Greet your Easter guests with pint-sized crisp rice cereal treats. Place them at each spot around the lunch table or wrap them up as a dessert-to-go at the end of the afternoon. The green food dye transforms flake coconut into mock "grass" for your edible Easter basket.
1 (14 oz.) bag sweetened flake coconut
Green food dye
1 (7.5 oz.) jar Marshmallow Fluff
3 cups Rice Krispies
1/2 cup chocolate chips
24 Jordan almonds
How to Make It
Place 1 (14 oz.) bag sweetened flake coconut in a bowl. Use a toothpick to apply and stir in a few drops of green food dye. Let dry. Melt 1 (5 oz.) jar Marshmallow Fluff in a pan over medium-low heat, stirring, until soft and pliable. Stir in 3 cups Rice Krispies. Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips; remove from heat. Arrange 8 paper cupcake liners on a work surface. Mist hands with cooking spray. Gather a small amount of cereal mixture and shape to fit into a cupcake liner. Add more cereal to make a rim around top. Let cool. Make 7 more. Fill each nest with a bit of coconut and 3 Jordan almonds.
To make it easier to shape the cereal mixture into a nest, place the paper liners in a muffin pan so you'll have a hard surface to press against. You can use either liquid food coloring or food coloring gel or paste. Use a toothpick for the gel or paste; if you use the liquid food coloring, blend the coloring into the coconut with a fork.
I made this with the chinese noodles as suggested and they looked great but were difficult to eat. I also used bag marshmallows and added white chocolate chips melted with a cube of unsweetened chocolate b/c I didn't have any milk chocolate chips. This worked out good.
I think using the jarred marshmallow would work better because it creates "softer" rice krispie treats ( know this from experience) and the choco chips would strengthen. All in all, the chinese noodles looked cool but I think if I make again I'll use rice krispies so that the baskets are easier to eat.
Adorable! Got lots of ooohs and aaaahs from my family for Easter brunch - and they are DELICIOUS! I used less than half a bag of coconut and still had lots left, so cut that back, but otherwise, it was perfect. I got some cute cupcake papers in a pastel plaid pattern and put the nests on a platter with a daisy pattern. I'll definitely make these again next Easter.