These chocolate salty sweet Chocolate Peanut Butter Haystacks are a riff on one of those old school sweet holiday treats. Most often, haystacks are made using a mixture of butterscotch flavored chips and peanut butter but, this variation features chocolate and peanut butter in lieu of butterscotch. The buttery butterscotch version is often found on holiday goodie trays and always a crowd favorite but, for a non seasonal treat chocolate is the way to go.
These sort of old school confections always make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Through the years, I’ve heard of som cooks making butterscotch haystacks using Fiber One cereal in place of the chow mein noodles. While I understand the thought behind that variation the old school chow mein noodle version is my absolute favorite. They’re a tasty no-bake treat for any special occasion and are often requested by my kids for their birthdays. They’re quick and easy to make and there’s no oven time required.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Haystacks
- 24 oz chocolate chips [milk/semi-sweet/dark your preference]
- 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
- 3 cup chow mein noodles
- 1 3/4 cup cocktail peanuts divided
- 1 tsp pure vanilla
- Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler. Melt over simmering water until smooth then add the peanut butter and vanilla.
- Mix until the peanut butter is fully combined with the chocolate.
- Pour the chow mein noodles and 1 1/2 cup cocktail peanuts into a separate mixing bowl. Finely chop the remaining 1/4 cup cocktail peanuts, set aside.
- Pour the melted chocolate and peanut butter over the chow mein noodles and peanuts.
- Use a large non-stick spatula and mix until fully coated. Drop in clusters using a Tbsp onto wax or parchment paper.
- Immediately sprinkle each haystack with the reserved finely chopped peanuts while the chocolate is still wet.
- Chill until set. Store chilled.