If you’re seeking some Easter inspiration, these Chocolate Pretzel Easter Nests may just be the answer
Salty-sweet chocolate-dipped pretzels are a delicious snack; make a bowl of them next time that you’re entertaining and watch them disappear.
Here I’ve adapted the idea and used them to make these gorgeous Easter nests. It takes just 2 ingredients to make the nests and you use the eggs of your choice to fill the nests.
To begin, I melt chocolate in a double boiler. I place the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl then put the bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Whilst melting the chocolate, I stir occasionally. I add the pretzels to the melted chocolate and stir to combine the two. I spoon a little of the mixture into an oiled patty pan tin, shape to a rough nest shape and place the tin into the fridge for the chocolate to set. And that’s as difficult as it is.
When ready to serve you just need to place the nests on a pretty platter and fill them with the eggs of your choice.
I have used chocolate eggs which have a crisp, coloured, candy shell. However, you could use brightly coloured, foil covered chocolate eggs or even brightly coloured jelly beans.
There is a great degree of symbolism associated with the Easter egg. Eggs have long been a symbol of new life. Early Christians adopted the egg as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus. The hard shell represents the sealed tomb into which Jesus’ body was placed and the emerging chicken represents the resurrection of Jesus.
So, in fact, these Chocolate Pretzel Easter Nests, whilst colourful and cheerful in appearance, are also symbolic of new life.
Add a colourful, cheerful note to your Easter celebrations with these easily prepared Easter Nests and have a great deal of fun making them. You may also like to try our Easy Easter Chocolate Cake, Easter Cookie Nests or Chocolate Leaf Easter Wreath.
Please let me know in the comments below if you try them.
Enjoy! Alex and Faye xx
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Chocolate Pretzel Easter Nests
- 200 g chocolate of your choice *
- 80 g pretzel sticks
- eggs/candy of your choice
- Brush or spray 2 patty pan* tins with olive oil.
- Break pretzel sticks into short lengths, about 2 cm/3/4 “
- Add a small amount of water to a saucepan and bring to a simmer.
- Place the chocolate into a heat-proof bowl. Break the chocolate into even size pieces. Place the bowl over the saucepan of simmering water. Be careful that your bowl does not touch the simmering water and ensure that water does not get into the chocolate*.
- Stir occasionally as the chocolate melts. When the chocolate has almost melted, remove the bowl from the saucepan. The residual heat will continue to melt the chocolate.
- Add the broken pretzel sticks to the chocolate and stir well to combine.
- Place about 2 teaspoons of the mixture into the patty pan cups. Use the tip of the teaspoon to shape the nests.If your room is cool, the chocolate will set. Alternatively, place the tray in the refrigerator until the chocolate has set.
- Add the eggs of your choice to the nests.
*The cups in patty pan trays have rounded bottoms. If you don’t have patty pan tins you can shape the nests, using 2 teaspoons, on non-stick baking paper.
*This amount of mixture makes18 nests so you will not need to oil all of the cups.
The greatest enemy of melting chocolate is water. If water should get into the chocolate it will seize, becoming thick, grainy and not suitable to use.