Easy Chocolate Easter Nests

These chocolate Easter nests are so easy and fun to make! It’s a great no-bake Easter recipe that needs only four ingredients and is so simple that the kids will love to get involved.

Chocolate nests are an old classic for a good reason! They’re sweet and crunchy, and kids love to get messy in the kitchen helping to make and decorate them.

close up of chocolate and cornflake Easter nest cookies on a wood board

I love these little no-bake Easter nests, but I might be a bit biased because cornflake cakes like these are one of the first recipes that I can remember making when I was small! They’re definitely a big nostalgia trip for me!

But honestly, what’s not to love! They’re so quick and easy to put together, they make a wonderful no-bake treat that comes together super fast.

How to make chocolate Easter nests

These Easter nests are so crazy simple to make! Here’s the breakdown.

Prep your cornflakes

You start by measuring out your cornflakes into a big bowl. It needs to be big enough so you can stir everything together comfortably, otherwise you might end up with a huge mess all over your kitchen counter!

Melt the chocolate, syrup and butter

Then all you need to do is melt down the chocolate with the butter and golden syrup. Don’t worry if you can’t track down the syrup, honey is a great substitute. Stir the mixture until everything is melted together and glossy – it smells amazing at this stage!

I do this over in a heatproof bowl which is set over a pan of simmering water (a bain marie), but you could use a microwave if you wanted to. Just use little short bursts to make sure you don’t scorch the chocolate, and stir well in between each one. I would stay away from heating everything up directly in the pan though because this can make your chocolate seize and go grainy. And grainy Easter nests are never good!

Mix chocolate and cornflakes together

The next step is to pour the chocolatey mixture all over the cornflakes and stir everything together to combine. You want to make sure everything is well mixed so you aren’t left with sad dry cornflakes at the bottom on the bowl. A good tip to help with this is to stir in just about a third to half of the chocolate mix into the cornflakes first, and stir that in well before adding the rest of the chocolate.

Shape and decorate your Easter nests

All that’s left is to spoon them out onto your baking parchment and shape them into little Easter nests. Use the back of the spoon to make little dents in the middle, but be careful not to make a hole right to bottom of the paper. Before the mixture sets add mini eggs to the dents. I like the look of 3 mini eggs in each nest, but you can add as many or as few as you like!

Leave them to set up in the fridge for an hour or so, and your chocolate Easter nests are done!

You can also make your Easter nests in cupcake cases instead of spooning them freeform. This is a great way to make smaller portions for little tummies! It can also make it easier for kids to get involved with, as they can usually fill the cupcake cases easier than trying to shape freeform.

There are so many things for the kids to get involved in with this recipe, from breaking up the chocolate to decorating the nests with little candy eggs. Older kids might even want to help with melting down the chocolate mixture, but be careful with the bain marie. A little bit of steam can sometimes escape from the sides, and the bowl will get quite hot so taking it off the pan is definitely an adult job!

I used cornflakes to make this batch of Easter nests because we had a box in the cupboard, but feel free to experiment with other cereal if you like. Rice Krispies are a traditional alternative, but crushed up shredded wheat biscuits also work well and make amazingly realistic nests!

flat lay of chocolate Easter cornflake nests on a white table surrounded by scattered chocolate mini eggs and carrot decorations

Chocolate Easter Nests

A simple and fun no-bake recipe for Easter nests filled with mini candy eggs
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, British
Keyword Chocolate, Easter, No bake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Servings 12 large nests

Equipment

  • Silicone mats or non stick baking parchment
  • Large bowl
  • Heatproof bowl
  • Baking trays

Ingredients

  • 150 g / 5.5 oz / 1 cup milk chocolate
  • 150 g / 5.5 oz / 1 cup dark chocolate
  • 75 g / 2.75 oz / ⅓ cup butter
  • 75 g / 2.75 oz / ⅓ cup golden syrup or honey
  • 150 g / 5.5 oz / 6 cups cornflakes
  • 36 mini chocolate eggs to decorate

Instructions

  • Measure out the cornflakes into a large bowl and set aside.
  • Line your baking tray with silicone mats or non stick parchment paper.
  • Break the chocolate into small pieces.
  • Set a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (a bain marie).
    Add the chocolate, butter, and syrup or honey to the heatproof bowl. Stir until the chocolate has melted and is thoroughly combined with the syrup and butter.
  • Remove the chocolate mixture from the heat and pour over the cornflakes. Mix well until combined and the cornflakes are all coated in the chocolate.
  • Scoop spoonfuls of the mixture onto the lined tray.
    Using the back of a spoon, make little dents in the top of each mound to create a small hollow for the inside of the nest. While the mixture is still wet, top each nest with 3 mini chocolate eggs.
  • Chill in the fridge until set.

Notes

This recipe makes 12 large nests, but you can make smaller ones if you prefer!
You can also use cupcake cases for your nests instead of making freeform nests.
I like the mix of dark and milk chocolate for this recipe, but feel free to use all milk or dark if you prefer.

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