Chocolate Rice Krispie Nests (with variations)
Chocolate Rice Krispie Nests are a classic Easter treat in the UK. Find out how you can make them below with lots of inspiration for adding your own twist.
Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats
Whether you call them Chocolate Easter Nests, Rice Krispie Treats or Chocolate Rice Krispie Cakes, these chocolate and cereal snacks must be one of the best ever marketing campaigns. Originally developed by a home economist hired by the Kellogs cereal company, they have been made in kitchens across the world ever since.
The recipe is simple. Melt chocolate, stir in rice krispies, spoon them into a cake case and top with mini eggs. They are so simple that even little hands can help make them. (Though the chocolate melting should be supervised).
I loved making them as a child and now I’m all grown up I love making them with my nephew too.
Change the chocolate
Although Chocolate Rice Krispie Nests are traditionally made with milk chocolate you can swap it out for white or dark chocolate.
If you wanted to make triple chocolate rice krispie cakes you could divide your rice krispies across three bowls and coat some in white chocoalte, some in milk chocolate and some in dark chocoalte. Then add the chocolate covered rice krispies to the cake case in layers!
To make these Chocolate Rice Krispie Nests vegan you can use dark chocolate or a dairy free milk chocolate, whichever you prefer. While we’re on the topic of vegan Easter treats, you might also like these vegan mini egg cookies or vegan carrot cake cookies! I’ve even got a vegan hot cross bun recipe…
Change the cereal
When I was always growing up I made these with rice krispies, but my husband prefers to make them shredded wheat. Because of the long thin strands, nests made with shredded wheat look much more realistic, but I do find they need a little more chocolate to help them stick together.
Why not experiment with different cereals next time you make them. Cornflakes work well too.
Change the shape
I love to make miniature Chocolate Rice Krispie Nests. I just swap the cake cases for petit four cases and add a single mini-egg. They are the perfect bite size snack.
Another fun twist is to spoon the chocolate covered rice krispies into silicone egg moulds. You can find the mould I use here.
Change the candy on top
If you’re making these dairy free then use Doisy & Dam’s dark chocolate mini eggs.
Jelly beans, mini marshmallows and smarties are also all good alternatives! Of course, you don’t need to add any candy on top but then they would be rather empty nests…
Chocolate Rice Krispie Nests
- 150 g milk chocolate
- 60 g rice krispies
- 36 mini eggs
- Break the chocolate into squares (or roughly chop) and place into a heat proof bowl.
- Melt the chocolate either by warming it in the microwave at 10 second intervals or by placing the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.
- Stir the chocolate regularly until the chocolate has just melted.
- Take the chocolate off of the heat and stir in the rice krispies until they are all coated.
- Before the chocolate has a chance to set, place 3 mini-eggs in the centre.
- Allow the chocolate to cool completely before eating.
More Easter treats
For many more Easter inspired recipes check out the Easter recipe archive.