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Chocolate Oatmeal Coconut Candies (Chocolate Haystacks)

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Rating: 4/5 4 stars
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recipe is ready in under 30 minutes time: 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.


90 calories, 4 grams fat, 14 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams protein per serving. This recipe is low in sodium.
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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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They taste good, but they just fall apart. I didn't add nuts, so that might be the problem.

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Dec 13, 2010

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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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Used to eat them as a kid and lost the recipe Thanks

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Jun 9, 2010

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

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May 30, 2010

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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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These cookies are the best!! Exactly how I remember them as a kid!

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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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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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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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