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Mais Queso (Corn and Cheese) Ice Cream Nests

Holy Week officially started yesterday and that means Easter is here in just 6 days! I'm pretty sure that everyone's busy preparing for some get together this weekend, so I feel that there's nothing better for me to share today than this ice cream treat that will be perfect for Easter dessert. Whether you're planning something festive or you're just thinking of a simple family lunch, this is something that's sure to give delight not only to the kids but to the whole family. Everyone will surely find this to be so refreshing after the egg hunt.

When I saw this on, I knew I have to try it. This ice cream nests idea is actually perfect not just for Easter but for all kinds of occasions. It's such a fun alternative to the usual cone. My girls find this way of serving ice cream too cute. For this post, I used homemade Mais Queso (Corn and Cheese) Ice Cream, (a favorite Filipino ice cream that I haven't had for ages), but you can actually use any ice cream flavor you want. 

Check out my version of Nestle's Easter Ice Cream Nests and let me know what you think!

By the way, starting this Wednesday, I will be doing PiTCC's Favorite Dishes from Around The World every 1st and 3rd Wednedays of the month, wherein I'll be asking fabulous bloggers to guest post with one of my favorite non-Filipino dishes. I can't wait to introduce you to my first guest blogger!!! I'm sure most of you are familiar with her. Here's a hint...she's Italian! :) Be sure to come back this Wednesday to meet her and find out about one of my favorite seafood dishes...

Yield: 8 Ice Cream Nests 
Adapted from
  • 8 chocolate eggs (I used Hersheys Cookies 'n' Creme Eggs), unwrapped
  • ½ cup bitter sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup miniature marshmallows
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 1½ cups corn flake cereal, crushed
  • ½ cup coarsely ground almonds)
  • 8 scoops homemade Mais Queso ice cream (or any ice cream flavor you prefer)
  • 6 Tbsp finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • ready made chocolate syrup or ¼ cup melted bitter sweet chocolate chips

For the ice Mais Queso ice cream
  • 1 can cream style corn
  • ¾ cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 4 Tbsp whole kernel corn

For the ice cream:

1. In a blender, whip  corn, heavy cream, milk and sugar until smooth.
2. Chill the mixture for at least one hour.

3. Pour in your ice cream maker and churn. Mix for about 25-30 minutes or according to manufacturer's instructions. Add whole kernel corn and cheese in the last 5 minutes of churning. Transfer ice cream in a tightly sealed container and freeze until ready to serve. Store-bought ice cream containers will work well for this.

* If you don't have an ice cream maker, pour the ice cream mixture into a wide, airtight container and put in refrigerator for at least 1 hour then place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Beat ice cream mixture with an electric mixer until smooth. Put it back in the freezer for 40 minutes - then beat with an electric mixer. Repeat "40 minute freeze-then-beat cycle" 3 times. You can choose to either beat your ice cream mixture every 40 minutes until frozen or let your ice cream mixture freeze on its own. Either method works fine but the more you beat it, the softer it will be. Fold whole kernel corn and cheese into the ice cream after last beating.

For the cups:

1. Grease 8 muffin cups.
2. Place semi-sweet chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds then stir. Continue melting in the microwave in 15 second increments, stirring after each heating, until chips are melted and smooth when stirred.

3. Combine marshmallows, butter and corn syrup in medium bowl. Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 15 seconds. Stir until marshmallows are melted. Add melted chocolate, cereal and almonds. Mix well.
4. Press mixture onto bottoms and up sides of prepared muffin cups. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove chocolate nests carefully with a small spatula. Let stand at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes.
To assemble:
Place ¾ Tbsp shredded cheddar cheese inside each nest. Place a small scoop of Mais Queso Ice Cream on top.  Drizzle with chocolate syrup and top each with 1 cookies 'n' creme egg.
Be sure to come back this Wednesday to meet my first guest blogger for PiTCC's Favorite Dishes from Around The World!!!


  1. they have to be the cutest things I have ever seen!

  2. Wow! Ok, Tina your recipes are too awesome. This is perfect for Easter dessert. I'm pinning this immediately! Oh.. guess what? I've given you some awards!

  3. Corn and cheese ice cream with chocolate nests and such beautiful decor? You are astounding - do you mind if I make this part of my Easter post as a link?

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. So interesting this ice cream...corn and cream cheese...back in Brazil we used to eat lots of corn ice cream, but have yet to try this with cheese. Looks good!
    Thanks for this recipe and hope you have a wonderful week Tina :)

  5. These look adorable! I like the way you put all the elements together, very creative. I would love to have a scoop right now, thanks for sharing this!

  6. This is a beautiful dessert. I've never ever had corn and cheese ice cream but I'm dying to try it. Happy Easter.

    1. Corn and cheese is a favorite Filipino ice cream flavor, Maureen. It's really good!

  7. Gorgeous , Tina ! All my fave food in an edible cup ;D Will try your corn & cheese next time as I just made some mango ice cream :P :D

  8. Wow! Ice Cream. You presented it in a very beautiful way :)

  9. Beautiful nice recipe Tina. Love this .

  10. What a cool idea! I never think about savory ice creams!

  11. Hi Tina, wow... your nest look soooo cute and so neat. You too very creative and talented.

    I want 2 pieces, please. Look so awesome.

    Have a great week ahead, my dear.

  12. Such a fancy presentation and those cups are super cute!

  13. Awesome idea! I have never had corn and cheese ice cream but it looks delicious! And the nests??? Ohhhhh I am sooo hungry now!!! Beautiful pictures and presentation! :-)

  14. Festive and cute! :) Somehow while I don't have kids I skip such cute sweets and desserts, I just bake a cake for the adults :)

  15. Instead of serving just the ice-cream, you made the nest which is a perfect replacement for the ice-cream con and lovely way of letting the ice-cream inside this. Wonderful pics to go with the write up on Easter and yeh, making these for the kids is a good way of giving them a treat.

  16. These little nests full of ice cream look incredibly delicious. For us Christian Orthodox the Holly Week is next week! I can't wait to see the guest posts from other places of the world Tina!

  17. This would totally satisfy my sweet tooth! And perfect for Easter! :D

  18. What a brilliant idea for a easter treat that looks so festive!!

  19. This is such a nice treat especially for Easter Sunday. I'm sure kids would love it, Tina. Thank you and have a Happy Easter to you and your family.

    ~ ray ~

  20. omg wat a wonderfull treat dear...i feel hungry...awesome..Happy Easter to u and ur Family

  21. Wow,,,I don't think one cup is enough for me,,,the ice cream and cup from scratch,AMAZING !! looks delicious i love all the pictures too stunning !!

  22. They look delicious. And I like the way you presented it in chocolate cups and the shredded cheddar cheese.

  23. Cheese & Chocolates?? Genius, dear! Sooooooo cute. I want, I want! Hahaha!

  24. Love it. How did the mais queso ice cream work with the chocolate? Was it a good match together?

    1. The flavors of the mais queso ice cream and the bitter sweet chocolate complemented each other. The saltiness of the cheese somehow enhanced the flavor of the chocolate, and it was awesome! At first, my eldest daughter was hesitant to eat it...but she ended up loving it. :)

  25. Wonderful idea, and so pretty too! Loving your post, Tina!!!

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