Easter Candy Nests ~ A Make With the Kids Recipe

These Easter Candy Nests are easy to make, messy, fun and tasty.  This is an old school recipe that I remember from when I was little but I've never made it with my boys until this year.  They had a blast, got gooey and sticky, and I had fun watching them make these pretty little Easter Candy Nests.

These would be pretty on an Easter buffet atop upside down glasses ~ I filled some of the glass bottoms with speckled eggs, jelly beans and card stock flowers.

Don't you love the morning hair and smiling faces on the chefs!!! It's best to catch them right when they wake up for fun like this?!?

📖 Recipe

Easter Candy Nests ~ A Make With the Kids Recipe

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Prep Time:10 minutes
Total Time:40 minutes


  • 1 jar {7 ounces} marshmallow creme
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 can {5 ounces} chow mein noodles
  • 1 cup pastel M&M's


  • In a mixing bowl, beat marshmallow creme, peanut butter and butter until smooth.
  • Fold in noodles and M&M's.
  • Chill until easy to handle.
  • Cover baking sheet with waxed paper.
  • Use approximately ⅓ cup of mixture and form into nests.
  • Chill for 30 minutes.

As with any of my recipes, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly depending on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish.

Servings: 12 servings
Author: Mary Beth

The boys couldn't wait to eat their creations.

And I had a nice memory from the past to share with my younger sons.

Linking to:  Today's Homework: Be Inspired, Live. Laugh. Rowe., Beyond the Picket Fence, The Taylor House, Katherine's Corner, French Country Cottage, Design Dining and Diapers, The Frugal Girls, 504 Main, One Project Closer, Simply Designing, The Shady Porch, Tatertots and Jello

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  1. Cindy Eikenberg says:

    These sound delicious, Mary Beth, and your photo with the nests on top of the glasses is stunning! Have a fabulous Wednesday and pinning!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Cindy!

  2. pianolady5 says:

    What a fun project! 🙂 And my kids look just about that enthusiastic in the mornings, too. LOL It's also best to catch mine in the mornings if there's a project that needs doing. Once they get going, it's really hard to stop them. 😀 We might try this soon.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Mel! The kids did have fun once they got moving ~ I just love the crabbiness ~ for some reason it always cracks me up.

      Have a blessed day.

      Hugs, Mary Beth

  3. We made these in my son's 1st grade class. The kids loved making them, but especially enjoyed eating them!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks, Melanee ~ I tasted them and they were much better than I thought they would be!

      Have a great week.

      Mary Beth

  4. Elena @ `a casarella says:

    We are on spring break next week and I think I might have to make these with the girls. SO cute!

  5. These look delicious and so cute!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Rachel!

  6. Katherines Corner says:

    MaryBeth these are terrific and what handsome helpers you have! Thank you for joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

  7. Shauna {The Best Blog Recipes} says:

    Yummy & a cute idea! Just saw your link over at Tidy Mom and thought I'd come and check it out 🙂

    I'd LOVE for you to link up a few recipes, projects or crafts at my weekend Link Party {The Weekend re-Treat} on The Best Blog Recipes that is going on right now! https://thebestblogrecipes.blogspot.com/

    Hope to see you there!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Shauna ~ I'll be sure to link up some posts this weekend!

      Have a great week.

      Mary Beth

  8. D@TheShadyPorch says:

    Yum...I make a butterscotch version we call haystacks or hopscotch but I had never thought of using them as nests!!! Great idea! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend! D

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Oh...butterscotch sounds divine!

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  10. These are so cute! I have a young son and it's hard to find things for us to make together that are easy and fun. I think he'll love this!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Jill ~ my littlest guy loved making them and my middle guy...he loved eating them!

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