I admit they aren’t attractive. Haystacks are the space aliens of holiday candies. They make up for it in flavor and crunch. And they’re oh-so-easy.
The ingredients are
1 package of chocolate chips
1 package of chow mein noodles
1 cup of nuts (optional)
Break the crunchy chow mein noodles into pieces. To relieve tension, put your clean hands into the bowl, grab handfuls, and squeeze. It’s almost as much fun a popping bubble wrap. If you want to get really crazy, break them until they are very small pieces and your finished product will look more uniform, like coconut drops.
Add the nuts now if you want them. The ones in the picture are sans nuts because the hubby doesn’t like them, and I don’t want to be tasked with eating them all myself.
Next, melt a little over 3/4 the chocolate chips in a double boiler or in the microwave. If you do them in the microwave, put them on for one minute, stir, then keep going for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each cook time. You want these chips to be melted.
Next, you’re going to work a miracle on the chocolate that will keep it from melting on your guest’s fingers. While the melted chocolate is still hot, pour in the remaining chips and keep stirring until they are fully melted.
Here’s how it was explained to me. When you melt chocolate chips, they can’t remember how to get back to that solid form. Melting in a few solid chips teaches them how to hold their shape again. Works for me.
Pour the chocolate into the bowl and keep folding until everything is covered.
Note: In all the years I’ve been making these, I’ve never covered every little spot. If you are worried about appearances, cut back on the chow mein and the nuts and add more at the end if you need to.
Once it’s all mixed together, use two tablespoons to plop them onto wax paper. One to scoop and one to scrape the mixture off the spoon. By this time, it might stick to the spoon.
Leave them alone, and they will solidify.
Store them in a covered container.
That’s it. The flavor of the noodles combines with the chocolate in a weird and wonderful way. Salted nuts amps up the experience.