Delicious and Creative Easter Foods & Beverages

The holidays seem to go hand in hand with delicious foods and yummy beverages, so here are some delectable ideas for this Easter for you and your loved ones to eat:

1. For those who are up for some baking, these coconut cookie nests are so cute and a surefire hit if you don’t want to risk having/bringing the same dessert as someone else. They resemble little birds nests with an egg in them! Coconut Cookie Nests âÂ?¢ 2 large egg whites âÂ?¢ 2 cups shredded sweetened coconut âÂ?¢ 1/3 cup granulated sugar âÂ?¢ 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour âÂ?¢ 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract âÂ?¢ 1/8 teaspoon salt âÂ?¢ 4 colors of food coloring (optional) âÂ?¢ 12 chocolate eggs, with filling of your choosing Preheat oven to 325Ã?° F. Lightly grease and flour baking sheet. Mix egg whites until frothy in medium bowl. Stir in coconut, sugar, flour, vanilla extract and salt until well blended. Divide coconut mixture into 4 bowls. Add 1 to 2 drops different color food coloring to each bowl; mix until colors are dispersed evenly. Drop by tablespoonfuls into 12 mounds 1 1/2 inches apart. Press centers in slightly to form nests. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until set and lightly golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes; transfer nests to wire rack to cool completely. Place 1 chocolate egg in each nest before serving.

2. And to wash down those yummy treats, you need a beverage equally satisfying! Here is a refreshing beverage perfect throughout the day, especially for Easter brunch (and refueling in between egg hunts): Lemon Refreshers â�¢ 1 �½ cups granulated sugar â�¢ 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice â�¢ 2 cups milk (grade optional) â�¢ 1 tablespoon lemon extract â�¢ �½ teaspoon grated lemon rinds â�¢ 2 liters lemon-lime carbonated beverage (7UP or Sprite works well)

3. Or, for a super-simple drink without sacrificing its savories, whip up some hot chocolate and garnish with marshmallow Peeps (available at any grocery store) for a festive flair.

4. Still want to make handmade treats but not deal with any messy ingredients? This easy, no-cooking-required idea is yummy for the tummy and is sure to draw a smile even before its consumption. Jellybean Carrots Simply fill disposable clear plastic icing bags with orange jellybeans (see www.jellybelly.com for fun flavors such as tangerine or cantaloupe) and use twist-ties to secure while sticking in some green tissue flavor to stick out the end. And voila, a candy carrot!

5. If time (or lack of culinary expertise) is an issue, you may want to opt for pre-made baskets, which are great for gift-giving or display. With so many to choose from, www.thepopcornfactory.com offers personalized treats and goodies which always make a recipient feel special, amongst an array of baskets suitable for all price ranges.

Regardless of your holiday budget in terms of time, effort, and money, there’s a unique and creative way to add your two cents to this Easter’s celebration, whether you’re a host, guest, or just want to pass out some goodies to friends, classmates, co-workers (many of which are great to send via postal mail).

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