Crunchy Chinese noodles and melted marshmallows make the cutest little nests for your jelly beans. Great as place markers at Easter dinner.

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 nests
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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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  • Butter a 12 cup muffin tin.

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  • Combine marshmallows and butter over medium heat in a saucepan; stir until the butter and marshmallows have melted. Stir in the chow mein noodles, coat well. Butter fingers and press the mixture into the bottom and sides of the prepared muffin tin. Refrigerate until firm.

Nutrition Facts

143 calories; protein 1.3g 3% DV; carbohydrates 15.5g 5% DV; fat 8.4g 13% DV; cholesterol 10.2mg 3% DV; sodium 103.5mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (83)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2007
just darling and very good flavor. I made 2 batches; first batch as written in the muffin tins, and found that the nests are quite thick and big. Made the second batch with the suggestion of Breeze and added a few tbsp of peanut butter. With the second batch, I just free-formed them onto parchment paper. No sticking at all, and with the fingertips wet, they were easy to mold into little nests making them a little smaller and got more out of the batch. Used 'peeps' rabbits in some, marshmallow chicks in others, and cadbury pastel chocolate eggs. I like the chocolate flavor with the nest. Love the versatility of this recipe. Could also add some butterscotch morsels to the marshmallow/butter mixture, or chocolate chips. So cute and easy! Nice presentation on the Easter goodie trays. thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/06/2010
Super cute! Easy to make - perfect for little kitchen helpers. I thought the butter/marshmellow ratio was off. It was too greasy. I'd use half the amount of butter. One suggestion is to spray your hands with cooking oil before forming the nests. The oil will keep everything from sticking to your fingers. Read More
(16)
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  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2007
just darling and very good flavor. I made 2 batches; first batch as written in the muffin tins, and found that the nests are quite thick and big. Made the second batch with the suggestion of Breeze and added a few tbsp of peanut butter. With the second batch, I just free-formed them onto parchment paper. No sticking at all, and with the fingertips wet, they were easy to mold into little nests making them a little smaller and got more out of the batch. Used 'peeps' rabbits in some, marshmallow chicks in others, and cadbury pastel chocolate eggs. I like the chocolate flavor with the nest. Love the versatility of this recipe. Could also add some butterscotch morsels to the marshmallow/butter mixture, or chocolate chips. So cute and easy! Nice presentation on the Easter goodie trays. thanks for the recipe. Read More
(79)
Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2005
What a fun recipe. I have made these for years but have always added a little peanut butter to the mixture. This has always been a big hit:-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2006
This was a hit at my daughter's preschool Easter party. I put the jelly beans in while the noodles/marshmallow were still warm and they stayed put very well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2006
My family loves these. The only thing that I do different is use the pastel (Easter) peanut M&M's in place of the jelly beans. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2012
Pretty table deco! Used Rice Noodles instead of chow mein.. they are smaller. also added cocoa powder and peanut butter to the mix for some flavor altho I thought the crispy nests a little too crispy after setting up. Hubby has been taking care of leftover nests this week. Read More
(16)
Rating: 3 stars
04/06/2010
Super cute! Easy to make - perfect for little kitchen helpers. I thought the butter/marshmellow ratio was off. It was too greasy. I'd use half the amount of butter. One suggestion is to spray your hands with cooking oil before forming the nests. The oil will keep everything from sticking to your fingers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2009
These are darling and were very easy to make with my 3-yr old and his buddy. The muffin tin trick worked perfectly for them. We used broken up pretzel sticks instead of the chow mein and the salty-sweet result was so yummy. I think I will be making more of these this weekend so we have them for our Easter brunch (there's no way these ones will still be around!) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2009
This is such a cute Spring recipe. My daughter & I made these for Easter and used Runts freckled eggs instead of jelly beans. Because some complained about the lack of taste I added some cinnamon to the marshmallow mixture before tossing in the noodles and that added a nice flavor. These are great and not too sweet when all the other Easter candy is available! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/22/2010
Use shredded wheat cereal..works/looks GREAT!! Read More
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