how to make a birds nest food

There are so many names for this one, but if you like toast and fried eggs you probably have a version of it. It makes a quick and easy breakfast that satisfies as the yolk soaks into crusty bread. My favorite here has sweet bites as well as savory ones. (Note: using both the oven and the skillet keeps from burning the cinnamon/sugar mixture).

Edible Bird’s Nests Easter Activity

My patience usually wears thin by the end of Spring Break, so I looked for things to do with my kids to keep them busy. I had to ask my friend for the recipe after I realized I had hit upon something special when she shared her recipe for an adorable edible bird nest on Facebook.

That evening, she kindly brought the handwritten recipe for bird nests to our daughters’ gymnastics practice. I can’t even recall the last time I received a handwritten recipe, but let me tell you how refreshing it is to receive one in this day and age.

Anyway, a cursory look at the recipe revealed that it’s essentially just a straightforward chow mein noodle version of Rice Krispies Treats.


Ingredients For bird in the nest

  • 2 slice favorite bread for toast
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 pinch fresh ground pepper

How To Make Edible Bird Nests For Easter

Just mini marshmallows, butter, vanilla extract, and dry chow mein noodles make up the ingredients. You can stuff the nests full of any kind of confection you like.

My children selected Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Pastel Candy Eggs and Peeps in every color. Even though I’ve never been a huge Peeps fan, those Reese’s Pieces eggs are delicious!

The nests were super simple to make. I discovered that the simplest method to create the appearance of a bird’s nest was to form the balls fairly tightly at first, then hollow out the center. Aren’t they so cute?.

Even though it didn’t keep them busy for as long as *I* would have preferred, the kids loved creating and decorating their nests, not to mention devouring them afterwards!

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Easy Edible Birds Nests With Peeps

Yield: 6 edible birds nests Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes

Kids can make these tasty and entertaining edible bird’s nests with Peeps chicks as an Easter DIY project. All you need is four ingredients to make the haystack nests and your favorite Easter candy to fill them.


  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups dry chow mein noodles
  • small decorative candies (Peeps chicks, jelly beans, chocolate eggs, etc.)


  1. The marshmallows and butter should be melted in a medium saucepan over low heat. Once combined, mix in the chow mein noodles and vanilla extract.
  2. Use silicone baking mats or parchment paper to line a cookie sheet.
  3. After allowing the mixture to cool slightly, lightly butter or use cooking spray on your hands.
  4. Gather a tiny handful of the chow mein mixture and quickly roll it into a ball. Next, hollow it out by pressing your thumbs into the center to form a nest-like shape.
  5. After letting the nests cool, enjoy decorating them with your favorite Easter candies!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4.9gCholesterol: 15.5mgSodium: 145mgCarbohydrates: 29.8gFiber: 1.2gSugar: 10.8gProtein: 3.1g

*nutrition information is calculated for edible birds nests only and does not include any candy decorations.

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How do you make a bird nest to eat?

Put chow mein noodles into a large bowl; pour marshmallow mixture over noodles and stir to coat. Spray hands with cooking spray or coat with butter so the noodles will not stick to your hands. Scoop noodle mixture from bowl with an ice cream scoop and form into balls, hollowing the center out to create the nest.

What are the ingredients in edible bird nest?

The major ingredients of edible bird nest are glycoproteins [2]. Sialic acid (9%) is the major carbohydrates found in edible bird nest. The other major carbohydrates include 7.2% galactosamine, 5.3% glucosamine, 16.9% galactose and 0.7% fucose [2].

How long to soak bird nest before cooking?

Soak the raw bird’s nest in cold water for 3-4 hours or overnight in the fridge. Place the bird’s nest in a pot and add 1-2 bowls of water for each nest, depending on your preference. Add wolfberries and red dates. Double boil and simmer for 2-3 hours until the bird’s nest is soft.