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White Chocolate Easter Nests

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These white chocolate bird nests are the perfect Easter treat! The recipe is very easy to make and is a great activity to make with the kids (adult supervision is needed for melting the chocolate). The white chocolate nests taste like delicious milk and cereal treats. It’s almost like a rice crispy but with more crunch and the addition of white chocolate. Plus, they are full of fibre! Like I said, delicious! You only need 4 simple ingredients and a pinch of Easter spirit. 

This recipe makes about 7 medium sized nests (about 3” or 8cm in diameter). These are perfect as cake or cupcake toppers or just on their own.

white chocolate nests with candy coated chocolate eggs

🍫 How to get that perfect melt

What kind of white chocolate should I use?

Make sure you are using a good quality white chocolate. Avoid white chocolate chips unless you know for sure that it is a good quality brand. White chocolate should have a yellow tint to it and easily melt when touching.

Why should I avoid white chips/candy melts

White chips and candy melts are not actually white chocolate, but a similar product where the cocoa fat is replaced with vegetable oil. This allows them to set to the perfect shiny and snappy texture without the lengthy process of tempering white chocolate. They taste very similar, but good quality white chocolate does have a creamier mouthfeel.

I used white chocolate so that the nests are soft at room temperature and have a creamy mouthfeel, offset with the delicious crunch from the cereal.

Why does white chocolate have a tendency to seize?

You will know that the white chocolate has seized when it becomes thick and curdled. This happens because the fat separated from the sugar and protein. White chocolate is more prone to seizing than milk or dark chocolate.
I have tested this recipe multiple times so the risk of this happening is very low!

With the next few tips you will learn how to avoid and fix curdled chocolate.

close up of white chocolate egg nests

How to prevent and fix seizing

Ways to prevent:

  • Use good quality white chocolate
  • Do not overheat the white chocolate: take it off the heat as soon as it is melted
  • Make sure that no water comes in contact with the chocolate 

Ways to fix:

  • Whisk the melted chocolate vigorously over a bowl filled with hot water. Be careful not to let any water splash inside
  • Add a half teaspoon of warm milk and whisk vigorously. If it doesn’t come together, add another half teaspoon and whisk
  • Try again with less oil

🥚 Chocolate egg alternatives

You can find the eggs at grocery, department, candy, or convenience stores at around Easter time. There are lots of different brands out there to choose from.

  • Chocolate, yogurt, or candy covered almonds
  • chocolate covered coffee beans
  • Chocolate or yogurt covered raisins
  • Jelly beans 
  • Anything that is mini egg shaped

🐰 Check out these other Easter recipes:

🥄 Let’s get makin’!

  1. Melt the white chocolate and coconut oil.
  2. Mix the crushed shredded wheat and melted chocolate well.
  3. Shape nests by scooping onto parchment paper and pressing down in the middle.
  4. Add eggs in threes and flick some black food colouring (optional) to speckle the eggs. Chill and enjoy!

Happy baking! xx

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white chocolate easter egg nests from the top

White Chocolate Easter Nests

Mary
These white chocolate bird nests are a perfect easter treat! The recipe is very easy to make and is a great activity to make with the kids (adult supervision is needed for melting the chocolate). The white chocolate nests taste like delicious milk and cereal treats. This recipe makes about 7 medium sized nests (about 3” or 8cm in diameter). These are perfect as cake or cupcake toppers or just on their own.
Prep Time 12 mins
Chill Time 10 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 7 nests

Equipment

  • Cookie scoop or large spoon
  • Large cookie or baking sheet
  • parchment paper
  • heatproof bowl
  • Small-medium saucepan

Ingredients
  

  • 7 oz good quality white chocolate 200g
  • 4 large “bricks” of original shredded wheat 95g
  • 1 tsp coconut oil refined if you don’t like the flavour of coconut oil
  • 21 candy coated chocolate mini Easter eggs approximately – you may need more for snacking
  • black or brown food colouring optional

Instructions
 

  • Line a large baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper.
  • Bring a medium saucepan with a few inches of water to a simmer. Find a heat proof bowl that fits over the top of the saucepan but doesn’t touch the water.
  • In a large bowl, pull apart the shredded wheat with your hands, crushing any lumps. Set aside.
    4 large “bricks” of original shredded wheat
  • Finely chop the white chocolate with a serrated knife. Combine the chocolate and coconut oil in the prepared heat proof bowl. Stir constantly until melted and smooth.
    7 oz good quality white chocolate, 1 tsp coconut oil
  • Pour the melted chocolate into the prepared shredded wheat.
  • Mix thoroughly so that all the shredded wheat is covered in the chocolate.
  • Using a large spoon or cookie scoop, scoop out the mixture in mounds onto the parchment lined sheet. Use the back of the spoon gently shape a dip in the middle of the mound to create a nest. Tidy any scraggly edges by pushing them back into the mound with your fingers.
  • Place the candy coated chocolate eggs in threes in the middle of each nest.
    21 candy coated chocolate mini Easter eggs
  • To speckle the eggs, dip a paintbrush into the food colouring. Tap off excess. Hold the brush up with one hand. With the other (wearing a glove), bend back the bristles towards you and release. This will spray the food colouring onto the eggs. Repeat with the rest of the eggs in the nests.
    black or brown food colouring
  • Refrigerate for 10 minutes to set.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. These can be made a few days in advance. Let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before eating so that the chocolate softens up.

Notes

Tips to avoid the white chocolate from seizing
  • Use good quality white chocolate
  • Do not overheat the white chocolate: take it off the heat as soon as it is melted
  • Make sure that no water comes in contact with the chocolate 
How to fix seized white chocolate
  • Whisk ganache vigorously over a bowl filled with hot water. Be careful not to let any water splash inside
  • Add a half teaspoon of warm milk and whisk vigorously. If it doesn’t come together, add another half teaspoon and whisk
  • Try again with less oil
Keyword Chocolate nests, Easter treats, easy desserts, Seasonal, white chocolate

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