These candies are so cute and are also easy enough for small children to help prepare. Use tiny colored jelly beans or Easter colored candy-coated chocolate pieces to decorate nests.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a small bowl, mix food coloring with milk; add coconut and mix until evenly tinted; set aside.

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  • Melt confectioners' coating over a double boiler or in the microwave, stirring every 15 to 30 seconds until smooth. Mix with coconut mixture and place by spoonfuls on waxed paper. Shape mixture like a bird's nest, making a slight indentation in the center of each one.

  • Cool completely and decorate by placing candies in the center of each nest.

Nutrition Facts

113 calories; protein 1.1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 12.5g 4% DV; fat 6.8g 10% DV; cholesterol 2.9mg 1% DV; sodium 36mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2005
Confectioners coating is a product a chocolate substitute made without cocoa butter. Makers can't sell it as chocolate because of the missing ingredient so termed confectioners coating. It eliminates the need for tempering making it easier to dip or coat items like the 'birds nest'. It is less expensive then real chocoalate. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/13/2009
The recipe is o.k. I would not rate them up there with the store brand when made according to the recipe. I could not help but to think that there was something missing so when I made them again I added a 1/2 tsp of vanilla and they were wonderful. Very cute easter treat if you add jelly beans and/or peeps if you make bigger nests. Read More
(8)
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  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2005
Confectioners coating is a product a chocolate substitute made without cocoa butter. Makers can't sell it as chocolate because of the missing ingredient so termed confectioners coating. It eliminates the need for tempering making it easier to dip or coat items like the 'birds nest'. It is less expensive then real chocoalate. Read More
(91)
Rating: 5 stars
04/10/2007
I made the nests with the usual rice-crispy square recpipe with added coconut and green coloring - much more appetising than a hunk of coconut and ohhh so cute! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2006
I loved these! They were adorable and earned me the name "Martha" at a party. I used white chocolate chips which worked perfectly and they were really easy to shape into nests. I filled them with mini pastel jelly beans before they cooled completely just so they'd "stick" in the nests better. These may turn into an annual tradition! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2010
My grandmother made these every year for Easter baskets when I was a kid. I'm so glad I found this recipe on AR. These are so cute and very easy to make. I use petite jelly beans for inside the "nest". Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/31/2007
I think these are better for "cute" appeal than taste appeal. They're okay in taste but their "cute" rating is high. I doubled the recipe and had to put the mixture back in the microwave for about 15 seconds part way through making them to keep it soft enough to shape. Don't squish the mixture together or you'll lose the rough nest look. Read More
(17)
Rating: 4 stars
04/05/2007
My mother used this recipe for years.She used the coconut or chow mein noodles its a matter of personal preference. Also Merkins chocolate if available in your area melts wonderfully and you can usually already find green though you might try the food coloring for a lighter shade. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2007
Every year my SIL has Easter dinner at her house. She always hosts a huge Easter Egg Hunt for the kids. I told her about this recipe and we got together and made a bunch of these for the Baskets that we'll be hiding.They went together so easily....and of course we had to snitch a couple...they were delicious. Thanks for a wonderful idea Carol. Russell Stover markets something similar looking but they are very costly to buy for a large crowd. These were easy delicious and inexpensive to make. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2007
Easy to make and so cute! I used white chocolate. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/19/2006
Too cute but the kids didn't like the taste as much as I thought they would. Great for decoration. Might try again next year. Thanks for the post. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/13/2009
The recipe is o.k. I would not rate them up there with the store brand when made according to the recipe. I could not help but to think that there was something missing so when I made them again I added a 1/2 tsp of vanilla and they were wonderful. Very cute easter treat if you add jelly beans and/or peeps if you make bigger nests. Read More
(8)
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