- 1 cup shredded coconut (I prefer unsweetened.)
- shredded wheat (six large "loaves")
- 2 cups milk chocolate chips (also a great opportunity to melt down leftover chocolate Easter bunnies)
- wax paper or cooking spray
- cookie sheet or muffin tin
- Cadbury mini eggs or jelly beans (for eggs)
- Recipe yields 12-15 mini nests
Step 1: Put six "loaves" of shredded wheat into a large bowl and have your child crunch them up into little tiny pieces.
Step 2: Add 1 cup of coconut to the shredded wheat, toss until mixed well.
Step 3: Okay, here is where you get a couple of options. We tried two different methods of how to form the nests: 1.) Using a cookie sheet/metal tray covered with wax paper or 2.) Using a muffin tin sprayed with cooking spray. Both worked great. However, I think the muffin tin method worked best for little hands to shape the nests. You choose. So for step 3, prep your pan of choice.
Step 4: Use a double boiler (or a heat-safe bowl set over pot of bowling water) to melt 2 cups of chocolate chips.
Step 5: Pour melted chocolate over wheat mixture and mix up until the chocolate evenly coats.
Step 6: Form the nests, either in the muffin tins or on the tray. Make sure to make a little center for your eggs.
Step 7: Put in your eggs and put in the fridge to harden. If you used a muffin tin, use a knife to "pop" out the nest after it's hardened.
The muffin tray-method yields a more-shaped looking nest:
The tray method is a little more free form.
Once you made some nest, you need to get your hands on this wonderful book.
The book tells the legend of why the robin's breast is red...
I love this part... "I know this man, thought the robin. All earth's creatures, except humans, recognized Jesus--the Creator-God come to earth."
"The thorn gave way. And as it came out a drop of Jesus' blood fell onto the robin's breast, staining it red from that day to this."