Chocolate Easter Nests

First of all, Happy Easter! Hope you all have a lovely day with family or friends.

Now, my next recipe isn’t that revolutionary, but I thought I’d quickly type up how I make them, as they are a fun, little Easter craft and can be quite cost effective (don’t even you electricity to bake, but now I really am being frugal!)

I use cornflakes, just the basics ones, as I really can’t tell that much of a difference between those and the big brands. Personally, I like the Sainsburys Basics (25p) and the Morrisons Savers (26p), (not overly keen on the ASDA ones (25p), but with them all being under 30p for a whole box, you might as well try them out to decide.)

Also if you have any other plain cereals to use up, have a try at mixing those in, it will all help create more of a realistic nest texture. Those bran stick cereals are particularly good, though not to everyone’s taste.

I kept it quite classical, filling the nest with little Cadbury Mini eggs and chicks. But again, feel free to try other things out like. I got the little chicks last year after Easter, for 14p for the pack, so stock up after Easter, as they are fully sealed and so are fine to save for next year. Not only that, but they’re great to keep for next Easter, if children are doing Easter bonnet competitions (I’m not sure if they even still do them?) or any Easter crafts really, as you can end up spending quite a lot if you buy them just before you need them.

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The chocolate is just a bar of the saver chocolate; white, milk or dark would be fine. (Dark choc is always my fav.) If you had any leftover Easter eggs you can melt them down too. Although I always hear people say this, but it’s never been in this situation!

Cost: Around 10.8p per cake (inc. decorations and papercases.)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pack (50g) Supermarkets saver chocolate
  • 100g Supermarket saver Cornflakes (About 2 mugfuls – rather than getting the scales out)
  • 8 paper cases
  • To decorate:
  • 8 plastic chicks
  • 16 Cadbury Mini Eggs

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Method:

  1. Break chocolate into pieces and melt chocolate. Tip into a bowl and place the above a pan that if half filled with boiling water. Be sure that the water is not touching the base of the bowl, and that the water does not run dry when on the hob.Keep on a low heat, stirring occasionally until all chocolate is melted.
  2. (Alternatively you can put the broken up chocolate in a bowl in the microwaves on short, sharp burst of about 10 secs, stirring in-between. But be careful, it will burn the second you leave it too long and take your eye off it. After countless bowls of burnt choc, I now only do the first method!)
  3. Tip cornflakes onto a large bowl, and add melted choc, stirring all the time until it is all well coated.
  4. Finally, place the mixture into cases, add decorations, and leave to set (usually about 1hr.)

 

(P.S. You will notice I am missing a picture of the subject of this article. I arranged them nicely on the plate, but then camera battery was low. Went upstairs for 30 mins to recharge it. 30 mins too long- there was only one cake left for the photo. However, I will be making them again, and will eventually add a picture. Sorry!)

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