minute). So I traced the bottom of the box onto the BACKSIDE of the parchment paper so that we would have a guide when we formed the nests.

egging

Scoop the chocolate mixture onto the paper, form into a circle and press down in the center with a spoon to make a little crater for the eggs. Size doesn’t really matter here, you could go really tiny or make one giant one if you wanted!

egging2

Place eggs in the crater.

   eggs     

Let the nests harden, about 1 1/2 hours. Done! How easy was that???

I went a step further, because I can. Hehehe :) Have you been to The Toymaker? Gorgeous things on there, gorgeous! I printed out some of the paper dolls and my kids loved them to death! I just love the artwork, with it’s sort of vintagey feel. And Marilyn comes out with new stuff all the time! This little box is new for Easter. . . .

 http://www.thetoymaker.com/Holidays/Easter/Butterflybasket.pdf

I printed it out on cardstock, cut it out and taped it together, filled it with Easter grass, and popped a nest in. Cute! And easy!

Egg basket

Happy Easter!

4 comments:

LollyChops said...

These are awesome looking and I bet they taste darn good too!

YAY for cool fiber treats!

Jenna said...

Cute!!!!

Carol said...

I'm with you, fiber, eggs, it's all good!
I love your little munchkin helpers! They look like they know what they're doing!

kristi said...

My kids thought they were so yummy!!! Very creative!! Love it!