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Everyone’s favourite bake to make with kids. Chocolate coated cornflakes, topped with mini eggs – it can only be chocolate Easter nests!
Is there a more iconic Easter baking recipe than the classic Chocolate Easter Nest? Super simple to make and an instant hit with children and adults alike. It’s almost like a right of passage to make chocolate Easter nests as a kid; be it with parents or grandparents, or at school or nursery…it seems like we have all made these in one form or another in our childhood.
The concept is simple. Your cereal of choice (I like cornflakes but rice crispies is another great option), coated in chocolate and topped with some mini chocolate eggs. Even the youngest of bakers can assist in this recipe, as other than melting the chocolate ingredients, no fancy or potentially dangerous equipment is required.
Although be warned…when making chocolate nests with children, a little extra chocolate may be required – finger dipping and spoon licking is practically guaranteed! And maybe have a least double the amount of mini eggs you think you will need, as these have a habit of somehow disappearing into thin air before they even see a finished nest.
CornflakesThe iconic breakfast cereal is my nest-filler of choice. I find cornflakes to be the perfect combo of taste and texture. Not too obvious a flavour on their own, so perfect when mixed with the chocolate. And the they keep a good amount of crunch, even once coated in the chocolate mix.
Milk ChocolateOf course you need chocolate in a chocolate Easter nest! Milk chocolate is ideal and guaranteed to be a hit with kids. If you prefer a richer chocolate taste though, you can swap it for dark chocolate; or even half milk chocolate, half dark chocolate.
Butter or MargarineThe addition of some butter or margarine helps thin out your chocolate a little, meaning it can coat your cornflakes better. Not only that, it means that once the chocolate sets, you won’t break your teeth when you bite into the nests!If you are using margarine, a block margarine is preferable. This is due to the soft-spread varieties having a higher water content, and potentially thinning your chocolate out more than you’d like.
Golden SyrupSimilar the butter/margarine, golden syrup helps to thin out your chocolate a little, whilst also adding a little bit of extra sweetness too.
Can I use rice crispies? Can I use shredded wheat?You can absolutely use different cereals in your chocolate Easter nests. I often change between cornflakes and rice crispies as they are both delicious in this recipe. I’d recommend using a little less rice crispies though, as they are a little lighter and you’ll end up with a lot more volume if you match the weight with cornflakes.You can also use shredded wheat if you wish. Although it does give the most nest-like appearance, it’s not one I generally use but the flavour it never quite as good as when you would use cornflakes or rice crispies.
Can’t I just mix chocolate and cereal?Of course you can. However, the addition of some butter/margarine and golden syrup helps to thin out your chocolate a little and makes the nest mixture far easier to work with and completely coat your cereal. Not only that, it also means you are less likely to break your teeth on your nests when you bite into them!
Do I need paper cases for chocolate Easter nests?No, you do not need any paper cupcake cases or muffin cases for making chocolate Easter nests. In fact, I made a conscious decision to not suggest using them in this recipe. The are unnecessary given that you can make them directly in the muffin tray; which not only reducing the cost involved in making these, it’s also produces less waste & is better for the environment.
Gluten-free: To make this a recipe for Gluten-free Chocolate Easter Nests, simply make sure each of your recipes are gluten-free. Gluten-free cornflakes can usually be found in your supermarket’s free-from shelves. Butter/margarine and golden syrup are generally gluten-free by default (always double check when serving those with coeliac disease). Some chocolates may contain hidden gluten, so double check for that too.
Nut-free: This recipe does not contain any nuts but be sure to double check your ingredients individually when serving to anyone with nut allergies.
Egg-free: This recipes does not contain any egg but be sure to double check your ingredients individually when serving to anyone with an egg allergy or intolerance.
Dairy-free: To make this a recipe for Dairy-free Chocolate Easter Nests, simply use a dairy-free margarine and a dairy-free chocolate (free-from or vegan). Doisy and Dam also make dark chocolate mini eggs that are perfect for the middle of your dairy-free chocolate nests.
Vegan: As above, to make this a recipe for Vegan Chocolate Easter Nests, simply use a dairy-free margarine and a vegan chocolate. Doisy and Dam also make dark chocolate mini eggs that are perfect for the middle of your vegan chocolate nests.
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