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White Chocolate Haystacks Recipe

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White Chocolate Haystacks

Just three ingredients are needed to make these White Chocolate Haystacks; white chocolate, peanuts and pretzels. White chocolate has such a sweet and subtle flavor that complements the saltiness of the peanuts and pretzels. Perfect for gift giving.

White Chocolate has always been the mysterious chocolate, treated differently because according to the FDA, 'officially' it is not chocolate at all. That is because 'chocolate' must be made of cocoa fat (cocoa butter) and nonfat dry cocoa solids, an ingredient that is not found in white chocolate. So here we are, everyone thinks its chocolate, calls it chocolate, but its really isn't chocolate, its really "white confectionery coating". The one thing we must do is to choose our white chocolate carefully, making sure that the label states that it contains cocoa butter, sugar, milk solids, vanilla, and lecithin. White chocolate needs cocoa butter as this is what gives it that sweet yet mellow flavor and smooth and creamy texture. Inferior brands use vegetable fat as its substitute and their flavor is very sweet and artificial tasting. Another tell tailed sign its not good white chocolate is its color. White chocolate containing cocoa butter is pale yellow to ivory colored, whereas white chocolate containing vegetable fat is pure white in color.

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White Chocolate Haystacks: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Melt the white chocolate in a stainless steel bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring until smooth and creamy. (Watch carefully as white chocolate burns easily.)

Remove from heat and add the nuts and pretzels, stirring until well coated. Spoon the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. (If you find that the white chocolate mixture is too runny to form into haystacks, place in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.)

Store the haystacks in an airtight container. They can be refrigerated for several weeks.

Preparation time 25 minutes.

Adapted From:

Sorosky, Marlene. Season's Greetings. Chronicle Books. San Francisco: 1997. 

White Chocolate Haystacks:

12 ounces (340 grams) good quality white chocolate, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup (75 grams) roasted peanuts

1 1/2 cups thin pretzel sticks, broken into 1 1/2 inch pieces

 

 

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