Chocolate Bird Nests

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I found this little ‘how to’ recipe in the spring Kraft What’s Cooking magazine.  While originally designed for Easter, I think it would be perfect on any spring table.

Begin with a box (8 squares) of baker’s Semi-Sweet chocolate (the red box, not the blue one).

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Microwave in large bowl until almost melted (about two minutes) and then stir until completely smooth.

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Grab yourself about two cups of chow mein noodles.  Before adding them to the chocolate, you have a choice.  Leave the noodles whole and gently stir them in.  Or, if you want to make smaller nests, break them in half first.

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I left mine whole to make larger nests.

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I shaped mine into six larger nests, using about a palmful of noodles each time.  This part is not for the faint of heart.  It is messy.  But clean up is definitely part of the fun!

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Chill them for about two hours or so.  They will lose their glossiness once they are solid.

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Add in some Mini-Eggs and voila!  Instant bird’s nest.  I think these would also be great baby show favours, placed in a Chinese take out box, nestled in some coloured grass.  Or name card holders for a spring meal.

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