Holy – very holy – crap; Easter is this weekend! Fudge! …. Or semi-sweet chocolate morsels.
Easter is a time for crafts with the kids and dying Easter eggs. Usually you put those eggs in some basket like they were stolen from the mama bird with no remorse. A basket is a commercialized symbol of “the man” that marginalizes the plight of the the bird; mass-produced in some factory that doesn’t care about your eggs or whether they’re organic and non-gmo. (You millenials sold on dumping baskets yet?)
This year go the non-commercial route and put those eggs in a completely edible nest so those eggs feel like they’re at home and your kids will have a fun project that involves everyone’s favorite …. chocolate.
It’s also a very quick and easy project, unlike overrated baskets. Could you imagine weaving your own basket? You don’t even get to eat it afterward!
All you need is a bag of large pretzel rods, Nestle Toll House semi-sweet chocolate morsels and, if you want to add flowers like we did, a couple of Fruit by the roots.
Melt two cups of the morsels in a microwave safe bowl on high power for 45 seconds, then stir. If needed, heat at additional 15 second intervals, stirring vigorously after each interval until melted.
Now comes the fun part. I say let your kids enjoy it and make a little mess with the chocolate. I enjoyed making a mess as an adult. Dip each pretzel rod in chocolate and form a nest base. Work your way up stacking the rods intertwined until you get something that resembles a nest. Refrigerate your nest for half an hour then add eggs inside.
If you want to add edible flowers take a Fruit by the foot and unroll it. As you reroll it pinch it against itself at the bottom. Continue to reroll keeping the top part aligned and punching a bit higher each time. Allow for natural ebbs and flows in it. Eventually it will look like a flower.
Happy Easter from Newdie Mag!