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To celebrate the arrival of spring, our Test Kitchen shaped chocolate-coated chow mein noodles into nests, then filled them with jelly bean "eggs". You may want to make a double batch because they're bound to fly off your table!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1 can (5 ounces) chow mein noodles
  • 2/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 45 to 60 jelly beans

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 221 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 74mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a saucepan, melt the chocolate chips and shortening over low heat; stir until smooth. Remove from the heat. Stir in the chow mein noodles and coconut until well coated. Divide into 15 mounds on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Shape into nests; press an indentation on the center. Place three or four jelly beans in each nest. Cool. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 15 servings.
Originally published as Bird's Nests in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2003, p156

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