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 TimePrep: 25 min. + cooling
- 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
- 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.
Nutrition Facts1 each: 221 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 74mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
Originally published as Bird's Nests in Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook 2003