A few days ago, outside my living room window, I noticed a bird tucking in and out of the crevice between the misaligned wooden fence panels surrounding our house. The bird seemed busy at work–occupied. Amidst its constant activity, it managed to shoot me an occasional glare, so as to say back off lady, or you’ll regret it! It wasn’t until I saw the same bird again two days later that I realized what it was up to. Just in time to mark the beginning of spring, my feathery friend was building a nest.
I get it, birdie. There’s a lot of work that goes into nest-making. As I learned a few days ago making these Bird’s Nest Tea Bombs, making a sturdy nest is a labor of love…an art form, really. My tea nests are made from maple syrup marshmallows covered in tea leaves. Although they look like you’ve just spotted them in a thick woodland forest, they serve an entirely different purpose. They’re designed to be an all-in-one tea brew, sweetener, and treat.
This project for Bird’s Nest Tea Bombs was inspired by 2 things: my sister and some very beautiful tea. On last week’s Tea of the Week post, I featured Bellocq Tea Atelier’s No. 22 National Parks Dept. This nature-inspired blend of Darjeeling and Assam has bright green cedar tips and twiggy kukicha (twig tea) thrown in. It’s so perfectly organic and rustic that I still can’t get over how delicious it is.
As an Easter gift (and because she’s a cool gal with great taste), my sister Melissa sent me some dark chocolate blue robin candy eggs from a fantastically elegant candy shop in Beverly Hills called Sugarfina. These delightful candies and a tin of gorgeous tea married to make this whimsical confectionary DIY. Here, a small blob of marshmallow holds about 2 teaspoons of loose tea together, just the right amount for small teapot brew. Although you can use any marshmallow recipe to make these, I like to use a maple syrup base because it enhances the natural, mild sweetness of my steep. You can even make the marshmallows separately to snack on.
More than anything, these tea marshmallows are ornamental, so don’t expect a lot of sweetness when they dissolve in your brew. Use any twig or flower based tea to make these Bird’s Nest Tea Bombs–a mix with colorful visual interest is ideal. Above all, just remember to enjoy the candy eggs before dropping the nests into the hot water. Happy springtime brewing my friends!Bird’s Nest Tea Bombs
Makes 12 small tea nests. Each nest makes 2 cups of tea.
2 tsp gelatin
2 Tbsp water
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
12 small egg candies
1/2 cup twiggy loose leaf tea (I used Bellocq’s National Parks Dept.)
large mixing bowl
hand-held mixer with whisk attachment
lightly oiled rubber spatula
large piping bag with 1/2″ round piping tip (or just cut tip)
mini muffin tin
1.) In a large heat proof mixing bowl, bloom the gelatin in the water. Set aside.
2.) Place the maple syrup and cream of tartar in a medium pot, mix with the wooden spoon, then place on low-medium heat until the mixture hits 250 degrees F. Use the candy thermometer and be careful to watch the mixture so that the syrup doesn’t boil over.
3.) Meanwhile, place 1 rounded tsp of loose leaf tea in each of 12 mini muffin pan cavities.
4.) When the maple syrup comes up to temperature, take it off the heat then gradually pour it into the bloomed gelatin. Use a hand-held mixer to whip the mixture until you get stiff peaks. Use an oiled spatula to transfer the marshmallow fluff to a large piping bag with a 1/2″ open tip for piping.
5.) Pipe small dollops of marshmallow fluff into each tea-filled mini muffin pan cavity. Attach a candy egg in the middle of each dollop, then top the marshmallows with extra loose leaf tea to create finished nests. Each nest is enough to brew 1 small teapot of tea (2 cup capacity). Simply eat the egg candy, then throw the nest into hot water to brew.
And there you go- I’m the first one here today! These little nests look awesome Bonnie, and you did a fabulous job 😀 I’m always so amazed by your creativity. Never stop! Happy Easter Bonnie xx
Hey Marta!! I love when you comment here, so happy you were the first one for this one. 😉 Happy Belated Easter! Are you done with your travels!? 🙂
So smart to use maple syrup! The nests looks like the real thing!
Right, who would want to add corn syrup to their best tea, right? The maple syrup worked great here, I’m glad I could find a natural sweetener that worked well here. 🙂
You are truly a genius at this – never fail to amaze 🙂
Thank you so much sweet Lynnelle!! Hope you are having the best (and most bountiful) spring ever. 😉
These nests are super cute! What a clever idea.
