Easter nests can’t be the first thing I ever learnt to make; school terms dictate that should have been mincemeat pinwheels for Christmas. But they are the first thing I remember learning to make in the child height kitchen at my primary school. Children in aprons that didn’t stop them getting chocolate all over their clothes, focusing hard on crumbling Shredded Wheat and trying to sneak handfuls of the mixture into their mouths when the teacher wasn’t looking.

The misshapen nests that I managed to construct were obviously a delight to my family and making them now, I drew housemates into the kitchen, circling the plate and asking when they’d be ready to eat. Chocolate Easter nests never lose their appeal and given how much it’s going to rain this weekend, they’re also a good way to pass the time with only minor squabbling.

Happy Easter.

Chocolate Easter Nests
Makes 12

200g milk chocolate
5 Shredded Wheat
36 Cadbury Mini Eggs (approximately 120g)

1 Place 12 paper fairy cake cases in a 12-hole bun tin and set aside.

2 Break the chocolate into equal sized chunks and place in a heatproof bowl. Either microwave, checking every 20 seconds and stirring, until melted or place the bowl over a pan of simmering water (making sure the water and the bowl don’t touch) and heat, stirring, until the chocolate is smooth and melted.

3 Crumble the Shredded Wheat, making sure there’s no big lumps. Stir into the melted chocolate until everything is coated. Spoon into the cake cases and use a teaspoon to pat the nests into shape – you want a dip in the middle for the Mini Eggs to nestle.

4 Place 3 Mini Eggs in each nest and chill in the fridge for about an hour until set. Serve with a pot of tea and a film on Easter Sunday afternoon (or for breakfast if you don’t want to break into your Easter eggs straight away).

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19 Responses to Chocolate Easter nests

  1. Hee hee… Sweet! Can you ever be too old for these?

  2. verystylishgirl says:

    Couldn’t resist making these. WIll be having mine tonight with a cup of tea and some Doctor Who.

  3. Happy Easter! Ted came home with a terrible easter nest made from stale rice crispies. This looks way better.

    • ginandcrumpets says:

      Stale Rice Krispies? But it has to be Shredded Wheat to look like a nest. That is bad education in my book!

  4. Helen says:

    You’ve got fluffy Easter chicks!

    Oh yeah the nests, they are nice.

    You’ve got fluffy Easter chicks!

    • ginandcrumpets says:

      I have 12 fluffy Easter chicks. I’ve lined them up on my bedroom shelf as a fluffy guard of honour,

  5. Sally says:

    I made these too and had a nice trip down memory lane. I used rice crispies, however. Maybe not an ‘authentic’ nest but they’re pretty damn good!

    • ginandcrumpets says:

      well, chocolate Rice Krispsie cakes are nice but this is the only time of year when you can break out the Shredded Wheat and it does improve Shredded Wheat a lot, but glad that you ended up with tasty cakes.

  6. Lizzie says:

    oooh – I never made these before. They look adorable.

  7. Oh beautiful. I ate a lot of these as a kid. x

  8. luvlymeltingchocolate says:

    i love this recipe
    ive been trying to find it all over the internet

  9. Jules says:

    I’ve been using this recipe for the last couple of weeks in my cookery classes and the kids have loved it.

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  12. julir says:

    Looks good

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