Sunday, February 8, 2015

Chunky Haystacks with Shoestring Potato Chips

When I first looked at this recipe for Chunky Haystacks with Shoestring Potato Chips it took me down memory lane. I made these haystacks so many times for my children for after school treats, class room treats and just fun little snacks for the family. In those days there was a standard way to make the chow mien noodle treat. I am so excited to have a grown up haystack for you today, these are loaded with great flavor for the adults as well as the kids.

Chunky Haystacks with Shoestring Potato Chip

Chunky Haystacks with Shoestring Potato Chips at Miz Helen's Country Cottage




For many years I have participated in the Secret Recipe Club. Every month we are given an assignment for another persons blog in our group. We visit that persons blog and choose a recipe from their blog to present to all of you.

I really hit the jack pot this month  Kelly at Wildflours Kitchen, has an outstanding blog and I had so much fun hanging out on her blog this month! I signed up right away for her email, because I did not want to miss a single post, they are really that good!! As I began to get to know Kelly it was clear to me why she was such a talented cook, recipe developer and blogger. Kelly owned her own restaurant for a while and her own catering company for more than 20 years. She has been published in several well know publications and since the mid 90's has served as a Field Editor for Taste of Home Magazine. Kelly is an award winning writer and enjoys gardening, photography and cooking. Kelly lives with her husband Tom, rescue kitty "Gilbert", outdoor kitty "Betsy" in a cottage on a lake in New Jersey.

I found several recipes on from Wildflours Kitchen that I will be trying in the future, these recipes looked really good to me, Strawberry Jam Tart Cookies and Homemade Battered Sweet and Sour Chicken, but finally the haystacks won out for today.

Kelly had changed the original recipe for "Scotch Crunchies" that used chow mien noodles, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips. Her recipe follows and then I will let you have the recipe that I used for our family. I encourage you and does Kelly to make this recipe your own and enjoy!

Chunky Haystacks with Shoestring Potato Chips Cashews and Raisins
Serves 24
Ingredients
6 ounces quality milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 ounces quality butterscotch chips
2 1/2 cups shoestring potato chips (more if needed)
1 cup salted cashews or peanuts
1 cup lightly packed seedless raisins, regular or golden
Directions
In a large bowl, microwave chips until melted, stirring once through. (Don't overheat and scorch.)
Stir in rest of ingredients, and drop onto waxed paper-lined cookie sheets by rounded tablespoons, mounding a bit to form little "haystacks".
Chill until set.
Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

This Is How I Changed The Ingredients For Our Family

Chunky Haystacks with Shoestring Potato Chips
Miz Helen's Kitchen
Serves 24
Ingredients
6 ounces quality milk chocolate chips
6 ounces quality cinnamon chips
2 1/2 cups shoestring potato chips
1/2 cup peanuts
1/2 cup cashews
1 cup dried cranberries
Directions
In a large bowl, microwave chips until melted, stirring once through. (Don't overheat and scorch.)
Stir in rest of ingredients, and drop onto waxed paper-lined cookie sheets by rounded tablespoons, mounding a bit to form little "haystacks".
Chill until set.
Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
Recipe Tip
I used my hands to toss the ingredients to completely cover the shoestring potato chips.
Adapted from Kelly at Wildflours Kitchen
Print Recipe

Melt The Chocolate

Chunky Haystacks with Shoestring Potato Chips at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Mix All The Ingredients

Chunky Haystacks with Shoestring Potato Chips at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Build The Haystacks

Chunky Haystacks with Shoestring Potato Chips at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Ready To Serve

Chunky Haystacks with Shoestring Potato Chips at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

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Thanks so much for stopping by today to enjoy this awesome treat with us, I always look forward to your visits. Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen

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8 comments:

  1. How fun! Thanks for posting for the SRC, Helen.

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  2. Sweet-salty treats are my favourite kind. We get potato sticks here which are liberally doused with sugar and salt and have raisins and nuts mixed in. This addition of chocolate just makes it perfect! Awesome pic!

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  3. I am posting this for you Kelly, thank you so much!
    For Miz Helen! For some reason, I could not comment on your blog! I tried for more than a half an hour and finally gave up. (Tech challenged here.) But I copied my comment to paste here!So sorry that I couldn't comment!
    "Oh, Miz Helen! You made my day! So happy that you enjoyed my recipe and had so much fun with it! I'll have to try cinnamon chips the next time that I make them! What a great idea! So nice to meet you, and signing up for your blog as well! ~Kelly (The SRC! )"

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  4. Scrumptious and easy - perfect treat!

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  5. Oh Miz Helen, I love this super easy sweet-salty snack idea! Great choice for SRC!

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  6. These are extremely CUTE Miz Helen :)
    I wish I could grab them all for myself

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  7. Wow I have seen or had these in ages! What a great find, Miz Helen!

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  8. Yumm!! I really need to make these with my son - I remember we made a simplified version of haystacks many years ago at Christmas, but they really should be a tradition. :)

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