I vividly remember making these two-ingredient chocolate haystacks as a child. This is such a simple recipe, perfect for getting kids involved. These are so quick and easy to make! Don't they look delicious?
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I remember making these chocolate two-ingredient treats when I was in 4th grade! That's a long time ago!
These are a two-ingredient no-bake chocolate treat that are quick and easy to make. I seem to enjoy no-bake chocolate treats! These scotcheroos are also no-bake!
During Easter, these get decorated as bird nests!
Chow Mien and chocolate Easter bird nests
These can be made without any candy in the middle. However, during Easter we use chocolate eggs, candy eggs, or even jelly beans to resemble eggs making this the perfect Easter treat (called Easter Bird's Nests in the spring)!
This is a simple no-bake recipe. And if you are looking for another fun Easter treat, take a look at these cereal treat Easter eggs.
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 - 5 oz can of chow mein (see picture above)
candy eggs, or chocolate eggs or Cadbury mini eggs (optional - for Easter!)
Milk chocolate chips work well if you don't have semi-sweet chocolate chips. I have tried these when made with 1 cup chocolate chips and 1 cup butterscotch chips and that is delicious too. Or you can even use white chocolate chips.
As for the candy treat, use what you like if you would like. You can make these reflective of different holidays. Red treats for Valentine's Day, Green for St. Patrick's Day etc.
Make sure to have either a piece of parchment or waxed paper ready to create your birds nest cookies on. The prep time goes quickly and it helps to have this ready.
Pour chocolate chips into a large microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave for 60 seconds then for 30-second increments until melted.
If you aren't used to melting chocolate, make sure to try to stir between microwave heating increments. The chips keep their form and you need to stir them to make them smooth.
Pour the 5-ounce can of chow mein noodles into the bowl with melted chocolate and using a rubber spoon or spatula, gently stir into the melted chocolate.
Once the noodles are well covered in chocolate, take a large spoonful and place on parchment.
If making a "nest" Use the spoon and/or your fingers to create a dip to help make it nest-shaped.
Aim to make a dozen nests. It's ok to break some of the noodles when doing this!
Place chocolate in a double boiler with simmering water to melt the chocolate. If you don't have a double boiler, place a small pot or metal bowl into a larger pot. The smaller pot/bowl should be in the water, not touching the bottom of the larger pot.
Sure! Just add them with the chow mein noodles and cover with chocolate.
These can be stored in a container at room temperature for three days. They will keep for a couple of weeks in the fridge. If freezing, use parchment paper between layers. They should keep 3 months in the freezer.
Other No-Bake Desserts
Chocolate Haystacks – two ingredients!
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips usually the small bag
- 1 can chow mein noodles large can containing 5 oz.
- Optional garnishes for your bird's nests (Optional) jelly beans, marshmallows, chocolate eggs etc.
- Pour chocolate chips into a microwave safe large bowl.
- Melt at 50% power for 60 second then at 30 second increments until melted and smooth.
- Add chow mein noodles. All of them! Stir gently.
- Scoop about a tablespoon of the chocolate chow mien mixture onto parchment on a baking sheet.
- Put a little dent in the top if using candy garnishes for bird nests.
- Put them in the fridge so the chocolate hardens. That's it. You are done!
Nutrition information is an estimate only provided as a courtesy using an ingredient database. Garnish and optional ingredients are not included in the calculations.
These are fun for the kids to help with. They will get a little covered in chocolate.
Originally published Feb. 13, 2014.