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Easy No-Bake Spring Nests – A First Day of Spring Tradition

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These cute edible nest treats are easy to make, no oven required! The no bake treats are always a hit and they are a great way to celebrate spring or Easter.  Add your favorite egg shaped candies to make them extra special. 

chow mein noodle nests with candy eggs and toy chicks

   These spring nests are a first day of spring tradition in my family that is 30 years strong. They would be cute for Easter too. They are quick to make and tasty.

Crunchy, sweet, a little salty and you can fill them with your favorite egg shaped candies to make them extra cute.  We love passing them out to classmates and friends to spread a little joy. 

They would make a fun edible party favor for spring parties and baby showers as well!

    We have been making these nests for as long as I can remember.  The first day of spring meant bringing enough of these to share with our whole class in school.

   MiMi (my mom) found the recipe in the paper many moons ago.  She still has the original clipping. It is just a tad bit yellowed with age.

    I’d like to say this is much older than me, but my guess is that would be a lie!

yellowed newspaper clipping with crispy mallow nest recipe

I am not sure if we have ever made a single batch of these.  We normally make them by the dozens. 

We fill them with jelly beans and chocolate eggs and then share them with all of our friends and classmates. 

  Little Dude is carrying on the tradition by bringing some to day care.  He loves to bring treats to his friends at “school.”  He is so proud to bring things to share.  

pink platter filled with no bake spring nests ready to eat

 It is funny because it is the girls of the family that always end up making the nests.  It seems MiMi and I area always involved and whichever sister is around will help.

But it is my brothers who would be most disappointed if we started spring without them.  K.C. is always saying these are one of his favorite desserts! 

Besides these nests, we always enjoy celebrating the change of seasons with Spring Pea Salad and strawberry shortcakes.  What are your favorite spring dishes?

For A Larger Batch Use the Following

6 Tablespoons butter
4 Tablespoons peanut butter
10 ounce bag of marshmallows
12 ounce bag chow mein noodles

If chocolate is more your style, try my chocolate nests. They taste like haystacks but are perfect for spring!

Yield: 12 Servings

Easy No-Bake Spring Nests

pink platter filled with chow mein nests with jelly beans and chocolate eggs inside

hese spring nests are a first day of spring tradition in my family that is 30 years strong. They would be cute for Easter too. No-bake peanut butter goodness!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 3 cups or 5 oz can chow mein noodles
  • shortening for greasing fingers
  • Egg shaped candy

Instructions

  1. Melt together butter and peanut butter
  2. Add marshmallows. Melt and stir until smooth.
  3. Stir in chow mein noodles until evenly coated
  4. Grease fingers and shape clumps of noodles into nest shapes
  5. Let stand on waxed paper until firm. Fill with egg candies

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 155Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 192mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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These cute edible nest treats are easy to make, no oven required! The no bake treats are always a hit and they are a great way to celebrate spring or Easter.  Add your favorite egg shaped candies to make them extra special.

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Val

Monday 19th of March 2018

These are such a fun snack to have around for the kids (and adults). They remind me of a Christmas cookie my Mom makes. Thanks for linking it up to the Celebrate 365 Easter Recipes Blog Party!

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Thursday 30th of March 2017

We made these for Halloween when I was growing up (minus the jelly beans and chocolate eggs). It's so special to pass food and holiday traditions on. Congrats, you're featured at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party.

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Saturday 25th of March 2017

These are adorable, Carlee!

Carlee

Monday 27th of March 2017

Thank you, it just isn't spring without them!

Katie {The Mishaps and Mayhem of a Solitary Life}

Tuesday 21st of March 2017

These look delicious!! Anything with peanut butter...I'm in!! What a great tradition! And I loved seeing the old recipe!!

Carlee

Wednesday 22nd of March 2017

Me too, give me all of the peanut butter! Isn't it fun to see where it all began? It just wouldn't be spring without these nests!

Amy

Tuesday 21st of March 2017

These are so cute. I can't wait to try them for Easter!

Carlee

Wednesday 22nd of March 2017

Thank you! It just wouldn't be spring without them!