Looking for a cute, easy to make treat for your Halloween party table? Look no further, because you just found it, and a WHOLE lot more!! I made this for the 2019 #Choctoberfest event, and there will be hundreds of recipes for you to browse through all made of chocolate! So, be sure to check it out along with the Giveaway!! Don’t forget to enter that, too! And have a Happy Halloween, everyone!
*#Choctoberfest 2019 is a sponsored event, but any and all opinions of any of the products are solely my own.
BOO!! And welcome to #Choctoberfest 2019! If you’re a chocolate lover too, boy did you just land on the sweet spot! Over 70 bloggers have all gotten together again for another spooktacular year of creating over 200 recipes for you to make end enjoy!
This devilishly sweet and delicious event has been brought to you by Alison and the Triple Chocolate Kitchen team, and includes a fantastic Prize Package Giveaway that you can enter to win!! (*Enter at bottom of post.)
#Choctoberfest is an annual recipe-sharing event. I’m joining other food bloggers from around the world to create delicious chocolate recipes! This year, over 70 bloggers are joining together for a week full of chocolate cakes, pies, cookies, puddings, tarts, candies, and more. You can follow along by searching for the hashtag #Choctoberfest on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. Or, simply follow any of the participating bloggers listed below.
We also have some awesome sponsors, who make #Choctoberfest possible every year. Our sponsors have banded together to put together a delicious prize pack worth over $400! Here’s what you get if you win! (Scroll down to enter.)
- Candy Gift Pack from blog host Triple Chocolate Kitchen, which includes 180-pack of Lindt LINDOR Chocolate Truffles (dark, milk, and white). Triple Chocolate Kitchen organizes #Choctoberfest, as well as posting chocolate recipes throughout the year.
- Chocolate and Cocoa Gift Pack from Divine Chocolate, which includes a variety of high-quality fair trade chocolate bars, cocoa powder, and Divine Chocolate swag. Divine Chocolate’s baking line consists of three premium quality flavors ranging from 55% to 100% cocoa for a wide variety of delicious desserts. Their chocolate products are made with 100% cocoa butter and are non-GMO and Vegan Society Certified.
- $100 Nordic Ware Gift Card and 40 Pounds of Granulated Sugar from Imperial Sugar. They are currently hosting their annual Scary Scramble, featuring delicious fall-inspired recipes using Imperial Sugar’s high-quality sweeteners. Imperial Sugar has been a kitchen staple for over 175 years!
- Collagen Fuel™ Drink Mix Gift Pack from Primal Kitchen. The ingredients in these drink mixes help support hair, skin, and nails. Their chocolate version has organic, fair-trade cocoa and coconut milk powders, with no wheat, soy, or dairy ingredients.
- Cracker Gift Pack from Mary’s Gone Crackers. The lucky winner will get to try a variety of crackers, many of which pair well with chocolate (check their recipe page for ideas!). Mary’s products are vegan, cruelty-free, and organic.
- Fig Spread Gift Pack from Dalmatia Spreads. With flavors like sour cherry, plum, blackberry, and orange, you’ll find that several of Dalmatia’s fig-based spreads work well in chocolate recipes. Use as a filling for crépes, serve warm over ice cream, or spread onto toast. They even have a fig cocoa spread that uses fair trade cocoa.
- Alkaline Water Pack from Perfect Hydration. Wash down all those delicious chocolate desserts with Perfect Hydration water. This 9.5+ pH alkaline water helps to effectively restore and rebalance the body to optimum pH levels. This water goes through a 9-stage filtration process, has no added sodium, chlorine, or fluoride, and is packaged in recyclable BPA-free bottles.
- Kitchen Conversions Chart and Etsy Gift Card from Moonflower Mountain. Winner chooses the colors for this flower-adorned conversion chart, which makes it easy to double any recipe or convert from cups to tablespoons.
This is a prize pack worth over $400! Open worldwide, except where prohibited. Must be 18+ to enter (21+ in some locations). One lucky winner will be drawn randomly on October 20, 2019 and contacted via email. See terms and conditions for more details. *Enter at bottom of post.
So, are you ready to make these adorable Halloween Haystack treats?
These salty-sweet treats actually more resemble old-fashioned, tied corn stalks rather than haystacks, but since everyone knows the candy-coated treat as “haystacks”, I decided to go with that so that everyone could find the recipe easier! No matter what you decide to call them, I’ll just simply call them DELICIOUS!
These place setting name tags are super simple to make! You just melt *quality* white chocolate chips and peanut butter in the microwave, stir it together until creamy, then fold in the potato chip sticks. Mound up piles of the mixture onto parchment or waxed paper-lined baking sheets, and wrap a little shoestring licorice around for the “tie”.
(*I used white chocolate Ghirardelli chips for this, as I’ve had a lot of trouble with other brands lately. They just don’t want to melt right anymore, and don’t taste very good to boot!)
While these are chilling, tint some coconut green for the grass. When the haystacks have fully hardened, frost the tops of sugar cookies with chocolate frosting and sprinkle with coconut “grass”.
Smear a dab of frosting onto the bottoms of the haystacks, and lightly press onto cookie. Do the same with the candy pumpkins.
Then simply cut out bat shapes from black construction paper, and add names and eyes using colored chalk or light-colored craft markers.
Then nestle the bat name tags into the tops of the haystacks!
*If they don’t want to stay, you can add a dab of frosting to the bottom on the back to help them stick, or before chilling and hardening, you can tape a toothpick to the back and insert it into the top that way. (*I wouldn’t recommend using toothpicks if making these for a children’s party, though.)
And there you have it!
