Easter Snack Nests

Easter snacks; This edible nest is made with pretzels, cereal, and marshmallows, and is filled with Easter candy.  Recipe and instructions included for these easy Easter snack edible nests.

Source:  Adapted from Buns in My Oven

Yield:  about 20 large nests

For some reason, coming up with a good Easter recipe to make has been hurting my brain.  Nothing that I thought about really seemed to be a very good idea.  I bought these Reese’s Pieces Eggs, which are rather fantastic and hard to resist, and I knew I wanted to use them somehow.  Green colored coconut seemed like a good idea, but coconut with peanut butter eggs did not.  *sigh*  Back to the drawing board.

It hit me that since these snack bars I had been wanting to make used pretzels, they might look nice shaped as a nest.  Chocolate… peanut butter… pretzels… Easter… AND I can use the Reese’s candy!  It’s the perfect solution!  I ran to the grocery store without hesitation.

I did make a couple changes to the Buns in My Oven recipe.  Her’s call for Chex cereal, but I used Rice Krispies.  I worried that Chex might be too chunky to shape into a nest, but if I was cutting them into bars as she did, I would definitely use the chex. I guess I could have used oats and coconut too, because they reminded me of a strange cross between a no-bake cookie and a rice krispie treat.

With Easter candy.


These are not too complicated to make, and don’t require any baking.  They are basically perfect.

And let me just mention that while the recipe calls for 2 cups of M&M’s (the whole bag), no one will blame you if you only put 1 1/2 cups in.  Also, if you don’t feel like shaping them into a nest, just put the rest in a well-greased muffin pan.  They make a rather large glob, but I doubt your kids will mind.  Mine certainly didn’t.

By the way, be sure to keep these in the fridge.  They are just too gooey and messy at room temperature.

Easter Snack Nests
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A cereal and pretzel snack, shaped as a nest, with candy eggs in the center.
Recipe type: Snacks
Serves: 15-20
  • 3 cups pretzel sticks, broken in half
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 2 cups M&M's candies
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 pkg. (10.5 oz) mini marshmallows (about 5-6 cups)
  • Reese's Pieces Eggs
  1. In large bowl, place pretzels, cereal, M&M's, and chocolate chips.
  2. In saucepan, melt butter and peanut butter until smooth. Add marshmallows and stir until melted.
  3. Pour marshmallow mixture over pretzel mixture, and stir to coat.
  4. Shape into nests, and place Reese's Pieces Eggs in the center.
  5. Chill for 30 minutes or more before eating. Store in refrigerator.

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2 thoughts on “Easter Snack Nests

  1. Kim

    Yum! There is nothing in that recipe that isn’t delicious! That means this recipe could be nothing but delicious! The perfect snack!


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