When I was a little girl I remember eating these birds nests every year around this time. I am almost positive we made “butterscotch” nests or maybe they were a peanut butter/butterscotch combination. My grandmother used to make them with me and she is no longer available to ask so I had to rely on the internet to find a recipe that suited me! When I looked for the recipe I found all sorts of variations. Butterscotch, Peanut Butter, Chocolate and combinations of all three… Because my boys are really into “marshmallows” right now I made the standard “rice crispy treat” version… Here is the recipe I used:
3 c. mini marshmallows
3 TBSP unsalted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
4 c. dry chow mein noodles
small candies, jelly beans, m & m’s, etc.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
Over low heat, melt the marshmallows and butter in a large saucepan.
Once melted, stir in the vanilla, then the chow mein noodles.
Coat your hands liberally with shortening. Grab a clump of noodles smaller than a tennis ball and larger than a golf ball. Form into a ball while pressing your thumbs into the middle, forming a nest. Allow the nests to cool, then fill with with the candy of your choice….