Friday, December 14, 2012

Noodle Clusters {12 Days of Christmas Treats}

Christmas Treats Title

These Noodle Cluster thingies are my husband's favorite Christmas treat.  Honestly, I'd never had them until I met him and was introduced to his family.  HE claims it just isn't Christmas without them and since his Mom gave me the recipe I figured I better make him some.

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I did make some alterations to her recipe.  No way was I melting the chips over the stove.  Just.  No.  That's what microwaves are for.  It also called for peanuts.  Hmm, how about some peanut butter instead?  Yum, peanut butter!  I guess if you really like biting into nuts you could use chunky peanut butter instead or add in some chopped peanuts.

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I have found out that these are also called Haystacks in some circles.  I just find it weird that something that is usually a Chop Suey topping can be transformed into something so sweet and delicious.  Who comes up with these things?

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Noodle Clusters are really easy to make.  In a medium sized microwave safe bowl combine all your ingredients. Microwave on 50% power 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until all melty and smooth.

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Add in the chow mein noodles and stir to combine.

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Drop spoonfuls to cool and harden onto waxed paper.  Then eat till your stuffed!  Or you could share them.  I guess.

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Noodle Cluster
adapted from a recipe given to me by Peter's Mom

12 oz chcolate chips
12 oz butterscotch chips
6 oz Chow Mein noodles
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

In microwave safe bowl, combine ingredients.  Melt in microwave at 50% power 1-2 minutes stirring at 30 second intervals until ingredients are melted and smooth.  Add noodles, stirring to coat evenly. Drop by tablespoonful onto wax paper to harden.  Store in airtight container. 

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