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Chocolate Haystacks

Although we may not have a tremendous amount of Fall Color in Texas, the cooler weather conjures images of haystacks, pumpkins, and chrysanthemums. A sweet culinary rendition of these musings are “Haystacks”. This chocolate version (if its not chocolate, it’s not desert, right?) has a spicy element. You can leave out the cayenne sprinkle for kids, and for those special little trick-or-treaters in your life, they easily wrap individually.

I recently had these available as an after dinner treat for a family gathering that included several college students. They did a quick disappearing act . (I secretly had craved one for breakfast the morning after, and there were none to be found)

Spicy Chocolate Haystacks

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 12


  • 24 oz dark chocolate chips
  • 12 oz package chow mein noodles
  • 1 ½ cups walnuts
  • 1 tbsp cayenne


  • Prepare two sheet pans with parchment paper
  • Chop walnuts with a chopper or with a knife into fairly medium pieces.
  • Melt chocolate chips in a large glass bowl for about 3-4 minutes in microwave, stirring every minute.
  • When completely melted and fluid, add chow mien noodles and walnuts. Stir.
  • Scoop tablespoonful of mixture and use another spoon to drop onto parchment paper.
  • Pour cayenne pepper into a tea strainer, and lightly dust with pepper.
  • Place in freezer fo 10 minutes to firm and be able to store in an airtight container.