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Very Best Fudge
Egg-Ceptional Easter Nests

(Family Features) - I love making Easter baskets really special. It's a fun tradition to put some nontraditional treats and surprises into each basket. I like to look for little gifts that say a lot about the person getting them. Sports stickers for the little athlete, movie tickets for the film buff...what kinds of egg-stras do you like to give?

For younger kids, try sidewalk chalk, bubbles and bubble wands, and coloring books of their favorite characters.

Older kids might enjoy a new journal, cd or gift card.

Who says grown-ups can't join in the Easter fun? Give your special someone a favorite DVD or a certificate for a fun night out together.

As always, I'll be including some homemade goodies in all the baskets. These darling Easter Nests are a cinch to make - and taste great, too. And the Very Best Fudge is a delicious addition to any Easter basket! I'm glad it makes a lot, so there's plenty to go around.

For more delicious Easter basket treat recipes, hop on over to VeryBestBaking.com

Jenny Harper is Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manager for the Nestlé Test Kitchens and VeryBestBaking.com.

Very Best Fudge

Ingredients
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 4 cups (24 ounces) or 2 packages (12 ounces each) Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preparation
    1. LINE 13 x 9-inch or two 8-inch-square baking pan(s) with foil.
    2. COMBINE sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt in 4- to 5-quart, heavy-duty saucepan. Bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
    3. STIR in marshmallows, morsels, nuts and vanilla extract. Stir vigorously for 1 minute or until marshmallows are melted. Pour into prepared baking pan(s). Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Lift from pan; remove foil. Cut into pieces. Store tightly covered in refrigerator.

Calories: 170g     Total Fat: 7g
Cholesterol: 5mg     Protein: 2g
Carbohydrates: 29g     Sodium: 40mg

Serves
Makes about 4 pounds

Egg-Ceptional Easter Nests

Ingredients
  • Wax paper
  • 1 2/3 to 2cups(11- to 12-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Butterscotch or Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cans (5 ounces each) chow mein noodles
  • 30 to 60 foil-covered chocolate eggs, any flavor

Preparation
    1. LINE trays with wax paper.
    2. MICROWAVE morsels in large, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 1 minute; STIR. The morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted. Stir in peanut butter until well blended.
    3. ADD chow mein noodles to morsel mixture; toss until coated. Using ice cream scoop that measures about 2 rounded tablespoons, scoop and drop onto prepared trays then immediately shape into nests. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Before serving, place one or two foil-chocolate eggs in each nest. Store prepared nests in covered container for up to 1 day.

Calories: 170g     Total Fat: 9g
Cholesterol: 0mg     Protein: 24g
Carbohydrates: 19g     Sodium: 75mg

Serves
Makes 30 nests

SOURCE: Nestlé



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