They're sooo easy and fun to make too! Click 'read more' to see how I made them...
Once your balloons are coated, put them in the fridge to set and harder completely. I left mine in overnight to be sure. Once they're done, use a pin (be careful!) to gently pierce the balloons near the knot. This is so that they don't burst but, rather, deflate slowly leaving the chocolate intact. You might find that the deflated balloon wants to stick to the chocolate a bit but it should come away with some gentle easing.
If you want you can layer your nests to make sturdier, thicker bowls or serve them singularly. I chose to serve mine singularly as I like how delicate they look (plus it saved our waistlines a bit because it meant less chocolate per nest haha!).
Finally fill your nests with whichever goodies you desire! I decided to do a mix of Cadbury Mini Eggs - because how cool and adorable so they look inside these nests and raspberries because I love the mix of berries with dark chocolate and hey, I wanted to pretend I was being a bit healthy. These are actually substantially less calorific than shop bought eggs because they're smaller, thinner and, if you want, made from dark chocolate which is rich in healthy antioxidants dontcha know.
As I said I also made white chocolate ones - admittedly a little less healthy. I found that the chocolate for these went a lot, er, lumpier than the dark chocolate did so I didn't get those nice holes but the white ones still looked like nests because the bumpy edges look like piled up twigs. That's what I'm saying anyway.
If you still have oodles of chocolate hanging around after aster, or even if you don't, have a go making these! Playing with melted chocolate is always fun (I mean, you get to lick the spoon - hello?!) and these are a good way to ration your chocolate and make it last longer. It's a great group task for a girly night in with wine or a fun afternoon with the kids. If you try it, let me know how you get on in the comments below!
P.S. Today's #25daygiveaway prize was announced on my Instagram profile this morning - did you see it?! I got a little behind with prize announcements over the Easter weekend (sorry about that, I hadn't factored in that it would be totally inappropriate to blog during Easter dinner!) so, to catch up, I'm announcing THREE gifts on Instagram tomorrow morning - make sure you follow me!
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