In years past I've enjoyed making treats for the holidays for my students. I love making themed desserts and watching their faces light up whenever they see what I've made. Last year I took off from the end of August until mid-December because I had Baby J so I didn't end up making them any treats. I'm so ready to get back into it this year!
The first thing I made were these Halloween Haystacks. I wanted to make something simple but fun that I thought the kids would like. There are only a few ingredients in these Haystacks and you can make them any color you want. I used the original butterscotch flavor for some of the stacks but then added some color to the other ones.
To make it easy you can buy candy eyes to put on the haystacks. Put one, two, three, or even more on each one. Unfortunately I thought I had candy eyeballs at my house but after making these I realized I didn't. If you don't have any or can't find them, don't panic. Simple use white chocolate to make a small circle and then put a chocolate dot in the center. Allow it to harden then lift it up and place it on your Halloween Haystacks.
I think it would be fun to add some different flavors to these stacks as well. The caramel colored ones are made with butterscotch chips so they are already flavored. I know you can buy fun flavored candy melts and I think that would be the easiest way to add some flavor and color to these haystacks.
What I like about these are how easy they are to make. Kids could even have a good time helping to make these. I was afraid they would be way too sweet but the saltiness of the chow mein noodles really helps to balance out the sweetness of the chocolate or candy melts.
I can't wait to take these in to my students and I'm sure any kid would be thrilled to have one of these for a Halloween snack or dessert!
- 1 c. butterscotch chips (or colored candy melts)
- ¼ c. cookie butter (optional)
- 2 c. chow mein noodles
- 1 c. mini marshallows
- candy eyes
- Melt the butterscotch chips or candy melts in the microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval.
- Once melted stir in the cookie butter. Mix until smooth.
- Pour the mixture into a large bowl and add in the chow mein noodles and mini marshmallows. Mix until combined.
- Drop by tablespoon onto wax paper. Press candy eyes onto the stacks before the mixture cools and hardens.
- Allow to harden 1 hour.
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