The perfect combination of rich chocolate, crunchy cereal and puffley cuteness, these yummy no-bake Easter treats are a great excuse to get creative in the kitchen with your little ones. If your kids are Club Penguin fans, they’ll probably want to make mini versions of the Puffles they’ve adopted in their virtual snowcapped world, so make sure you check the colours before you go out and buy coloured icing!
For the nests you’ll need:
- 300g cooking chocolate
- 120g cereal – rice pops, cornflakes or shredded wheat (approx. 5)
- Paper cases
For the Puffles you’ll need:
- 1 packet coloured ready to roll icing
- 50g white ready to roll icing
- Black icing pen
- Small paintbrush
Ready? Here we go…
Steps 1, 2 and 3: Prepare the chocolate
Place the paper cases into a muffin tray.
Break the chocolate into pieces and place in a large heatproof bowl.
Melt the chocolate in the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water or in the microwave in short 30 second bursts stirring frequently until melted
Please make sure an adult helps with this step.
Steps 4, 5 and 6: Combine the chocolate and cereal
Choose your cereal. If you are using shredded wheat crumble them first with your hands.
Add chocolate to the cereal and mix well until it is fully coated with chocolate.
Divide the mixture between the paper cases. Make a small hollow in the tops where the Puffles will nestle
If the mixture sets too quickly place the bowl back in the microwave for 30 seconds to reheat and melt the mixture or place it back over the pan of simmering water for a couple of minutes. Please make sure an adult helps with this step
Place the nests in the fridge to set.
Steps 7, 8 and 9: Make your Puffles
To make the Puffles you will need some coloured ready to roll icing. Working with one colour at a time, knead the icing briefly until it is soft and pliable.
Roll the icing into smooth balls between the palms of your hands. You can make Puffles any size you choose -one large Puffle to sit on top of each nest or two or three small Puffles to snuggle together.
With a small pair of scissors lightly snip the top of the Puffle’s head three or four times to create some spiky hair. Gently smooth the snipped spikes with your fingers to make them more defined.
Please make sure an adult helps with this step
Steps 10, 11 and 12: Make Puffle eyes and hair
Once you have spiked all the Puffle’s hair it’s time to make the eyes.
Take the white ready to roll icing and roll small balls in the palm of your hand using your fingertip. Roll enough balls for all the Puffle’s eyes.
Apply a tiny dab of water to the Puffle’s face in position for the eyes using a small paintbrush.
With the tip of your finger press one white eye down onto the worksurface to flatten it. It should stick to your finger. Now press into place on the Puffle’s face. Repeat for the second eye – overlapping it slightly with the first.
Steps 13, 14, 15 and 16: Make finishing touches and serve!
Once you have eyes on all the Puffles set them aside to dry out a little before finishing them off.
For the pupils of the eyes and the mouth – draw on with a black icing pen or use small dots and strips of black ready to roll icing, using a little water as glue.
Take the nests out of the fridge and add one or two Puffles to the hollows in the tops of each.
Now serve your Puffle-tastic chocolate nests!
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This recipe was created especially for Club Penguin by the incredibly talented Ruth Clemens, baker extraordinaire and finalist from the BBC2 Great British Bake-Off 2010. You can find more of her recipes on The Pink Whisk.
Please give it a go and tell us how you got on, and by all means share the recipe with your friends too! Feel free to share photos, videos and stories about your chocolatey Easter fun here (below!) or on our Facebook page. If you share something that really makes us smile, we’ll be sure to tell our friends at Club Penguin all about it!
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