How To Make A Chocolate Nest With Shredded Wheat
Shredded wheat chocolate nests, the perfect no-bake dessert for Easter. This recipe is perfect for kids and the taste is indulgently satisfying.
You can’t go through Easter without making chocolate Easter nests, it’s every child’s dream and an indulgent treat for adults too.
Even though everyone knows how to make Easter nests, (you’re simply mixing shredded wheat and melted chocolate together), sometimes it’s hard to get the perfection ratio of ingredients.
That’s where this recipe comes in! These shredded wheat easter nests are twiggy, crunchy and perfectly smothered in chocolate. Plus, it’s made with just 2 ingredients (or 3 if you add mini eggs).
Why You’ll Like This Recipe
Melted chocolate and shredded wheat mixed together makes one of the best Easter desserts ever! Here are a few reasons why you’ll love this recipe as much as I do:
- Making Easter nests is a fun activity to do with kids.
- It’s so chocolatey and slightly crunchy too.
- There’s no baking involved!
- You can decorate Easter nests with mini eggs or other decorations of your choice.
- Only 10 minutes prep time.
Watch How To Make It
Shredded Wheat Easter Nests Recipe Ingredients
Below are the few ingredients needed to make these no-bake Easter nests with shredded wheat:
- Shredded Wheat: Large pillow-shaped breakfast cereal made from wheat. They are crushed up to make Easter nests.
- Chocolate: Use good quality chocolate as it’s one of the main ingredients. I used milk chocolate baking chocolate.
- Mini Eggs (Optional): Topping these shredded wheat nests with mini eggs is optional, but it does complete the recipe. You don’t have to use Cadbury mini eggs; other branded chocolate is fine to use too.
What Chocolate Can I Use?
You can use milk, white, dark or any type of chocolate, I prefer using milk chocolate and it’s a big hit with kids too. The type of chocolate you use is up to you, you can stick with one flavour or use more than one.
If you prefer a bitter and less sweet taste, then you can use dark chocolate instead. White chocolate Easter nests also taste great and are generally more sweet.
Stick with baking chocolate to prevent the mixture from turning grainy in the microwave.
How To Make Shredded Wheat Easter Nests
Below is a step-by-step guide on how to make shredded wheat Easter nests with mini eggs chocolate. Full recipe instructions are on the recipe card:
Line a baking tray or cupcake tray with cupcake cases and set it aside for later use.
Break chocolate into pieces, put it into a large mixing bowl. Melt in the microwave over a low to medium heat.
Stop the microwave regularly every 10 to 15 seconds and stir to prevent burning or the mixture turning grainy.
TIP: You can also melt the chocolate in a pan over a low to medium heat. Stir regularly to prevent burning.
Crush the shredded wheat and pour it into the melted chocolate. Mix until the crushed shredded wheat is covered in chocolate.
With a spoon, divide the mixture into 12 cupcake cases and make a dent in the middle using either a spoon or your fingertips.
Press three mini eggs into each dent and put the tray containing the Easter nests into the fridge for 30 minutes or until set.
My Top Tips
Instead of pouring all the shredded wheat into the melted chocolate mixture at once, you can add it gradually a little at a time. This way, you can stop adding extra shredded wheat when there’s not enough chocolate to cover the rest.
For really big shredded wheat nests you can separate the mixture into 6 large muffins. Or you can make 12 mini Easter nests by using cupcake cases.
When crushing the shredded wheat, try to keep some longer strands to create a twig-like effect similar to a bird’s nest.
Make sure you mix the chocolate and crushed shredded wheat together thoroughly. Otherwise, when set, the Easter nests will fall apart as they haven’t been combined properly.
You don’t have to use cupcake cases (though they do look cute). You can place them straight onto the baking tray, just make sure it’s non-stick.
How To Crush Shredded Wheat
To crush the cereal, place it into a sandwich bag and use a rolling pin to bash the cereal into small pieces. Don’t bash the shredded wheat into a fine powder, as you’ll want the chocolate nests to have a variety of textures and look twig-like.
Having small to medium stranded shredded wheat is perfect, if it’s too large then it will be harder for the chocolate to hold the pieces together.
Can I Make Easter Chocolate Nests With Other Cereal?
Yes, you can make Easter nests with a variety of different cereals: all-bran, rice krispies, cocoa pops and others are perfect for this recipe.
My favourite to use is shredded wheat when making easter nests, though I also love my Chocolate Cornflake Easter Nests too.
You can even make this recipe with melted marshmallows like this marshmallow cornflake cake!
How To Store & Freeze Shredded Wheat Easter Nests
To store, keep the shredded wheat chocolate nests in the fridge and eat within 2 to 3 days. If you keep it for any longer, you may notice that the texture will start to soften.
You can also keep these nests at room temperature (if you’re not in a hot climate).
To Freeze: Allow the Easter nests to cool down completely before placing in an airtight container or in a sandwich bag. Place in the freezer and freeze for up to 3 months. When you’re ready, defrost at room temperature.
Shredded Wheat Nests Recipe Variations
Though I used mini eggs to decorate the Easter nests, you can use other Easter chocolates like Oreo chocolate eggs, Malteser Easter bunnies and mini cream eggs. Making Easter nests is so fun because you can decorate it with whatever you like.
Don’t want a nest shape? No problem! You can form shredded wheat Easter nests into one large bowl, mini heart shapes, squares or whatever you like. You’ll have to work quick to prevent the chocolate form setting before you’ve finished shaping it.
You can add extra ingredients like chopped nuts, seeds or chunks of marshmallows, really, the flavour opportunities are endless.
You can make this recipe more indulgent by adding 2 tbsp of golden syrup and 50g of butter. Melt these ingredients with the chocolate.
Love This Recipe? Try These Easter Recipes Next…
- Mini Egg Cookies
- Mini Egg Tiffin
- Cheesecake In An Easter Egg!
- Mini Egg Brownies
- Mini Egg Cookie Bars
- Hot Cross Bun Bread And Butter Pudding
Easter Shredded Wheat Nests
Shredded Wheat Easter Nests
- 300 g Milk Chocolate
- 5 Shredded Wheat (Full Sized)
- Mini Eggs (Or Other Easter Chocolates)
- Line a baking tray or cupcake tray with cupcake cases and set it aside for later use.
- Break chocolate into pieces, put it into a large mixing bowl. Melt in the microwave over a low to medium heat.Stop the microwave regularly every 10 to 15 seconds and stir to prevent burning or the mixture turning grainy.
- Crush the shredded wheat and pour it into the melted chocolate. Mix until the crushed shredded wheat is covered in chocolate.
- With a spoon, divide the mixture into 12 cupcake cases and make a dent in the middle using either a spoon or your fingertips.
- Press three mini eggs into each dent and put the tray containing the Easter nests into the fridge for 30 minutes or until set.
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