“Hedwig didn’t return until the end of the Easter holidays. Percy’s letter was enclosed in a package of Easter eggs that Mrs. Weasley had sent. Both Harry’s and Ron’s were the size of dragon eggs, and full of home-made toffee. Hermione’s, however, was smaller than a chicken’s egg. Her face fell when she saw it.
“Your mum doesn’t read Witch’s Weekly, by any chance, does she, Ron?” she asked quietly.
“Yeah,” said Ron, whose mouth was full of toffee. “Gets it for the recipes.”
Hermione looked sadly at her tiny egg.”
― J.K. Rowling,
This is a super simple Easter Treat to make, and it’s very yum. The nests are made from chocolate and shredded coconut, and they make a perfect home for small candy or chocolate eggs, or other Easter novelties.
Let the kids help you, and you’ll have these whipped up in no time.
Ingredients to make six nests:
200g of your favourite milk, dark or white chocolate
60 grams of unsweetened shredded coconut* (Shredded coconut is longer than desiccated coconut and holds the nest shape better! – see pic below)
Small candy or chocolate eggs or chickens for your nests
*If you prefer, you could substitute the coconut for slivered almonds, cornflakes or crunchy chow mein noodles.
Line a tray with baking paper.
Melt the chocolate by placing in a bowl over simmering water and stirring until melted (don’t let any steam or water get into your chocolate or it will go lumpy and hard!) or melt in a microwave (use medium heat only and melt in short bursts)
Allow to cool slightly, dump in coconut and mix well to combine.
Use a dessert spoon to scoop up a large spoonful of chocolate mix. Place on baking paper and shape into a small circle. Hollow out the centre slightly to make a nest shape.
Before the chocolate cools completely, place your eggs or chickens in the nest so that they become attached to the nest and don’t roll out!
Place in the fridge to finish setting hard.
Hint – If you are making several different chocolate batches, start with white chocolate, and then milk, and then make dark chocolate batches last. This way you can use the same mixing bowl without washing between batches.