Every spring, American Robins are the first birds to build their nests in my garden’s climbing roses that grow all over the fence that surrounds it. This is a perfect spot for them because it’s secure from predators, near ample food thanks to a well-tended garden, and close to water. They seem to tolerate me peeking in between the thorny tangle to see the progress. I have to admit, though, it’s quite distracting. When I should be tending to weeds or other chores in the garden, I find myself observing the nest building process as they weave and sculpt a perfect home. There are so many lessons to be learned here — cooperation, teamwork, precision.
While it takes an ordinary bird more than 30 hours to build a nest in the spring, you can make these cute little White Chocolate-Pretzel Easter Egg Nests in just a few minutes!
Here’s what you need:
Melt the white chocolate chips and shortening in microwave oven, pour over pretzels, and mix to coat.
Shape mixture into 10 “nests” and place on parchment-lined baking sheet to set up.
Top with candy-coated milk chocolate mini eggs or speckled jelly beans. Enjoy!
- 1 cup (6-ounces) white chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening, plain or butter-flavor
- 2 cups (about 5-ounces) pretzel sticks, broken into bite-size pieces
- 30 candy-coated milk chocolate mini eggs or speckled jelly beans
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
- Place the white chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave oven on 50% power until melted, about 1 - 1½ minutes. Pour the melted chocolate over the pretzels and mix to combine.
- Form mixture into 10 "nests" and place on prepared baking sheet. Place in refrigerator 10 minutes to set up.
- Top each nest with 3 mini chocolate eggs and enjoy!
Here’s a little tip to help out our feathered friends who build those real nests!