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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Haystacks...Simple Chocolatey Goodness

I haven't been able to make posts like I normally would like to. Going back into teaching has taken me away from the time to make my usual blog posts when I was working in the corporate side. No worries though. I have actually enjoyed being back in education with these kids. They really have warmed up to me and they really want to learn.

Well for this go around, I wanted to post something that everyone can make easily, but it would be a conversation piece for any occasion. This is a very simple recipe, but its a great dessert as it is very rich, but you can't stop eating it.

A while back, we had a game night and I brought this over. They were a hit! I am definitely going to be making these for gatherings etc. Someone couldn't help but eat some of the chocolatey goodness...

 Ingredients: (Remember, you might want to cut the recipe as it yields a lot of haystacks)

12 oz bag semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup milk chocolate
2-3 cups smokehouse almonds (depends on how salty you want it)
1-2 cups chow mein noodles
2-3 cups mixed nuts
1 1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 1/2 cup dried blueberries

First, start by boiling your water in a medium sized pot. I am creating a double boiler this way. Obtain a glass bowl and you will be able to slowly melt the chocolate in the boiling water.

While the water is boiling, you can add all of the ingredients together with the exception of the chocolate. This is a salty yet sweet treat so many adults really would like this. Incorporate well. Place off to the side.


When the water is starting to boil, you can add the glass bowl with the chocolate. Make sure you are constantly mixing as the chocolate will start to melt. Once the chocolate is melted, take off the heat as you don't want to overdo it with the the chocolate.

Incorporate the chocolate into the mixture. Make sure you incorporate the chocolate well into the whole mixture making sure to remember not to overdo it.

You can make your haystacks onto parchment. What I have done instead is place them into cupcake cups as they will harden and its great for individual servings. In order to have them harden, place into the refrigerator for about an hour.

Again, this is great for gatherings as its pretty and people will not stop eating this. Do this way ahead of time and people will think that you slaved over to make these decadent treats.