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For a fun and festive kid-friendly Easter treat, try these Chocolate Nests made from vermicelli noodles and chocolate! They provide a creative activity for the kids in the kitchen with a homemade dessert to enjoy afterwards. If you have little kids, they’re going to love these DIY chocolate nests.
Ingredients & substitutions
- Oil: For cooking the noodles. I like to use vegetable, but any neutral high heat oil will work well.
- Vermicelli Noodles: These rice noodles are super fine and perfect for these nests as they have a very mild flavor so the chocolate is the star of the show!
- Chocolate: I like to use semi sweet chocolate for these Easter nests, but you can use white, dark or milk, whatever is your favorite!
- Chocolate Easter eggs: No nest is complete without eggs!
How to make chocolate nests
- Melt some chocolate in a bowl.
- Break the vermicelli and place on a skillet.
- Lightly fry the vermicelli noodles, so they soften up.
- Transfer the fried noodles to a plate lined with paper towel to absorb any extra oil.
- Then, add the fried vermicelli on top of the melted chocolate.
- Use a spoon or your hands to combine. This is where it’s fun to get kids involved!
- Immediately place them on the back end of a muffin tin lined with silicone cups or parchment paper cups. Shape the vermicelli around the silicone cups and allow them to dry. Once they hold their shape in the fridge, you can add the chocolate eggs.
Tips for making the nests
- Mold inside the muffin tin for little kids. It might be easier for kids to stick them inside the muffin top as opposed to around the muffin top, but either way works.
- Take care not to burn the chocolate or it will taste bitter. Melt in in increments in the microwave, stirring in between each heat, or melt it on the stovetop in a double boiler.
- Try using different noodles. For thicker ‘twigs’ you can use chow mein noodles.
- Fill these chocolate nests with anything you fancy! Peeps, marshmallows, candy or anything else you’d like!
Frequently asked questions
Once you have made your chocolate nests, place them in an airtight container in the fridge. They will keep well for up to a week. It’s great for making ahead before Easter celebrations.
Yes! You can freeze these nests for up to 3 months. The chocolate may discolor slightly, but they will be perfectly good to eat. Take them out of the freezer about 30 minutes to an hour before you want to enjoy them.
Yes, it’s messy. Yes, its kinda time-consuming. But, YES, your kids will totally enjoy these Easter nests! And if you’re in a creative mood and want a fun activitity to share with the kids, try dyeing Easter eggs with natural ingredients using my quick how-to guide!
For more chocolate recipes:
- Chocolate Pistachio Butter Cups
- Chocolate Coconut Balls
- Chocolate Peppermint Mousse
- No-Bake Cookie Dough Bars
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Easter Chocolate Nests
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 4 ounces dried rice vermicelli noodles
- 2 ounces semi sweet chocolate
- Chocolate Easter eggs
- Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Break the vermicelli rice noodles into smaller strands that will be easier to work with, and then place in the skillet for about 2-4 minutes until they become shiny.
- Some will turn light golden brown and that is fine. Remove from the oil and place on a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
- Melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in 30 second increments for up to 1 minute and half, stirring in between, until completely smooth and melted.
- Place the cooked vermicelli into the bowl of chocolate and use your hands to gently toss the vermicelli with the chocolate until they are completely coated in chocolate.
- Line the opposite side of a muffin tin with silicone cups or plastic wrap and gently press the vermicelli mixture around the cup to create a nest-like shape
- Refrigerate until the mixture is set and firm, about 30 minutes. Place your favorite chocolate eggs inside and enjoy!
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.