We use the beloved Priester's Pecans, Pecan Logs to make the perfect white chocolate Haystack. A combination of sweet and salty in a delicious no bake candy.
Priester's Pecan Log Haystacks
If you have been with me for very long, you know I love to make treats from already prepared treats. One of the ways I keep my creative juices flowing in the kitchen is to do this. Earlier this year, I used the new Girl Scout Cookie to make this delicious NO BAKE CHEESECAKE . It is always such a fun thing to do.
I also love supporting Hometown Folks! Our friends about 30 miles away at Priester's Pecans serve up some of the South's finest treats. It was only natural for me to take their perfect PECAN LOGS and make another delicious option on how to use them. They are perfect right out of the package but this shows you a different spin and hopefully will inspire you to get creative in the kitchen too!
Ingredients for the Haystacks
The full ingredient list and quantities are listed at the bottom of this post on a printable recipe card.
- Priesters Pecan logs - Traditionally, haystacks are made with peanuts but we wanted to shake things up a bit and add all of the nougat, cherries, caramel and pecans that the logs highlight.
- White chocolate chips - Most haystack recipes call for a butterscotch outer layer. We also got creative and used white chocolate here instead for a more festive feel and aesthetic. Not to mention, chocolate!
- Chow mein noodles - This may be the only thing we didn't "rethink" about this recipe. After all, Haystacks are only haystacks with this salty addition.
How to Make Them
This No Bake recipe is simple and you can use your microwave or a double boiler method on the stove. With just a little prep, these beauties come together in a flash!
Cube pecan logs into small pieces.
Heat white chocolate in microwave for 1 minute.
Stir and heat in 30 second intervals until melted.
Stir in Chow Mein noodles and pecan logs.
Spoon on parchment lined pan. allow to set.
Tips for Perfect Haystacks
Overheating the chocolate can happen very fast. It should be loose. Most microwaves get this done in 1-2 minutes. If you go over, the chocolate will burn and stiffen.
Don't worry if some break. While mixing, this mixture gets thick and sometimes hard to stir. Work fast and don't sweat it if some noodles break. It's normal.
Using a spoon and spatula to scoop the haystacks out and onto a parchment lined sheet pan helps keep things tidy. You can also spray your fingers with a bit of cooking spray. Just don't overdo it or the candy could taste different.
That all depends on the temperature and time of year you make them. For example, if you are making them in cool climates in a cooler room of the house, they should set up pretty quickly. However, if its warmer in the room or outside, the set time can be a bit longer. No worries though, you can place the sheet pan in the refrigerator for about 5 to 10 minutes to speed things up.
Other additions you may like
- M & M's
- Sweetened Shredded Coconut
- Dark Chocolate nibs
- Caramel glaze drizzled over the top
- Sprinkles to match the occasion
These beauties will keep in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to a week. IF they last that long!
Other Great Holiday Treats
- Cinnamon Roll Cookies
- Pecan Brittle
- Easy Microwave Fudge
- Christmas Crunch Snack Mix
- Easy Sausage Balls
- Candied Pecans
- Oven Roasted Pecans
- Red Velvet Cookies
- Shortbread Cookies
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Pecan Log Haystacks
- 3 Priesters Pecan logs cubed
- 16 oz. White chocolate chips
- 3-4 cups Chow mein noodles
- Cube pecan logs into small pieces.
- Heat white chocolate in microwave for 1 minute. Stir
and heat in 30 second intervals until melted.
- Stir in Chow Mein noodles and pecan logs.
- Spoon on parchment lined pan. allow to set.