Family Traditions: No-Bake Bird Nest Treats

By contributing writer Tara Mitchell of This Sweet Life and Embark on the Journey.


I can’t remember ever eating a bird nest treat when I was growing up. However, several years ago, my mother-in-law made some with Emma while she was visiting. They have become one of our Easter family traditions.

Emma looks forward to all the gooey, messy fun of making these all on her own. This year, she mixed it up a little bit by creating a variety of yummy, chocolatey nests.

How to make bird nest treats

How to Make Bird Nest Treats

This tasty treat is super simple. Your kids may even be able to make them all on their own. All you need to make bird nest treats is the following:

  • 1 bag of chocolate chips
  • 1 bag of butterscotch chips
  • 1 bag of chow mein noodles
  • Candies to top your nests

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Step 1: Pour both bags of candy chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at 50%. Start with one minute and continue if necessary. We had to heat ours for a full two minutes.

Step 2: Pour your bag of chow mein noodles in the bowl, and stir until evenly coated.

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Step 3: Now it’s time to get messy! Use your hands to build your nests. I recommend making them relatively small, but Emma wanted to go big. Simply scoop out some of the noodles and pile them on wax paper to form your nests.

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Step 4: Now comes the fun part! Add eggs and chicks to your nests. Emma chose to use speckled jellybeans, but in the past we have used Robin’s Egg candies. She also wanted to add Peeps chicks to her nests.

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Have you ever made bird nest treats before? How do you prefer to top yours? Next time we make them, I want to substitute peanut butter chips for the butterscotch and use Robins Eggs instead of jellybeans. Yum!



Tara is wife to Matt and homeschool momma of three. Her children are 21, 16, and 11 – two boys and one girl. She is currently homeschooling her daughter – 6th grade. When she’s not blogging, Tara enjoys crocheting and snuggling up with a good book. She and her family recently moved from Texas to Ohio, and they’re having fun exploring their new surroundings. She blogs about homeschooling, motherhood, and family life on both of her blogs – This Sweet Life and Embark on the Journey.

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