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Old 11-25-2008, 02:44 PM   #1
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Haystacks

This is a tried and true family recipe. It is a very old recipe. (My dad loved 'em)

Haystacks:
Mix the following in a large bowl:
3 cups oatmeal (long-cooking type)
3 T cocoa
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Pinch salt
Then, bring to boil the following:
1 stick margarine (or sweet butter)
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
After taking off the stove, add 1 t vanilla.
Drop by spoon making haystack shapes.

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Old 11-25-2008, 07:23 PM   #2
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I have a variation on the traditional recipe for haystacks:

Here's the recipe:

2 c butterscotch chips (16 oz.)
1 c creamy peanut butter
3 c mini marshmallows
4 c chow mein noodles
OPTIONAL 2 c salted nuts (salted peanuts, mixed nuts, cashews, etc.)

1.In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt chips.

2.Add peanut butter to melted butterscotch chips.

3.Add to peanut butter-butterscotch mixture, marshmallows and
chow mein noodles. Stir until chow mein noodles and marshallows
are throughly coated.

4.Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper-lined cookie sheets.
Transfer cookie sheets to refrigerator; chill until butterscotch
mixture has set.
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Old 11-25-2008, 07:42 PM   #3
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We called that recipe something else but darn it all, I can't seem to remember what. I wonder if my mom would know as it was so long ago.
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Old 11-25-2008, 07:45 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by uniqueenigma View Post
I have a variation on the traditional recipe for haystacks:

Here's the recipe:

2 c butterscotch chips (16 oz.)
1 c creamy peanut butter
3 c mini marshmallows
4 c chow mein noodles
OPTIONAL 2 c salted nuts (salted peanuts, mixed nuts, cashews, etc.)

1.In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt chips.

2.Add peanut butter to melted butterscotch chips.

3.Add to peanut butter-butterscotch mixture, marshmallows and
chow mein noodles. Stir until chow mein noodles and marshallows
are throughly coated.

4.Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper-lined cookie sheets.
Transfer cookie sheets to refrigerator; chill until butterscotch
mixture has set.
My late MIL made these and they were always a big hit, especially with the grandkids.
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Old 11-25-2008, 09:25 PM   #5
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i make the chocolate haystack alot,
try adding some dried cranberrys or a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter
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Old 11-25-2008, 09:40 PM   #6
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I think the other recipe is called Chinese Noodle Candy.

Awesome letscook, I wonder where the Haystack recipe came from? I think in my family, one of my Great Aunts made it but I wonder the era and how the recipe came about. It is kind of different, isn't it?
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:12 PM   #7
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All i know they been around since i can rember as a kid, I grew up on them and still make them. so at least 54 yrs.
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