The best part of any holiday is family gathering in the kitchen. I’ve always loved cooking and baking. Growing up, I couldn’t wait to share traditions with my future child. I would help both my grandmother and mother in the kitchen.
My grandma lived on a farm and I’d help her clean green beans, collect eggs, and bake German Chocolate Cake. I cherish those memories. My mother is an amazing baker and she would create elaborate cakes for our birthdays – remember the Barbie cakes? I had several of those.
And I also teach my 6-year-old how to cook and bake. But I am a modern woman and so we focus on fun and easy recipes.
Many families make Easter nests, which are candy nests made with chow mein noodles (although there are other variations). Most people I know use chocolate in their recipe, but I like to work with almond bark because it is more forgiving. It also sets faster which means we can eat these sooner.
I use both vanilla and chocolate almond bark for variety. I add coconut to the chocolate, and pretzels to the vanilla because the vanilla is sweeter and it adds a salty crunch. I love sweet and salty combinations. I hope you make these with your children!
Almond Bark Nests
Makes 20 nests
5 squares chocolate almond bark
5 squares vanilla almond bark
3 cups chow mein noodles
½ cup shredded coconut
½ cup broken pretzel pieces
Jellybeans or chocolate eggs
This makes 10 chocolate nests and 10 vanilla.
Spread wax paper out over two cookie sheets. Set aside.
Place chocolate almond bark in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 60 seconds. Stir and then microwave at 20 second intervals until the chocolate has melted. Stir in 1 ½ cups of chow mein noodles and ½ cup shredded coconut. Stir to coat.
Use two spoons to grab a mound of mix and place it on wax paper, try to make an indentation in the center so you can place a jellybean there later. Allow to cool for 40 minutes.
Place vanilla almond bark in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 60 seconds. Stir and then microwave at 20 second intervals until the bark has melted. Stir in 1 ½ cups of chow mein noodles and ½ cup crushed pretzels. I used mini rods. Stir to coat and when the mixture is coated in bark, spoon onto wax paper. Try to leave an indentation in the center. Cool. Once mixture has hardened, place one or two jellybeans in the center.