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Chocolate Meringue Nests

Take your meringues to another level by adding chocolate! These easy to make chocolate meringue nests are crispy on the outside, chewy in the middle and very chocolatey. 
Active Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 10 meringue nests


  • 4 large egg whites
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 50 g dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder


  • Pre-heat the oven to 100ºC/80ºC fan.
  • Finely grate the dark chocolate (50g).
  • Put your 4 egg whites into a large bowl and whisk on a low speed until foamy. Once foamy, increase the speed to medium until the egg whites form stiff peaks.
  • Add the caster sugar (200g) a tablespoon at a time and whisk at a medium speed until combined. Continue to whisk until your meringue is stiff (if you remove the whisk it'll stand up in a peak).
  • Sift the cocoa powder (1 tbsp), and then add the cocoa powder and grated chocolate to the meringue mixture. Fold in the cocoa and chocolate until everything is evenly distributed.
  • Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper or a non-stick baking sheet (I love these bake-o-glide sheets).
  • Put your meringue mixture into a large piping bag fitted with a star nozzle.
  • Start by piping a dot in the centre of your meringue nest, then in one continuous motion go around the dot twice to make a bigger circle and then go around the outside twice to build the sides. If you don’t really like piping then you can simply make 10 dollops of meringue on your baking sheet then use the back of a tablespoon to make a dent in the centre. There’s a little video here if you’d prefer to watch how piping is done.
  • Bake the meringues for 1 hour 45 minutes. Once cooked turn off the oven and leave them to cool in the oven. It’s best to leave them to cool slowly in the oven but if you’re in a bit of a hurry then remove them from the oven and cool them on a rack (they’re slightly more likely to crack if cooled more quickly).
  • Serve.


These meringue nests can be made a few days in advance. Simply store them in an airtight container until they're needed. If you need to store them for longer then they're also suitable for freezing. Once again store them in an airtight container and simply take them out when needed. They take very little time to defrost so they're perfect for a dessert emergency!


Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1.9g | Fat: 1.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.9g | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 22.7g

Any nutritional information provided is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you would like to learn more about how this is calculated.

Author: Charlotte Oates