Thank you so much for the lovely comment Rosanna. I hope you can try them sometime! 😉
Wow, these are very, very cool! How delicious and creative! Two thumbs up, Bonnie! 😀
Thank you so much Chef!! You are too kind! 😉
These are GORGEOUS!! What an amazing idea. I must attempt a vegan version in the future. Seems challenging but I’m up for it! Thanks for the beautiful inspiration. 🙂
Thanks so much! A vegan version would be fantastic…you would use agar? I’m curious now. 🙂 You have a beautiful site, looking forward to your upcoming posts. 🙂
I think agar is what I’m going to go with! And thank you! Once I get a chance to experiment, I will definitely link back to your post as the inspiration! 🙂
Aw, that’s really sweet of you. Can’t wait to see what you come up with! 🙂
This has to be one of the most creative and cute spring diy I have seen. I love it Bonnie 🙂
Thank you B!! I’m so happy spring is finally here! 😉
Lucky us 🙂 a friend of mine in Norway posted a pic some days ago and there was still snow!
Wow, snow in April! Must be pretty to watch it melt. 🙂
How creative can one person be!!! Stunning, adorable, etc. etc. etc.!!! Happy Easter 😀
Thank you sweet Naina!! Hope spring in Denmark is just as beautiful as it looks in your photos! 😉
It definitely is this year 🙂
So many things I love about this post! First of all, that Tiffany blue color of the eggs. Second of all, this adorable idea! And sugarfina! I keep seeing it on Instagram and it looks like the best place ever! This post is so great. Hope you enjoyed your weekend!
I love Tiffany blue too Chaya! Did you have time to check out Sugarfina yet? The eggs are long gone now…I’m lucky there is portion control in the form of high prices. 😉
I love how you laid everything out!
Thank you so much! I was hoping the lay out would help with the marshmallow-tea concept. Hope you are having the most awesome spring! 🙂
What a beautiful presentation!
Thank you so much Dr.! Hope you are enjoying a beautiful spring! 🙂
Oh Bonnie! You are just too much, girl!! You need to work for Martha Stewart asap! Heck, maybe you should replace her! You’re the most creative person I know! 🙂
I ❤ Martha!! You're so sweet Angie, thanks so much. *blushing* 🙂
Hi Bonnie! First time I ever heard of ornamental tea marshmallows! Such beautiful pictures and seems like such a lovely afternoon tea.
Thank you so much Sofia! Yes, more than anything these are a whimsical little treat. You have a really awesome site, love the layout. Another follower…check! 😉
perfection!! love your blog 🙂
kisses from dubai ♥
Thank you so much! Hope you are having a lovely spring in Dubai!! 😉
Awww I just love this. I have to consider doing this next year. I just love how they came out Bonnie.
Kay of Pure & Complex
You make the most beautiful things!
Oh, that is so nice of you…thank you so much! Some projects turn out better than others. 🙂
these nests look too cute. I called my daughter to show them these, and she was totally bowled! She asked me if I could replicate these nests… and I – of course backed out of the challenge :))
Hahah, if I could I would send her some Namrata! Thanks for the very sweet comment, hope you and your daughter are enjoying a beautiful springtime! 🙂
These are just lovely. I think I would be tempted to put one out for each person before Easter dinner and come around the table with hot water after!
That would be such a cool idea! I also think these would be great put in a little clear box as favors. Tea and light treats are always great after a lovely meal. 🙂
Little party favors at a amall sophisticated shower? !
Looks so inviting
Thank you so much!! Hope you can try sometime! 🙂
Bonnie, these look divine. I wish I had seen these sooner for easter gifts 🙂 But alas, there is always next year, and for now, I can head over to Sugarfina for those amazing looking chocolate eggs since they’re probably on sale. My husband would go crazy for those…I’ve never been to your site before, but I’m certain I will be back to see what you’re cooking! Thanks for the gorgeous tea!
Hey Michaell! Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you do get to try these next year! They are really festive and not too hard to put together. And I’m sure you are going to love Sugarfina…these eggs actually had a bit of marshmallow at the center, so they were soft and chewy…so good! Thanks again for the lovely comment. Heading over to visit your site now. 😉
Oh my goodness, this is SO CUTE! I’ll need to try it out at home. :3 Can’t wait to see the rest of your blog! 😀
Thank you so much Christine! Hope you are enjoying spring! 😉
These are seriously the cutest things I’ve ever seen!! I’m sure they would be perfect for easter as well! Such an original idea! 🙂
Thank you so much Reshma! These are super fun…hope you can enjoy them at a tea time sometime soon! 😉
Wow! Beautiful AND drinkable?! These are wonderful, creative, and totally special.