Whether you are looking for a simple teat to give as gifts, or you want to makes something for your family, this eggnog haystack recipe will be well received!
What Is A Haystack Recipe?
While there really isn’t a whole lot to this recipe, you’d be surprised to know that they are a number of different versions out there. For me, haystacks have always been made with chow mein noodles, peanut butter, and butterscotch chips. But some people make them with pretzels, rice crispy cereal, cornflakes, and/or coconut. I think the key take away from this is you need a crunchy, perhaps salty element and a sweet, chocolatey element. Beyond that, anything goes.
How To Make This Haystack Recipe
You are going to love how simple this no-bake recipe is! In a bowl, combine your chow mein noodles and peanuts. I used unsalted, but if you want a little more salty taste, by all means, try the salted peanuts. I melted white chocolate wafers, which is sometimes called candy bark or white chocolate candy coating. My favorite brand is Ghirardelli. I find that those melt quickly, easily and stirs up nice and smooth. And to me, the flavor beats some of the other brands.
You do not want to use white chocolate chips for this recipe as chocolate morsels will seize up as soon as you add any liquid. For this recipe, you will add a touch of rum extract to lend this haystack recipe that eggnog flavor. A sprinkle of nutmeg brings it all home!
Once the chocolate wafers have melted, quickly whisk in the rum extract and nutmeg then pour the mixture over the chow mein noodles; stir to coat. I used two large spoons to spoon the haystacks onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. They will take an hour or so to set completely. Store your haystacks in an airtight container for up to one week.
- 3 cups chow mein noodles
- 1 cup peanuts (I used unsalted)
- 32 oz chocolate bark or candy coating (I used Ghirardelli)
- 2 teaspoons rum extract ( or less depending on taste)
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- Combine the chow mien noodles and peanuts in a large bowl.
- Place the candy coating in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 45 second intervals until melted. Stir in the extract and the nutmeg. Drizzle chocolate mixture over the noodles, stirring to coat.
- Using two spoons, scoop haystacks onto lined baking sheets.
- Allow the haystacks to set completely before storing.
- Haystacks can be stored in an airtight container for 1 week.