Chocolate Haystacks

Nothing is easier than a recipe that clearly states “no bake.”  Chocolate Haystacks are beyond simple to make and they’re the perfect “no bake” activity for your kids.  They’re hassle-free, oven-free and they create a chocolaty mess comparable to finger painting.  What could be more fun?

Sometimes, all you have to do is look in your pantry and chances are, you have the ingredients to create the tastiest of treats.  I had no idea the Peppermint Bark we made last week was so effortless to make and only required three ingredients, all of which I previously owned.  Same goes for Chocolate Haystacks.  They can be made with as little as three ingredients: chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and a bag of Chow Mein noodles.

Chocolate and Butterscotch Chips

Haystack’s secret weapon

That’s it.  No pre-heating, no electric mixing, no measuring spoons and no cups.

You simply dump the ingredients together in a bowl, heat them up and then stir them together and spoon them on a cookie sheet and plop them in the refrigerator to harden a bit and you’re done.

The best baking project ever!

When the chocolate has fully hardened, you get to boast the most unusual looking sweets that look more like stick sculptures than simple noodles-covered-in-chocolate.

There are many variations to this recipe that call for ground nuts and oatmeal.  We just kept it simple.  The melted mixture of  butterscotch and chocolate chips provides an alarmingly sweet flavor that doesn’t require any additional ingredients—except the perfect crunch of the noodles, of course!


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  1. looks yummy. you can do the same with pretzel sticks as well as strawberries. with strawberries you can melt good chocolate in the microwave and then dip strawberries, lay on wax paper lined cookie sheet and place in refrigerator to cool.

  2. yum. thanks. with the strawberries, where’s the crunch (or the haystack part). Or is it simply chocolate-dipped strawberries?

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  4. My mother used to make these with butterscotch and peanut butter pieces and they are unreal. I used to make them for Christmas cookies and people were fascinated with the Chinese noodles. They could never figure out what they were! I had never thought of doing them with chocolate!

    Oh and we also put in mini marshmallows. SOmetimes the fruit flavored, sometimes not.

  5. My Grandmother used to make these and I remember them to be so good!

  6. I made these, last week, for my class. I usually add in nuts or raisins but, many don’t like either of these so I did it, like you did and they were a great success. Isn’t it great to have an easy treat, you and/or the kids can throw together, at the last minute?

    • Casey » it was so much fun, they look great and taste even better. I keep surprising myself with so many treats that are beyond easy to make and taste terrific. Stay tuned, Friday I’ll be posting cake balls…. thanks for coming by.

  7. YUMMY !! I haven’t had or made haystacks in so long! They look delicious … thank you so much for sharing! *Becca* (now “liking” you on Facebook). Happy New Year!

    • Becca » yay! so happy you stopped over to My Judy the Foodie/ Let me know how your haystacks turn out. You know, you can also use pretzels…. happy holidays

  8. Yummo! We call these chocolate spiders for some reason… not sure why. I’ve never seen those butterscotch chips before though. We use chocolate and if you don’t have allergies, crunchy peanut butter. So yummy.

  9. I’ve had a few variations of this but love yours too!

  10. they look really good, I have never had them before. And what a cute helper:)

  11. These are my favorites! I’d love it if you’d link this up at my Home and Family Friday linky party.


  12. I love haystacks, my Grandmother-in-law makes these for me every year for Christmas because she knows they are my favorite! I always have my very own container to take home. Thank you so much for sharing this!!!!

  13. I love haystacks ~ we used to make them in 4H all the time 🙂

    Stopping by from Sweet Indulgences Sunday

  14. Awe you make them like my Grandma but with chocolate. I love haystacks! Found you over at lamb around

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