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Easter Goody Nests


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Ingredients:

  • Dried flaked coconut
  • Green food coloring
  • PAM (or comparable non-sticking spray), optional
  • 6 tb (3/4 stick) margarine or butter
  • 1 pk (10 oounce) regular marshmallows (about 40)
  • 6 c Corn flakes (or, substitute Rice Krispies)
  • 1 Marshmallow chicken for each "nest"
  • Several jelly beans of jelly bellies for each "nest"
  • Cardstock (for poem)
  • Clear plastic wrap (to protect completed nests)
  • Custard cups (optional)

Directions:

1. Tint coconut green. Set aside until dry.
 
2. Spray PAM inside custard cups. Set aside. (If you don't have custard cups, omit this step.)
 
3. Put all but two teaspoons (1/3 cup) margarine or butter in large saucepan. Cook over low heat until melted.
 
4. Stir in marshmallows. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until marshmallows melt and mixture is syrupy.
 
5. Remove pan from heat and stir in cereal.
 
6. Butter your fingers with remaining 2 teaspoons butter or margarine. Working quickly, form cereal mixture into balls.
 
~ If you are using the custard cups, press each ball against bottom and sides of each cup, forming a nest.
 
~ If you are not using custard cups, simply make free- form nests sufficiently large to hole the marshmallow chicken and a few jelly beans or jelly bellies.
 
7. Sprinkle a little green-tinted coconut over each nest to simulate grass.
 
8. Place a few jelly beans or jelly bellies over the grass (varying the colors) to simulate eggs.
 
9. Place a yellow marshmallow chicken in the middle of the nest (so that the mama hen appears to be surrounded by her eggs).
 
20. If you _KNOW_ that _ALL_ of the recipients are Christian, print the following quotation onto cardstock. (The poem adds a wonderful touch, but only if all of the recipients are Christian ... e. g., it would be wholly inappropriate for a public school class comprised of children of different faiths.) Posted to EAT-L Digest 13 Mar 97 by Teasel <teasel@JUNO.COM> on Mar 14, 1997