I know poeple everywhere have been making these haystack things with their children for ages. Truth is, I've never has one - nope, my mom was not whipping up cute little hay thingies when I was little. Not that I think I've been deprived or anything, but the fact that my four year old had something before I even knew about it says something don't you think? So I searched around google and found...oh about a bazillion recipes for these sweet little concoctions but most of them used butterscotch chips - something I don't have lying around.
Combine these kooky little Chow Mein noodles (is it odd that I happen to have these lying around in the pantry but not butterscotch chips?) with a chocolatey peanut buttery mixture and you actually get something that's quite tasty, very sweet and sooo super simple. I used a tablespoon to make these, which turned out about 30 birds' nests.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bird Nests
2 C chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate because that's what I like, you can use any variety you'd like)
1/3 C creamy peanut butter
2 C chow mein noodles
30-60 egg shaped candies (I used almond M&Ms)
Line a large baking sheet with wax paper; set aside.
In a medium bowl combine the chocolate chips and the peanut butter. Microwave on 50% power for 1 minute, stir and repeat as necessary until everything is melted.
Stire the chow mein noodles into the melted chocolate mixture to evenly coat. Using a tablespoon, scoop clusters of the noodle mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Top each nest with 1 or 2 egg candies.
Place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator to allow the nests to harden. (I thought I could just let them sit on the counter but they never hardened, I say just stick it in the fridge ok).
Enjoy, they're actually quite tasty.