Butterscotch Haystacks

Making homemade Christmas candy is a tradition at our house.  Each of my kids get to choose one candy to make with me.  We have to make a double batch of these butterscotch haystacks, even though it makes a big batch.


They’re a hit not only among our family, but with all our friends and neighbors too.  They only take 3 ingredients.  They are also no-bake which is awesome given the amount of holiday baking we do around here.  It’s nice to have something so yummy that is also so incredibly fast to make.

Here’s what you need:



3 bags butterscotch chips

1 small can shoestring potatoes

1 can cocktail peanuts (about 2 cups)

The exact amounts of the ingredients aren’t really important, so don’t worry about that.  Oh, and the picture shows enough ingredients for several batches.

And here’s what you do:


Put the butterscotch chips in a microwave-safe bowl.


Microwave them on high, one minute at a time.

Butterscotch-haystacks-microwaving-the-chipsIn between each minute stir them well.  Keep going until they are all melted and smooth when you stir, but don’t overcook them.


Only cook it one minute at a time, and do plenty of stirring to help them melt.  All microwaves are very different, but in mine it takes about 2 – 3 minutes.


Once the chips are melted, stir in the peanuts and shoestring potatoes.


Everybody gets in on the cooking at our house, especially when it’s candy on the menu.


Set out waxed paper on top of cookie sheets. Using a spoon, put spoonfuls of the butterscotch mixture on to the waxed paper.


Keep them small enough to be bite-sized.  We put our waxed paper straight on to the table because it’s chilly enough in our house for them to set up without going in the fridge.


Now just let them set up until they harden again. You can put the cookie sheets in the fridge to expedite it, or just let them sit out for a bit longer.


These are sweet goodness.  The only thing better than the butterscotch flavor is the perfect amount of crunch you get when you bite into one.  So yummy.  It doesn’t feel like Christmas to me until we’ve made our homemade candies together.  I’ve loved these since my mom made them when I was a kid, and I love them still.  Hope you love them too.

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