Easter Marshmallow Nests
Marshmallow Easter Nests are a fun alternative to the traditional chocolate rice krispie nests. Scroll down for my simple recipe.
It’s that time of year where we all get silly over fluffy chicks, little eggs, and food blogs are filled with experimental hot cross bun flavours. In the UK, children are given two weeks holiday over the Easter period and its tradition in houses up and down the country for the kids to make a batch or two of chocolate rice krispie nests during the Easter holidays. I may be childless but I’m not afraid to admit that it’s still a tradition to make rice krispie nests in our house too!
Chocolate vs marshmallow
Now don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate, but there’s plenty of that around at Easter so over the last couple of years I’ve lent towards making mine with marshmallows rather than chocolate. These straw coloured nests are sticky, sweet and only require 4 ingredients, plus the mini eggs you use to top them!
Marshmallow Rice Krispie Nests are fun to make whether you’re 5 or 50 and they are super quick to make so there’s no excuse not to have a batch ready for Easter Sunday. All you need to do is melt butter, marshmallows and golden syrup in a pan until you have a silky smooth, thick and sticky liquid. This is what’s going to bind the nests together.
As the nests cool the mix goes from being liquid and stretchy to set and chewy. They aren’t so hard that they will break your teeth but they aren’t so soft that they fall apart either.
Make it vegan
These Easter marshmallow nests can be a great alternative to the chocolate version for anyone who is lactose intolerant or who follows a plant based diet.
The butter can be swapped out for a non-dairy version (though make sure you still use a block rather than the spreadable kind). My favourite vegan marshmallows (which also melt really well) are Dandies. You can buy them in online vegan supermarkets, Amazon, and Holland & Barrett. For the mini-eggs I use the dark chocolate mini-eggs from Doisy & Dam. I used the vegan mini eggs in my Vegan Mini Egg Cookies! The rice krispies and golden syrup are vegan so no further substitutes required!
For more information about vegan baking check out my guide here.
Easter Marshmallow Nests
- 100 grams rice krispie cereals
- 100 grams marshmallows
- 50 grams butter
- 1 tbsp golden syrup
- 60 mini eggs
- Melt the butter a pan with the marshmallows and stir.
- Keep the heat low and add the golden syrup when the marshmallows begin to lose their shape.
- Gently stir the mix until a thick sticky liquid has formed. Immediately pour this over the rice krispies and stir.
- Working quickly so that the mix doesn’t set, spoon the mixture into paper cases topping with chocolate mini eggs or marshmallows.
- Allow to cool before eating.