Remember Rice Krispie treats? I mean the proper homemade ones, not those nasty inedible prepacked ones in the shop (you have to do a tooth count after to make sure all 32 are still present and accounted for).
Well I had this idea that the treats would make good nests, since they have the right appearance and seem to be fairly malleable if Food Network challenges are anything to go by. Who knew that they’d spread their sticky goo into every possible kitchen crevice? Anyhoo. Totally worth it to make these adorable mini Easter nests – perfect if you’re having to cater for a large crowd.
I don’t often purchase marshmallows so I was gobsmacked at the huge variety – it was like Bubba from Forrest Gump had turned his attention from shrimp to the confectionery aisle. I settled on twisty ones whose colour I thought would be good for nesty appeal, but I guess it doesn’t really matter.
I don’t remember the Rice Krispie treats of my youth (you know, back when we knocked rocks together for music on a Friday night) being this insanely sticky and stretchy… it was a bit scary at first but I’m willing to bet this is any kid’s idea of sugar-coated heaven.
This makes roughly 24 nestlets – it’s hard to give an accurate yield, it really depends how large you make them (I’d say aim for the type that can be crammed into one’s face whole).
1/4 cup butter
4 cups marshmallows
5 cups puffed rice cereal
First – melt the marshmallows and butter together in the biggest bowl that will comfortably fit in your microwave. Marshmallows swell up super-fast when nuked! Keep an eye on those suckers. Literally pop them in for seconds at a time – as soon as they are mostly melted, give them a stir and start adding in the rice krispies. Keep stirring; don’t worry about the weird gloopy strands that start landing all over the kitchen, as if the Willy Wonky version of a giant spider is doing it’s thang in there.
While the mix is still warm, scoop out blobs and with lightly greased paws press into lightly greased muffin tins to form an indented nest shape. Ta-da! How easy was that? There’s a high impressedness vs. effort ratio on this one. Let them cool down and set completely before attaching little chocolate eggs to each nest using a tiny bit of melted chocolate, then using a teaspoon to ease them out of the muffin tin.
Do all countries have “speckled eggs”? The jelly ones with the chocolate and crunchy candy coating. I hope so because they are awesome; I suspect that the supermarkets hide them till just before Easter so they can watch us panic and try to find substitutes – either buy them way before or like the day before Easter Sunday.
Go impress large volumes of children this Easter Sunday J then watch from a safe location as the sugar courses through their weeny little bloodstreams. Send them back to their rightful owners before the sugar rush hits.