The only thing to know ahead of time, is that the haystacks are pretty messy to make! (Your fingers will be finger licking good, though! Ha!) Just take your time adding to them, building them up, to make them tall. It takes a little patience, but it’s by no means difficult to do at all.
And remember, they don’t have to be perfect! They taste so good that no one will really care what they look like! (A few of mine more resembled the BLOB than corn stalks or haystacks!)
Now, I made all bats, but you could also make crescent moon shapes and ghosts, too, if you want to have extra fun and vary them!
We also had a very difficult time finding the shoestring licorice! It appears that they don’t make very much of it anymore. But we found a small bag of it at our local candy store, if that helps you to find some, too!
But don’t worry, these really are so simple to make, take very few ingredients, and are just so darned cute that they’re worth the little bit of effort it takes to make them!
And the smiles that they receive? Yep. Priceless.
So, if you’re having a Halloween party, no matter the age group, I’m sure these cute little Halloween Harvest Haystack Name Tag Place Settings will be a nice touch for your holiday table!
Have a devilishly fun and happy Halloween!
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And be sure to pop over to
Imperial® Sugar’s daily Scary Scramble Contest
where you can win even more prizes!
Many thanks to Allison and all of the elves that work so hard every year to put on this incredible event! And many thanks to the wonderful sponsors that donate such fantastic prizes, and to those who provide us bloggers with product to work with! So much appreciated, everyone!
Make sure you check out the participating bloggers to see #Choctoberfest recipes throughout the week:
Triple Chocolate Kitchen • 2 Cookin Mamas • A Day in the Life on the Farm • A Labour of Life • A Little Fish in the Kitchen • A Southern Fairytale • Amy’s Cooking Adventures • An Affair from the Heart • Bottom Left of the Mitten • Broken Teepee • Bunsen Burner Bakery • Champagne and Coconuts • Cindy’s Recipes and Writings • Cook with Renu • Cook’s Hideout • Cookaholic Wife • Crafty Cooking Mama • Daily Dish Recipes • Dixie Chik Cooks • Everyday Eileen • Fairyburger • First Timer Cook • Fix Me a Little Lunch • Frugal & Fit • Fun Happy Home • Get the Good Stuff! • Glenda Embree • Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks • How Was Your Day? • I Can Cook That • Join Us, Pull up a Chair • Karen’s Kitchen Stories • Kate’s Recipe Box • Kelly Lynn’s Sweets and Treats • Life & Medicine Blog • Life on Food • Long Distance Baking • Lynchburg Mama • Makes, Bakes and Decor • Making Miracles • Mama Needs Cake • Memories In The Kitchen • Our Good Life • Our Sutton Place • Palatable Pastime • Queenslee Appétit • Reviewz & Newz • Sarah Cooks the Books • Sarah’s Bake Studio • Seduction In The Kitchen • Shockingly Delicious • Simple Family Crazy Life • Simply Inspired Meals • Sneha’s Recipe • Style Island • Sumptuous Spoonfuls • Sweet Coralice • Sweet Dash of Sass • Take Two Tapas • That Recipe • The Awesome Muse • The Beard and The Baker • The Delicious Spoon • The Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine • The Freshman Cook • The Redhead Baker • The Schizo Chef • The Spiffy Cookie • The Urben Life • Trampling Rose • Turnips 2 Tangerines • Who Needs A Cape? • Wildflour’s Cottage Kitchen • Zesty South Indian Kitchen
Today’s recipes from bloggers around the world!
- 1 1/2 cups (11 oz. bag) QUALITY* white chocolate chips, I used Ghirardelli
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter, I used Peter Pan
- 4 1/2 - 5 cups shoestring potato chips, I used Utz
- 1 bag mellowcreme candy pumpkins
- 1 bag black shoestring licorice, or regular-sized sliced into very thin strips
- sugar cookies, homemade or purchased
- chocolate frosting
- shredded sweetened coconut
- green food coloring
For Place Setting Nametags:
- cut bat shapes from black construction paper
- colored or white chalk, or light-colored craft markers, to write names
- tape and toothpicks, optional
In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the white chocolate chips and the peanut butter in the microwave on medium heat for about 2 minutes, stirring after a minute, until melted and creamy. Do not overheat! Chocolate can scorch. Stir well again after second minute, until mixture is creamy and completely combined.
Add the shoestring potato chips, and gently fold in until completely coated.
Drop mixture by tablespoonfuls making tall mounds onto wax-paper lined baking sheet, and shape into tall haystacks.
Wrap a little licorice around top third of haystack for a tie.
Pop into refrigerator until chilled and firm.
Meanwhile, add one cup or so of coconut and 5 - 6 drops green food coloring into a small baggie, close, and shake until coconut is tinted green. Add more coloring if needed and shake again.
When haystacks have hardened, frost tops of cookies with chocolate frosting, sprinkle tops with tinted coconut "grass", add a little frosting to bottoms of haystacks and pumpkins, and gently stick on top. Tuck finished bat-shaped name tags onto tops of haystacks. (*If they won't stay nestled between the candied potato stick spikes, add a dab of frosting to the back to help them stick.) Alternatively, you can tape toothpicks to the backs, and insert them into the tops before chilling. (But they may be difficult to remove when kids go to eat them.)
Keep chilled until needed. Store any extras in an airtight container in the fridge.
Tips: Regular ol' white chocolate chips don't seem to want to melt well anymore, so be sure to purchase QUALITY chips to make this work and have no trouble. (Nestle is not recommended.)
Trace around cookie on parchment or waxed paper to know what size to make haystacks (with pumpkins), so that they aren't too big. Just draw around one, then make the rest approximately the same size and you'll be fine.