We’ve made Chocolate Birds Nests in the past, but this year we changed it up…. by adding Nutella!
These Nutella Chocolate Birds Nests were a lot of fun to make with my girls. It gets them in the kitchen with a combination of cooking and crafting.
And we also picked up a little Edible Grass this time around. It’s easy to snip into bite-sized pieces with kitchen shears and adds a nice visual touch, but it isn’t necessary if you’re having a tough time finding it. (And I picked mine up for half off after Easter – since these can be a fun treat all season long.)
All our ingredients gathered and ready to go….
Since there is no actually baking involved, it’s mostly mixing and shaping and decorating, once the chocolate chips are melted.
Melt the chocolate at half power, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth.
Then stir in the Nutella.
(And, yes, my kids are wearing superhero costumes while we cook. That’s how we roll at our place.)
I slowly poured in the noodles while they stirred.
Make sure all the noodles get covered in the chocolate mixture, because that is the glue that holds everything together.
Spray some nonstick baking spray in the muffin tins and scoop in some of the chocolate noodles.
You want to be able to shape them into nests with your fingers, so with a small indention in the center, or at least flat as opposed to hill-shaped. If it’s too bumpy and you’re having trouble flattening it, just take some out.
Put three eggs in the center of the nest and sprinkle a little edible grass over top, if you like.
You can see that my kids also added a few of the confetti-like bunnies that came with the edible grass.
This recipe makes 24 nests, but if that’s just too much for you, you could half the recipe. Or share with all the neighbors.
When you first make them, the nests will be gooey and will fall apart if you try to pick them up. They are still okay to eat, especially for anxious kids who want to try their creations, but they’re much easier to eat if you let the chocolate set first.
Put the pans in the fridge for an hour or so to help the chocolate set (because if you live in a humid place like me, that would take forever at room temperature), and then scoop them out with a spoon. Preferably a plastic spoon so you don’t scratch the metal.
Store them in covered containers, using waxed paper to separate stacked layers.
Chocolate Nutella Birds Nests
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup Nutella
12 oz. chow mein noodles
72 candy-coated malted milk chocolate eggs (I used Whoppers Robin Eggs)
Edible Grass, cut into 1-inch pieces (optional)
Melt the chocolate chips in a large microwave-safe bowl at half power, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Stir in the Nutella.
Pour the noodles into the chocolate mixture and stir gently until they are all fully coated.
Spray 24 muffin tins with nonstick baking spray and scoop a spoonful of the noodle mix into each tin. Move the noodles with a spoon or your fingers so that they are shaped like a nest.
Place 3 chocolate eggs in the center of your nest while the chocolate is still slightly melted. Sprinkle a little edible grass over the top, if desired.
Put the nests in the refrigerator for at least an hour to allow the chocolate to set. Remove from the muffin tins with the help of a spoon.
Store in a closed container in the fridge, using waxed or parchment paper to separate stacked layers.
And here’s the free printable PDF of the recipe:
Nutella Chocolate Birds Nests