by Stephen Chavez
Confetti eggs. Jelly beans. Easter Baskets. It’s a fun time this week for the family to enjoy yummy goodies while being thankful for their blessings. These nifty Easter egg nests are made with rice krispies. The gooey, marshmallow mixture makes a perfect dessert to take to the park for your family picnic. Best of all, they are easy to make and easier on the family budget. Plus, you can get your children involved in helping to shape them and fill them with their favorite Easter candies. For an extra sugar rush, you can add green colored shredded coconut or drizzle melted chocolate on the nests before adding the candies.
1/4 cup butter
4 cups miniature marshmallows (about 40 regular sized marshmallows)
5 cupsKellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal
1 package Jelly beans or other small egg-shaped candies
1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
2. Quickly add the cereal. Stir until well incorporated.
3. With clean hands and/or using a spoon, scoop the mixture into a mini-muffin pan. Shape the mixture by pressing the cereal in the tin. Then using your thumb, or the end of a wooden spoon, make an indentation for the “eggs” to nest in. Cool. Remove from pans.
4. Fill cooled nests with jelly beans or chocolate eggs. You can make the nests two days ahead and then just wrap with plastic and keep them in your refrigerator until ready to use. They can lose their shape if your kitchen is too warm or has an awesome south-facing window.
Yields 48 little nests
As a mother of twin tweens in 2011 and an active Girl Scout Troop leader, Cristy realized there was a need to develop bilingual digital content and foster a community facing the challenges of raising kids after first grade. That year she founded and remains co-Publisher of Los Tweens & Teens, to support multicultural parents and mentors with content related to raising Gen Z- tweens & teens ages 7-18. Through the Los Tweens & Teens LIVE events such as Teens & Me – the growing team aims to provide our community with essential resources from chats with therapists to battle anxiety and bullying, to understanding social media and technology.
A New Jersey native of Cuban decent, Cristy is a board member of Amigos For Kids – a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse in the South Florida community. She is a teenage cancer survivor and speaks nationally at conferences and volunteers with cancer-awareness organizations such as St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Florida.