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
- 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.