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Chocolate Oatmeal Coconut Candies (Chocolate Haystacks)

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Rating: 4/5
9 reviews

ready in: under 30 minutes
serves/makes:   48

recipe id: 14050
cook method: stovetop
Chocolate Oatmeal Coconut Candies (Chocolate Haystacks) Recipe
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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.

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90 calories, 4 grams fat, 14 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams protein per serving. This recipe is low in sodium.
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REVIEW: 3 star recipe rating
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.

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REVIEW: 3 star recipe rating
They taste good, but they just fall apart. I didn't add nuts, so that might be the problem.

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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.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Used to eat them as a kid and lost the recipe Thanks

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Instead of coconut and walnuts, try substituting 1 cup creamy peanut butter. Delicious!

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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?

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
These cookies are the best!! Exactly how I remember them as a kid!

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
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.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
These Chocolate haystacks are yummy. Iv been looking for this recipe since i left primary school. im really pleased with the result.:)

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
These cookies are exactly like the ones I ate when I was a kid! Perfect! I did make one tiny change, only based on what I had in my pantry, I replaced the walnuts with pecans, though when I was a kid we never put any nuts in... The most important thing for me was the chocolate flavor and consistency and it is like a flashback to my childhood.

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Dec 12, 2006

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
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.

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Jan 17, 2006

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
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.

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