Bella's Easter Nests

 

Ingredients Needed:

 

1 pound White Chocolate

 

 

 

 

 

4 cups broken pretzels

 

 

 

 

 

1 1/2 cups salted peanuts

 

 

 

 

 

A few drops green Candy Color

(This is available at restaurant supply stores and some craft stores.  Do not use liquid coloring as any liquid added to white chocolate will make it "seize" which means it will be ruined.)  If you want to, you can also use powdered coloring, but it doesn't color the chocolate as well.

Equipment Needed:

4 cup glass measuring cup (to melt chocolate in)

Silicone Scraper

1 large plastic or glass bowl

2 parchment covered baking sheets

1 medium size scoop (1/4 cup size) or a big spoon

Jelly Beans, Small Chocolate Eggs, Small Chicks & Bunnies for Decoration  

How to Make Easter Nests:

1.  Put the white chocolate in a 4 cup glass measuring cup and microwave for 1 minute. 

 

 

2.  Stir until the white chocolate is melted.  If you are using white chocolate chips, this should be enough time.  If you are using real white chocolate, you may have to put it back in the microwave. 3.  If it isn't quite melted,

 

 

 

4.  Put it back in the microwave for 30 seconds--No more or it will burn.  Then stir until melted.

 

 

5.  Sometimes it's fun to have a little taste of the chocolate!

 

6.  Put a few drops of the green candy coloring and stir until it is smooth and all the chocolate is light green., 7.  Pour the pretzels and peanuts into a large plastic or glass bowl

 

8.  Mix them well in the bowl.

 

9.  Scrape the melted white chocolate into the pretzel mixture. 

 

 

 

 

 

10.  Mix the chocolate with the pretzels thoroughly.

 

 

 

 

 

11.  Scoop the mixture onto the parchment-lined cookie sheets.  If the chocolate starts to harden before you get all the nests scooped out, you can put the whole bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds, then stir and it will be good for scooping again.

 

 

12.  Decorate with the jelly beans, chocolate eggs, and bunnies and chicks.  Press them into the white chocolate so that they stick.  Let sit at room temperature until the chocolate hardens.  If you are in a hurry, you can put them in the fridge for a while.

 

 

12.  Put the finished nests in a basket and have your Mom take your picture!

 

13.  You can use the basket full of nests for the centerpiece at your Easter dinner, unless, of course, you eat them all first!

 

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