Sunday, April 3, 2011

Best Mom Tip #130: Start a nest egg or two

I saw this really cute commercial with a mom making rice krispie treat eggs filled with M&Ms. Since this involves chocolate, marshmallows, and butter I thought I'd try it today.

Unfortunately, our grocery store didn't have any plain pastel M&Ms so I was forced, forced I tell you, to buy Cadbury's Mini Eggs instead. It is a good thing that they only sell those near Easter or I would weigh 912 lbs. I have actually eaten an entire bag of them in one sitting. That was last Easter, honestly, which probably contributed to my 60 lb. weight gain with my last pregnancy. But I digress.

The point is, when I got home and tried to fashion the treats into eggs, they looked more like blobs. When I put my little eggs inside I realized that it would be a lot easier to just make nests. So I did.

I think they turned out really cute. I took them to my niece's 1st birthday party and they were all eaten, so they must have tasted pretty good, too.

Here's what I did:

1. Make rice krispie treats according to the directions:
6 cups rice krispies

1 10 oz. bag of marshmallows
3 T butter or margarine

Melt the butter over low heat and add the marshmallows. Stir very often until melted together. Pour in rice krispies and stir to coat.

Spoon mixture into 13x9 dish coated with cooking spray. Use wax paper to press the mixture into the dish evenly and let cool (about 30 minutes).
2. Once cooled, cut the treats into about 2.5 x 2.5 inch squares. I got about 20 treats/nests out of this.

3. Mold each treat into a nest shape with your hands and press some sprinkles into the edges and center.
4. Place two Cadbury Mini Eggs in each nest.

We set up a little assembly line and the kids thought it was great fun.

I used colored sprinkles because that's what I had in my pantry, but I bet it would be great with chocolate sprinkles or toasted coconut to look more like twigs. It was a big hit and fun to do.

Definitely a new favorite in my house--maybe you can use it, too.


  1. I bought the ingredients to do this. Unfortunately, I ate most of the mini-eggs. Not sure I have enough to complete this project...

  2. We do basically the same thing with only 2 differences. We dye the rice krispie/marshmallow mixture green and instead of cutting them into squares and then re-shaping, we just press them into muffin tins. They are a HUGE hit at our family Easter gathering!

  3. I will definitely dye them green next year. I didn't really plan ahead for nests, but I certainly liked it in the end. Thanks for the ideas. Also, eating the mini-eggs is the best part. :)