Halloween Haystacks

I can not believe it is already Halloween. Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner which means I better get baking! Every year for Halloween I whip together a batch of haystacks. Haystacks are basically a mix of miniature marshmallows, peanuts, and chow mein noodles coated in butterscotch and peanut butter and left to set. It is the best combination of sweet and salty, crunchy and soft, and it always makes me think of Halloween. I first tried them a long time ago when our neighbors dropped a batch off for us. They are so easy. Give them a try!

1 (11 oz) package butterscotch chips

3/4 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup cocktail peanuts

1 1/2 cups chow mein noodles

3 cups miniature marshmallows

3/4 cup candy corn m&m candies

In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the butterscotch chips for 1 minute; stir. If the chips are not fully melted, microwave them at 15 second intervals until melted. Stir in the peanut butter.

Add peanuts and chow mein noodles to the melted butterscotch. Stir to coat.

Before adding in the marshmallows and m&ms, I was sure to check to make sure the butterscotch mixture was not too hot. You don’t want your marshmallows and m&ms melting before they have a chance to set.

Stir in the marshmallows and m&m candies. Stir to coat everything.

Drop tablespoon sized scoops onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Place in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight to set. Keep cold and enjoy!

Normally haystacks do not include the m&m candies. However I had an extra bag laying around (of course) and I was hoping that the orange, yellow, and white m&ms would add some Halloween colors to my treat.

I will most likely be spending Halloween with my boyfriend. Either passing candy out to kids or heading downtown to check out all of the people in costumes. It’s pretty sad when your parents go to Halloween parties and you haven’t even been to one. Happy Halloween everyone!

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