Chocolate Oatmeal Coconut Candies (Chocolate Haystacks)
recipe at a glance
4 stars - 7 reviews
ready in: under 30 minutes
serves/makes: 48recipe id: 14050cook method: stovetop
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3 1/2 cups quick cooking oatmeal
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large saucepan, combine sugar, milk, butter and cocoa; bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients.
Drop from a teaspoon onto waxed paper; work quickly as the mixture hardens quickly.
90 calories, 4 grams fat, 14 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams protein per serving
. This recipe is low in sodium.
ratings & reviews
|Feb 8, 2011 april03
I always found it more tasty, when after I boiled it for several minutes to add the coconut to the chocolate on the stove, my boys like it when I softened some of the oatmeal to the choclate as well. makes them more chewy.
Dec 13, 2010 Barbara
Many haystack recipes (this one included) do not specify that you need to boil the first mixture for about five minutes. If you drop some of it into a glass of cold water and it turns into a ball, you have boiled it enough. I don't know how many haystack recipes I have seen that leave out this important step.
Oct 20, 2010 Deb
Used to eat them as a kid and lost the recipe Thanks
May 30, 2010 sstacinator
I must of made them wrong, I measured & did everything the correct way it was written but it did not turn out right...did not harden or stick together after I placed them on the wax paper. Wish it would of turned out. Does anyone know how to fix a bad batch?
Dec 2, 2008 Justine
Maybe I did not boil long enough... the haystacks haven't really hardened. I guess more elaboration of how long to boil would be helpful. I did not boil a long time - maybe a minute.
Dec 12, 2006 NancyTepplerMember since: December 12, 2006
I learned a similar recipe as a youngster (50 years ago) on Bell Island, Newfoundland, taught to me by a friend of my mother. I've been searching for it for years, and I'm delighted to have found it, again, here. I was taught to keep the mixture in the top of a double boiler over hot water to keep it from hardening too quickly. We used a tablespoon to drop them and rolled them into balls as soon as they were cool enough to handle, and then rolled them again in additional coconut. Keeping hands oiled helps, but be careful as chocolate products can retain a lot of heat. I use a little less oatmeal and add as needed. We called them "golf balls." Thank you for bringing back this part of my childhood to me; I am including the recipe in a cookbook I am designing for my 9-year old granddaughter, who has started finding the joy of working in the kitchen. You have helped to pass the fun on from generation to generation, and for that I am very grateful. Thank you.
Jan 17, 2006 missmisseMember since: January 17, 2006
This is an amazing recipe. The kids love it, and I can't stop eating them! So don't make this if you're on a diet! I did add a bit less oatmeal myself though.