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Jelly Bean Nests Recipe
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Jelly Bean Nests
Amazing little “nests” made with chow mein noodles and melted marshmallows. See more
  • READY IN 30 mins

Jelly Bean Nests

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"Crunchy Chinese noodles and melted marshmallows make the cutest little nests for your jelly beans. Great as place markers at Easter dinner."

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Original recipe makes 12 nests Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    30 mins


  1. Butter a 12 cup muffin tin.
  2. Combine marshmallows and butter over medium heat in a saucepan; stir until the butter and marshmallows have melted. Stir in the chow mein noodles, coat well. Butter fingers and press the mixture into the bottom and sides of the prepared muffin tin. Refrigerate until firm.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 06, 2007

just darling and very good flavor. I made 2 batches; first batch as written in the muffin tins, and found that the nests are quite thick and big. Made the second batch with the suggestion of Breeze and added a few tbsp of peanut butter. With the second batch, I just free-formed them onto parchment paper. No sticking at all, and with the fingertips wet, they were easy to mold into little nests making them a little smaller and got more out of the batch. Used 'peeps' rabbits in some, marshmallow chicks in others, and cadbury pastel chocolate eggs. I like the chocolate flavor with the nest. Love the versatility of this recipe. Could also add some butterscotch morsels to the marshmallow/butter mixture, or chocolate chips. So cute and easy! Nice presentation on the Easter goodie trays. thanks for the recipe.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 06, 2010

Super cute! Easy to make - perfect for little kitchen helpers. I thought the butter/marshmellow ratio was off. It was too greasy. I'd use half the amount of butter. One suggestion is to spray your hands with cooking oil before forming the nests. The oil will keep everything from sticking to your fingers.


82 Ratings

Sep 25, 2005

What a fun recipe. I have made these for years but have always added a little peanut butter to the mixture. This has always been a big hit :-)

Apr 07, 2006

This was a hit at my daughter's preschool Easter party. I put the jelly beans in while the noodles/marshmallow were still warm and they stayed put very well.

Mar 25, 2006

My family loves these. The only thing that I do different is use the pastel (Easter) peanut M&M's in place of the jelly beans.

Apr 15, 2012

Pretty table deco! Used Rice Noodles instead of chow mein.. they are smaller. also added cocoa powder and peanut butter to the mix for some flavor, altho I thought the crispy nests a little too crispy after setting up. Hubby has been taking care of leftover nests this week.

Apr 14, 2009

This is such a cute Spring recipe. My daughter & I made these for Easter, and used Runts freckled eggs instead of jelly beans. Because some complained about the lack of taste, I added some cinnamon to the marshmallow mixture before tossing in the noodles and that added a nice flavor. These are great, and not too sweet when all the other Easter candy is available!

Sep 10, 2010

Adding peanut butter makes this recipe great!! My girls love it!! They even tried eating the mix right out of the bowl while I was trying to make the nests!! Using a cup cake pan was the easiest way I've found to get them to set up correctly.


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  • Calories
  • 143 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 15.5 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 8.4 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.3 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 104 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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