While it may be easier to stick to the tried and true recipes when preparing appetizers and snacks for those parties, why not try something fun for Halloween? Take these Chocolate Coconut Haystacks, for example. Traditionally made from graham crackers, melted chocolate and coconut flakes, perhaps it is time to change things up a bit and prepare them a little differently.
Baking Chocolate Squares, unsweetened and semi-sweet, 4 squares each
Chow Mein Noodles
Double boiler or saucepan and stainless steel mixing bowl
Parchment or waxed paper
Baking sheet, medium
Take a medium size baking sheet and line it with either parchment or waxed paper.
Using a double boiler or saucepan/stainless steel mixing bowl combo, follow the simple directions below to melt a combination of unsweetened and semi-sweet chocolate. Stir in enough Chow Mein noodles so that there is no excess chocolate in the double boiler pan.
Using two tablespoons scoop up a small to medium stack of the chocolate covered Chow Mein noodles and place them in small piles on the lined baking sheet. There is no need to space them far apart as they won’t spread like a cookie baking in the oven.
Sprinkle shredded coconut flakes (or watch the video to learn how to prepare fresh coconut) across the tops of all the haystacks. Place the pan in the refrigerator to chill. This should take about an hour. Be sure to store them in the refrigerator as they will last for at least two weeks in an airtight container.
Fill a saucepan or the bottom half of a double boiler with 2 to 3 in. of water. Place chocolate squares into a stainless steel mixing bowl or the top half of a double boiler and set aside. Bring water to a boil, lower the heat; place the chocolate over the boiling water to start melting. Use a spatula to stir the chocolate continually. Once the chocolate is melted, begin using immediately.
With minimal time to prepare and only an hour to harden in the refrigerator, these are ready to serve in practically an instant. Enjoy this great treat at any party, for the kids or for adults. Look for a tasty alternate version of Chocolate Coconut Haystacks coming soon!
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