Forget plastic green grass. Go au naturel with these delightful and easy-to-make Chocolate Easter Baskets. You will need exactly three ingredients: a bag of pretzel sticks, a bag of semi sweet chocolate chips (or your favorite chocolate), a bag of mini candy-shelled Cadbury Eggs.
If you have any little people in your life, Chocolate Easter Baskets are a fun holiday project to do together.
The baskets will make adorable place settings for an Easter table or a fun candy appetizer for adults while kids are on the rampage for hidden eggs.
Speaking of Easter egg hunts, my sister-in-law Leslie and my nephew Sawyer have been invited to this year’s Easter Egg Roll at the White House! It will be a mosh pit of 35,000 egg hunters, but still an honor to be included. I hope Sawyer gets to pat Bo, the First Dog.
Chocolate Easter Baskets
Makes about 5 nests
2-1/2 cups mini pretzel sticks, broken in half
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup (or so) mini Cadbury Eggs
Pour the pretzels into a bowl and break apart, this will make for easier nest-shaping.
Using a double boiler, melt the the chocolate. Then remove from heat and let cool about 15 minutes or so. While you are waiting for the chocolate to cool, line ramekins with squares of wax paper.
Pour the still-melted chocolate over the pretzel sticks and gently stir, coating the pretzels with the chocolate as best you can.
With a spoon, scoop the chocolate covered pretzels into a wax-lined ramekin and gently press against the bottom and sides of the ramekin to form your “nest.” (If you don’t have ramekins, you could use a large muffin baking tin.)
Repeat until all ramekins are full.
Set the nests into the ‘fridge (or freezer, if you are short on time) and leave several hours or overnight until the chocolate has set.
Gently lift the baskets from the ramekins and peel off wax paper. Settle however many mini eggs you can into each nest.
Thank you to The Pastry Chef’s Baking for the idea!
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