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Chocolate Haystacks

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Delightfully chocolatey with a satisfying crunch, these easy chocolate haystacks are a favorite no-bake treat that you can whip up in minutes.
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  1. CHOCOLATE HAYSTACKS INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE HAYSTACKS RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. Storage
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These chocolate haystacks are simple to make and rather addictive to eat. Rich chocolate and butterscotch chips coat crunchy chow mein noodles in this no-bake treat that is the perfect cookie. 

A few of our favorite no-bake treats include the butterscotch version of these yummy cookies. Check out our butterscotch haystacks along with our peanut butter balls.

CHOCOLATE HAYSTACKS INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 5-ounce container of chow mein noodles

PRO TIP:

This recipe makes 12 haystacks and uses a whole single container of chow mein noodles. You can easily double or triple the recipe.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

PRETZELS: You could substitute pretzels for the chow mein noodles for this easy treat.

PEANUTS: Add extra salty crunch with salted peanuts mixed with the noodles.

CHOCOLATE: Substitute peanut butter chips or milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or semisweet chocolate chips for the butterscotch chips. You could even turn these into white chocolate haystacks with white chocolate chips.

SEA SALT: Add a dash of sea salt to the chocolate mixture for a gourmet spin on these treats.

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HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE HAYSTACKS RECIPE

STEP ONE: Place the chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in a medium microwavable bowl.

STEP TWO: Microwave chocolate chips in 30-second increments, stirring between each until chips are mostly melted.

PRO TIP:

Don’t heat for more than a 30-second interval at a time and stir well between each heating so that your chocolate and your butterscotch chips don’t scorch (if they scorch, they solidify and clump together, and there’s no saving them, you’ll have to start over).

STEP THREE: Stop heating and continue stirring until the mixture is fully melted and smooth.

STEP FOUR: Stir in a full container of chow mein noodles. Stir gently until all the noodles are fully coated in the melted chocolate mixture.

PRO TIP:

Some of the chow mein noodles tend to be really long. Stir gently because the noodles will break apart, but it’s okay if they break a little bit so that they don’t stick out every which way when you spoon them out.

If the haystack mixture gets too hard to work with, microwave for 15 to 30 seconds and stir.  

STEP FIVE: Use two spoons to scoop small piles of the “haystack” and drop mixture onto a sheet of parchment paper.

PRO TIP:

Make sure to use parchment paper or wax paper when spooning out the haystacks. They’ll lift easily off of the paper. You can place the paper on a baking sheet for ease, moving the haystacks around while they are setting (like if you wanted to pop them in the fridge or freezer to firm up more quickly.)

STEP SIX: Allow the haystacks to set (either at room temperature or in the fridge) and solidify before serving.   

PRO TIP:

If you want more of a wet look to the haystacks, crunch down the chow mein noodles into smaller pieces.

HOW TO SERVE

Perfect for gifting this holiday season, you can put these chocolate butterscotch haystacks in a food-safe bag or box and tie with a festive ribbon or put them in a glass jar or holiday cookie tin.

These chocolate chow mein clusters are also a staple addition to any potluck table. Whip up a batch and watch them disappear before your eyes.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Keep leftover no-bake chocolate haystack cookies in a cool location (or in the fridge or freezer). They will stay good for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

IN THE FREEZER: Store these chow mein noodle cookies for up to 3 months in the freezer in an airtight container. These sweet treats taste extra yummy chilled as well.

With just three ingredients and no baking required, these confections are a fantastic addition to your holiday treats. So simple yet addictively delicious, you won’t be able to resist adding these chocolate chow mein haystacks to your cookie jar.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do these delicious cookies need to be kept chilled?

You should keep these no-bake chocolate haystacks in a cool location so that the chocolate doesn’t become too soft and gooey.

Can I use a different kind of chocolate chip for this recipe?

You can use whatever flavor combination you like for the chocolate chips. Just make sure that your measurements add up to 2 cups of chips, have fun mixing and matching.

Can I double this recipe?

This easy recipe is super easy to double or even triple. Make a big batch of haystacks for sharing or gifting.

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Chocolate Haystacks

5 from 1 vote
Delightfully chocolatey with a satisfying crunch, these easy chocolate haystacks are a favorite no-bake treat that you can whip up in minutes.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 haystacks

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 5 ounces chow mein noodles

Instructions
 

  • Place the chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in a medium microwave-safe bowl.
  • Heat in 30-second increments, stirring between each, until chips are mostly melted.
  • Stop heating and continue stirring until the mixture is fully melted and smooth.
  • Stir in a full container of chow mein noodles. Stir gently until all the noodles are fully coated in the chocolate mixture.
  • Use two spoons to scoop small piles of the “haystack” mixture onto a sheet of parchment paper.
  • Allow the haystacks to set and solidify before serving.

Notes

PRO TIP: This recipe makes 12 haystacks and uses a whole single container of chow mein noodles. You can easily double or triple the recipe.
 
PRO TIP: Don’t heat for more than a 30-second interval at a time and stir well between each heating so that your chocolate and your butterscotch chips don’t scorch (if they scorch, they solidify and clump together, and there’s no saving them, you’ll have to start over).
 
PRO TIP: Some of the chow mein noodles tend to be really long. Stir gently because the noodles will break apart, but it’s okay if they break a little bit so that they don’t stick out every which way when you spoon them out.
 
PRO TIP: If the haystack mixture gets too hard to work with, microwave for 15-30 seconds and restir.  
 
PRO TIP: Make sure to use parchment paper or wax paper when spooning out the haystacks. They’ll lift easily off of the paper. You can place the paper on a baking sheet for ease, moving the haystacks around while they are setting (like if you wanted to pop them in the fridge or freezer to firm up more quickly.)
PRO TIP: If you want more of a wet look to the haystacks, crunch down the chow mein noodles into smaller pieces.

Nutrition

Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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