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Chow Mein Noodle Candy Nests

Easy to make chow mein noodle candies! Some call these haystacks, some call them nests, but whatever you call them they are fun to make with the kids and taste absolutely delicious!These Easter Candy Nests (chow mein haystacks) are the perfect easy holiday treat to make with kids. Only 5 kid-friendly ingredients and lots of fun - beware of dirty, sticky hands!Do you remember candy like this from when you were little? Gobs of chewy goodness made from chow mein noodles? I remember not quite being sure about the hard crunchy noodle part but once I bit into them I didn’t care!

Chow Mein Noodle Candy – aka Noodle Nests and Haystacks

These Easter Candy Nests are easy to make, messy, fun and tasty.  This is a recipe from my archive that I made with my boys or I should say I let them make them and I watched.   They had a blast and got extra gooey and sticky!

Chow Mein Noodle Candy - the perfect treat to make for and with kids! Once these were done I used them as a centerpiece of sorts.  I flipped over some wine glasses and goblets, filled the bottoms with speckled eggs, jelly beans, and card stock flowers and put a nest on the top of each mini cloche.Chow Mein Noodle Candy - the perfect treat to make for and with kids!

Here are my chefs, *sigh* how I miss these days; the morning hair and smiling little faces.  I loved to catch them right when they woke up and coerce them into fun projects like this?!?  The little guy on the left is still my little guy, but growing quicker than I care to say, and the guy on the right, he is almost all grown up now.  If you want to see what they look like now here is a picture from last summer celebrating their oldest brother’s college graduation.

Yields 12 servings

Easter Candy Nests ~ A Make With the Kids Recipe

10 minPrep Time

40 minTotal Time

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1 jar {7 ounces} marshmallow creme

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

2 tablespoons butter melted

1 can {5 ounces} chow mein noodles

1 cup pastel M&M's


  1. In a mixing bowl, beat marshmallow creme, peanut butter and butter until smooth.
  2. Fold in noodles and M&M's.
  3. Chill until easy to handle.
  4. Cover baking sheet with waxed paper.
  5. Use approximately 1/3 cup of mixture and form into nests.
  6. Chill for 30 minutes.
Chow Mein Noodle Candy - the perfect treat to make for and with kids!
Chow Mein Noodle Candy - the perfect treat to make for and with kids!

Once they were all done and clean up took place, i.e., they washed all the stickiness away, they taste-tested their creation.  They gave these a 10 out of 10 (there could be some partiality in their scoring) and wanted to make them again.

Chow Mein Noodle Candy - the perfect treat to make for and with kids!

Did you have these when you were little or have you ever made them for yourself and your family? I would love to hear about any tweaks you have for your recipe.  I’m always looking for ideas and inspiration!

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Monday 10th of April 2017

I am so making Easter nests with my granddaughters! I had forgotten making haystacks with my children! Thanks for the memories! :)

Mary Beth

Monday 10th of April 2017

Oh my sounds like a fun day with your granddaughters! Thanks for sharing your plans :)