Edible Easter Craft! Jelly Bean Bird's Nests

  • 01 of 06

    How to Make Jelly Bean Bird's Nests

    Jelly Bean Bird Nests
    Jelly Bean Bird Nests. Kristina Vanni

    Dyeing eggs is certainly an Easter tradition, but this year have a little fun with this edible Easter craft!  

    Kids and adults alike will enjoy making these easy Jelly Bean Bird's Nests. Best of all?  You only need four ingredients to make this treat.  Here is your shopping list:

    • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
    • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
    • 3 cups Fiber One Original Cereal
    • Assorted colors of jelly beans
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  • 02 of 06

    Prepare the Pan

    Prepared Pan
    Prepared Pan. Kristina Vanni

    Start by lining baking sheets with non-stick foil and lightly coating with non-stick cooking spray.  

    Kitchen tip:  Believe me when I tell you it is worth investing in good aluminum foil for all your cooking needs. Even better if you buy the non-stick variety. Purchasing the cheap, flimsy stuff only results in frustration and you end up using twice as much anyways!    

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  • 03 of 06

    On the Stovetop

    Melting Chocolate
    Melting Chocolate. Kristina Vanni

    Next, spoon the sweetened condensed milk into a medium saucepan over low heat.  Add the chocolate chips and stir until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Keep an eye on this, because you don't want to chocolate to scorch!

    (Since we are dealing with the stovetop, this is the step where an adult will need to help out.)



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  • 04 of 06

    Fold in Cereal

    Fold in Cereal
    Fold in Cereal. Kristina Vanni

    Once the chocolate chips are melted, remove the saucepan from the heat and add the cereal. (Isn't it great that the original Fiber One looks like little "twigs?")

    Using a rubber scraper, quickly fold the cereal into the chocolate mixture until the cereal is completely coated.  

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  • 05 of 06

    Form the "Nests"

    Form Nests
    Form Nests. Kristina Vanni

    Now the kids can really get involved!

    Using a 1/2 cup measure, scoop the mixture and drop it onto the prepared baking sheets. The mixture will be sticky, so I suggest spraying your fingers with additional non-stick cooking spray as you press down lightly and form the nests into the desired shape by making a depression in the center. Just like real bird's nests, they don't have to be perfect! 


    Place the baking sheets in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until the nests are firm....MORE Once they are ready, gently peel the nests away from the foil and fill the center with jelly beans. 

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  • 06 of 06

    Fill and Enjoy!

    Easter Dessert for Kids
    Easter Dessert for Kids. Kristina Vanni

    This fun no-bake treat yields about 12 chocolate nests. You can also get creative with the "eggs." The malted milk ball Whoppers Robin Eggs are my all-time favorite Easter candy, so that's what I will use to fill mine this year!  

    No only is this a fun craft, but it also is a great make-ahead Easter dessert.