I’m actually a little surprised it took me this long to look it up. Here I am 36 years old and I’m just now learning why we tell our children that a big bunny brings eggs on Easter.
This is the explanation on History.com:
According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread across the U.S. and the fabled rabbit’s Easter morning deliveries expanded to include chocolate and other types of candy and gifts, while decorated baskets replaced nests.
In accordance with this old tradition, we made these little Easter nests yesterday with our neighbors. It’s a super simple project and great for kids. Hope you give ‘em a try!
Rice Krispie Treat Easter Nests with Candy Eggs
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 cups mini marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies
Butter or baking spray, to grease the pan and your fingers
Mini Cadbury Candy Eggs
Make Rice Krispie treats as you usually would. First, melt the butter.
Then add the marshmallows.
Melt the marshmallows.
Add the Rice Krispies.
Stir everything together.
Grease a muffin tin with butter or baking spray. Fill the muffin cups with the rice-krispie mixture.
Using your hands, mold the rice-krispie portions into little nests, pressing down in the center to create a bowl shape. Grease your hands with butter, as needed, to keep your fingers from sticking.
Let the nests cool.
Transfer nests to a foil- or parchment-lined baking sheet. Fill each nest with a few candy eggs.
Place the finished nests on a platter and serve. These would be perfect for an Easter party or brunch.
Or, if you want to give them as gifts, you can wrap them up in plastic wrap and hand ‘em out like that. Either way, hope you enjoy!