Here at Plated, we’ve been known to save room for dessert, whether it’s a recipe from our own menu or something we just whipped up with whatever we’ve got in the kitchen. And we’ve got a new arrival for the latter category: chocolate haystacks.
Made with just a few standard kitchen ingredients, this snack requires very little time and effort, yet delivers big on taste. The sweetness of the chocolate blends beautifully with the crunch of the pretzels and nuts, and is balanced perfectly by a sprinkling of sea salt. If you have some pretzels and time to melt some chocolate, then you can make these delicious treats.
24 oz milk chocolate chips
2 cups pretzel sticks
1 cup toasted peanuts
Plus, grab a pan to melt the chocolate in; a wooden spoon to stir the pretzels and nuts into the melted chocolate; two teaspoons for making haystack piles; and a sheet pan lined with parchment paper to rest the piles on.
1. Pour chocolate chips into a pan on medium heat. Stir until they melt, about five minutes.
2. Add pretzel sticks and nuts, then mix until coated in chocolate, another five minutes.
Mix everything with a wooden spoon and don’t worry if the pretzel sticks break—that unevenness works out well when you make the haystack piles!
3. Use two teaspoons to make piles of the mixture on parchment paper.
4. Sprinkle sea salt and cool in the freezer for 10 minutes.
5. Remove from the freezer, plate, and enjoy!