I love candy. I think I’ve mentioned this before. I also love candy-like treats that are made specifically to hold, cradle and protect more candy.
Yes, I’m a child trapped in a lady’s body.
A lady who looks forward to every holiday and the sheer joy of making, eating and gifting candy-like treats. Easter is no exception.
I’ve seen other recipes for shaping chocolate rice krispie treats into ‘nests’… nests that look like ‘turdballs.’
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good krispie treat. But I also love a good salty-sweet plus textural contrast. So the thought of adding peanut butter, reducing the marshmallows and subbing out lo mein noodles for the rice cereal seemed like a no-brainer. Plus, they look like tiny little crunchy, chocolatey, peanut-buttery Easter egg nests.
No turdballs allowed in my kitchen.
Chocolate Lo Mein Easter Candy Nests
(makes 12 nests)
12 ounces milk chocolate chips
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 1/2 cups mini-marshmallows
3 1/2 cups lo mein noodles (sub with thin rice noodles for gluten free)
Reese’s Candy Coated Peanut Butter Eggs (or Hershey’s Candy Coated Chocolate Eggs for gluten free)
Line two sheet pans with parchment or wax paper and set aside. In a large saucepan, over low heat, melt the peanut butter and chocolate, stirring until completely melted and smooth. Remove from the heat, add in the marshmallows and stir to partially melt and coat (I didn’t melt them completely because I like to bite into a chewy chunk o’ mallow every now and then.) Add in the crunchy lo mein noodles and gently stir to coat with a wooden spoon.
Drop by heaping spoonful on to the prepared sheet pans and use your hands to shape into mini-nests with a small well in the center to hold the candy eggs. Chill to set in the refrigerator (around 30 minutes) then add the goods. Kids are excellent helpers with this step. They have tiny little hands that happen to be the perfect size for maneuvering mini chocolate eggs. They also love any opportunity to play with their food.
And because I’m super nice and apparently really skilled in time management, I’m giving you plenty of time to prep for these before Peter Cottontail makes an appearance. These literally took less than an hour to make (including chill time) and just look how adorable they are…
OMFG. SO GOOD.