Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Caramel Pretzel Cadbury Egg Nests

This morning, I woke up in good spirits, like I do every April 1st, ready to start a normal day where nobody attempts to annoy, scare, kill, or otherwise rob me of my sanity with a ridiculous number of outrageous pranks. I will never learn.

My little six-year-old sister began the day by scattering my brother's boxers on everyone's beds before they woke up and taping pieces of toilet paper to my back. After I trudged downstairs through the obstacles of tape on every door, I was pleasantly surprised to see a box of Captain Crunch on the kitchen table for my consolation and immediately shoved my hand into the box. I saved myself just in the nick of time from putting a fist full of cat food in my mouth. Well, if the only cereal we had was a box of cat food in disguise, I would just have to settle for a cup coffee. I poured myself a steaming cup and took a sip. I don't think I ever consumed such a huge amount of salt in one moment.

Oh, and did I mention the pieces of brownies on the toilet seat?

Well, you can trust me on these nests. They're no prank. I mean, I guess you could try to prank somebody that you were eating a real bird's nest, but mostly they're just a really quick and easy way to make a cute little treat for Easter.

    • Caramel Pretzel Cadbury Egg Nests 

    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
    • 4 tablespoons butter
    • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
    • 2 1/2 cups pretzel sticks (I used these gluten free pretzels)
    • About 2 dozen Mini Cadbury Eggs

    • Lightly grease a piece of parchment paper and set aside. 
    • Combine the sugar and corn syrup in a small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until it becomes caramel colored. Add the butter and cream (be careful, it might splatter a little). Stir until smooth, returning to heat for a minute if necessary. Add the salt and vanilla. 
    • Roughly break up the pretzel sticks a little pour the caramel over the pretzels and stir to coat. 
    • Place spoonfuls of the mixture on the parchment paper and top each one with an egg. Let harden on the counter about 10 minutes before serving. 

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