Chocolate Coconut Haystacks, a delightful no-bake treat that combines the rich, velvety allure of chocolate with the exotic crunch of toasted coconut. This simple recipe, requiring minimal ingredients and effort, yields a sweet that’s both irresistible and elegant. Perfect for busy days, these haystacks offer a gourmet experience without the hassle of traditional baking.

I love to bake! But sometimes it is nice to have a quick and simple no-bake recipe. Chocolate Coconut Haystacks are a personal favorite – a recipe that brings together the comfort of chocolate with the tropical taste of coconut.

Chocolate Coconut Haystacks with toasted coconut flakes, a serving bowl and spoon

The Chemistry of Chocolate Coconut Haystacks

The beauty of these lies in their simplicity and the chemistry of their few ingredients. Compound chocolate, a mixture containing cocoa, sweeteners, and vegetable fat, is designed to melt and set without tempering, making it ideal for no-bake recipes. The process of melting the chocolate slowly is crucial – it prevents the chocolate from seizing or burning. Toasting the coconut transforms its flavor through the Maillard reaction, enhancing its nutty aroma and adding a delightful crunch, creating a perfect contrast to the smooth chocolate.

Why use compound chocolate for no-bake recipes?

Compound chocolate melts smoothly and sets without tempering, making it ideal for quick and easy no-bake treats.

Can you substitute different types of chocolate?

Yes, you can use other types of chocolate, like dark or milk chocolate, but they may require tempering for a smooth finish.

Chocolate Coconut Haystacks with toasted coconut flakes, a serving bowl and spoon

Best way to store Chocolate Coconut Haystacks?

Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week or refrigerate for longer shelf life.

Can you add other ingredients to these?

Absolutely! Feel free to experiment by adding nuts, dried fruits, or even a sprinkle of sea salt for a flavor twist.

What is in Chocolate Coconut Haystacks?

Compound Chocolate

A convenient option for no-bake recipes, melting smoothly and setting easily.

Toasted Coconut

Adds a tropical crunch and nutty flavor, enhancing the overall taste of the haystacks

Storage Tips

Store in an airtight container for up to a week for optimal freshness. They can be refrigerated for up to two weeks. You can freeze them for up to a month. Thaw at room temperature before enjoying.

Making Ahead

Chocolate Coconut Haystacks are perfect for making ahead, as they require no baking and have a great shelf life. Prepare a batch in advance for parties, holidays, or as a convenient treat to have on hand.

Chocolate Coconut Haystacks with toasted coconut flakes, a serving bowl and spoon

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Why make chocolate coconut haystacks?

These are ideal for various occasions – as a quick party treat, a delightful addition to holiday dessert tables, or simply when you’re in the mood for a sweet, tropical inspired snack.

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Chocolate Coconut Haystacks

Author: Madison Reid
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 36
This is a simple no-bake candy recipe that makes an irresistible treat

Ingredients 

  • 4 cups compound chocolate
  • 3 cups toasted coconut

Instructions

  • In a microwave safe bowl, melt the compound chocolate. You want to do this slowly, 30 seconds at a time, stirring thoroughly in between each heating. The bowl retains some heat and will continue melting the chocolate as you stir. You want to be very careful to not burn your chocolate.
  • Most grocery stores do not carry toasted coconut, so buy sweetened coconut & toast it yourself
  • To toast the coconut, pour the coconut onto a large skillet or fry pan. Turn the stove top onto medium heat and stir occasionally. The coconut will become golden and toasted. Once toasted to your desire, remove.
  • Slowly pour in about a cup of the toasted coconut into the melted chocolate at a time. Stir to combine. Repeat until all the coconut is added.
  • You can pour the chocolate into molds or you can spoon little puddles onto a parchment paper.
  • Allow to fully set before removing. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 145kcal Carbohydrates: 13g Protein: 1g Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 8g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Sodium: 6mg Potassium: 95mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 11g Vitamin C: 0.1mg Calcium: 7mg Iron: 1mg

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Chocolate Coconut Haystacks with toasted coconut flakes, a serving bowl and spoon