Bird’s Nest Tea Bombs

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.

Ingredients:

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.)

Equipment:

large mixing bowl

medium pot

wooden spoon

candy thermometer

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

Directions:

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.

50 thoughts on “Bird’s Nest Tea Bombs

  1. 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

    • 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. 🙂

  2. 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. 😉

  3. 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! 🙂

    • 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! 😉

  4. 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 :))

  5. 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. 😉

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