Thursday, April 13, 2017

Chocolate coconut nests for Easter (Repeat Performance!)

Ruthy here! I am repeating this wonderful, simple, marvelous Easter treat from three years ago because this has always been a family favorite and it's such an easy (and impressive) treat to take to parties or to use in baskets. You can use this candy as a "mound" without the jelly beans (like a drop cookie, with no baking!) but our favorite is to use the tiny jelly beans (not the weird flavored ones, okay?) to make the "bird" nest effect. 

Easy-peasy, I'm tellin' youse.

Here's all you need: (I use the Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips or the Hershey's Milk Chocolate chips. Dark chocolate works, too, it's just a matter of taste...)

I keep toasted coconut in the freezer all the time. It's so simple, just lay a bag of coconut on a cookie sheet, spread it out, and toast in a 275° for about 20 minutes, give or take. I stir it around every five minutes or so. Remove from oven when most of the coconut has turned golden brown and is crisped up.

So for this easy peasy Easter treat:

Melt 2 bags of milk or dark chocolate chips over low heat. I use this method which helps prevent graying... some folks use the microwave. Whatever works for you!  Hershey's milk chocolate chips melt wonderfully with very little chance of graying as long as you melt them s-l-o-w-l-y. Which means you can get other stuff done...

Oh, RANDOM!!!! But wonderful!

Waterbrook Press/Random House has re-released my wonderful "Double S Ranch" series in mass market size, so the first two books are available across the country... Walmarts, Krogers, Meijer, Barnes&Noble, wherever books are sold, and I'm so excited! If you see either of these books in the store, snap a pic, post it to facebook or twitter and tag me in it! (that means mention my name...) and you'll go in a drawing for book 3 "Peace in the Valley", not yet released. You can win it before you can buy it!
These two were spotted hanging out together in North Carolina!!! 
And now back to making chocolate nests:

I love this vintage Pyrex bowl. It brings back lots of memories of my mother and grandmother, and my older sister, cooking up wonderful things in these bowls! 

Put the first bag of chips in the bowl over a pot of very warm water. When they get soft, toss in the other bag and stir... stir again in a few minutes.... Once they've all "smoothed" (melted) add in about 2 cups of toasted coconut.

Drop by rounded tablespoons onto foil covered cookie sheet. Dip spoon in center to make nest "divet" or hollow. Mary Ruth likes helping Grammy!  :)  (Shamelessly exploiting small children for kitchen labor and to sell sweet books... And I'm okay with all of that, LOL!)

Now we add the bird eggs, aka: Jelly beans. I use smaller ones like they do at Russell Stover because they're SO STINKIN' CUTE!

Put in cool place (not like "hip" cool, or "chic" cool but temperature cool...) to firm up. No refrigeration needed.

Ah, help has arrived! They love the placing little "eggs" part the best!

And this is what they do at Russell Stovers:

You can buy one of these for $.99

We just made 23 of them in about ten minutes time (minus when I toasted the coconut and put it in a double zip-loc freezer bag...)  

For about $5.... Okay, maybe $6.  I buy chocolate chips at Sam's or when they're on sale and this week you can get two bags for $4.... so then $2 for the coconut and handful of jellybeans.

Pretty sweet deal, right?

If you have colored plastic wrap, it's cute to wrap them in it and put a smidge of tape on bottom.

And that's it.


Here's the bane to my diet:

Right here, in person:




Oh, I'm laughing because when I originally wrote this post, I think Mayor Bloomberg had just outlawed large drinks. Obviously I felt compelled to take a shot at him!

Holy Week is my favorite week of the year. Easter is still such a beautifully sacred holy day around here, and our 40 days of Lent are focused on remembering what's been done in our name... and being grateful for the amazing life we've been given.

Even with a few naughty kids, now and then!

So this week is filled with lovely services, quiet time, prayerful moments, and then the wonderful family celebration of the risen Lord on Sunday.

God is good, all the time...

And we are so blessed to be in a land where freedom of religion is a right... not a privilege.

God bless America, and happy Easter! 


  1. I have the same bowl! Actually, I have two. My sister has the four color set and I found two large yellow bowls. I'm such a Pyrex nut! Good thing I'm trying to live a "downsized" life so we can move when ready or I'd be ALL ABOUT THE PYREX.
    Happy Easter to all!

    1. I've had that bowl for decades... and I see them at antique co-ops, they're a popular vintage item! How about that?

      I'm vintage!!!!

  2. And it actually feels like Easter up here. Finally!!!!! Warm and sunny and the snow is melting, melting, melting. I haven't made these yet but it's potluck at church this Sunday and this would be cute for the kids. Happy Easter!!!

    1. Kav, we make these all the time for parties. They're easy, folks love them, and they're so cute with the jelly bean eggs! They also make great "drops" or "clusters" with no jelly beans involved!

  3. I have to save this for some future time when we have little children hanging around the house again. At least THIS year, we have two of the couples married. Moving in the right direction. :)

    Have a blessed Easter, Ruthy!

    1. I'm the one who loves these more than life itself, LOL! I hide them from the kids.... I give them a Starburst, LOL!

      I love that you've got two beautiful young couples there. How sweet they are, my friend!

  4. I love these sweet (in more ways than one) little chocolate nests. My only problem might be eating them before the children get a chance at them!

    My hubby took a notion years ago to start collecting green jadite Fire King mugs because he insisted coffee tastes best in them. In the end he has collected more than 80 mugs and several other pieces, too. Except for a bowl. No bowls. I had a set of three large jadite bowls years before he began collecting, but I put them in our garage sale when we were moving. Silly me! One was even a mixing bowl with handle and pouring spout. Ackkk!!! Now that I've remembered that, I think I'll go make chocolate nests and eat several!

    1. Carol, consider these adult nests!!! :)

      Do you see what those mugs are worth???

      OH MY STARS!!! It's so pretty, Carol, I've never seen anything like that. Lovely!!!!

      We have favorite mugs, too.... It has to fit the mouth right. :)

      Yes, we[re weird, too!!! YAY!!!

  5. These look wonderful! And I need to try those jelly beans. But I DO love the Jelly Bellies and the weird flavors! I buttered popcorn!

    1. I know you do.... and I don't like the weird flavors at all... it's like...eeeewwwwwww......... :( but I love Starburst jelly beans.... love them!!! :)

  6. Chocolate... Cocunut... How could these be bad, Ruthy? But some of my crew might frown at the coconut. Like the story of the little boy who saw a coconut cake on the counter. His mother asked if he would like a piece. He said, "Yes, but can I have mine without fingernails?" LOL! Kids say the darnedest things.

    1. That's so funny!!! Well, you can do these with finely crushed/chopped nuts, too... and then they work for the non-coconut lovers among us.... but I love the fingernail story!

  7. Yum and easy is always nice. Thank you for sharing.

    Easter is a beautiful with trees budding forth and so many pretty flowers. But Hallelujah the real reason to celebrate is the Risen of Jesus--our Lord and Savior. Easter blessings to you and yours, Ruthy.

  8. I tried to stay away from this post because eating too many of these brand name coconut chocolate nests seemed to be the allergy trigger that put me over the top last week. Boo Hoo.
    I guess I just need to make them as Christmas trees in December instead when seasonal allergies don't threaten to complicate things.