Simple Spring Baskets
15 min
02 hrs 15 min



2 cups miniature marshmallows

1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter

1 (6-ounce) package (4 cups) chow mein noodles


Colored licorice, cut into 5-inch lengths, if desired

Vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark), melted, if desired

Decorator sugars, if desired

Coconut, tinted, if desired

Pastel-colored chocolate candies or jelly beans

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Butter 12 muffin pan cups; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine marshmallows and butter in 3-quart saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, 6-8 minutes or until mixture is melted. Stir in noodles until very well coated.

  3. STEP 3

    Press mixture evenly onto bottom and up sides of prepared muffin pan cups with buttered fingers. Immediately press licorice ends into each basket to form handle, if desired. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until firm.

  4. STEP 4

    Remove baskets from muffin pan cups. Decorate baskets with melted candy coating, decorator sugars and/or coconut as desired; fill with candy. Store in container with tight-fitting lid for up to 2 days.


8Fat (mg)
10Cholesterol (mg)
105Sodium (mg)
14Carbohydrates (g)
<1Dietary Fiber
1Protein (g)


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  March 31, 2012

I've made this recipe and have found that using "Rice Chow Mein Noodles" crushed up are so much easier to work with. They are like the chow mein noodle but much thinner and easier to press into the muffin tins

— says Carol
  April 23, 2011

We didn't use the marshmallow or butter at all and used more of the almond bark. It worked well. Also, we used Fiber One cereal which already looks kind of "twiggy" and a nice way to sneak some fiber in!

— says Tracy
  April 22, 2011

LOVE THESE! Made them with my four-year old daughter to take to her daycare for Easter/Earth Day. We skipped the handle and made the birds nests. Sooo cute! The mixture is a little messy to work with, but that's part of the fun, right? I've made something similar in past with rice crisped cereal, but the noodles really make these look like rustic woven baskets or birds nests, so we're sticking with this recipe next year (pardon the pun)!

— says Bridget
  April 13, 2011

This is the best invention EVER!!! I started making them about 4 yrs ago for a few people now I have requests as many as 50!!! They are just so cute and the whole thing can be eaten! I just make the ones with the coconut grass and put in pastel m&m's or jelly beans then each in their own individual bags. BIG HIT!!!!

— says katie
  August 13, 2009

Found these very easy to make with just decorating the rim with white chocolate and then sprinkles. I do think adding handles would be more difficult and not sure if they would stay.

— says Barbara
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