Baking Week: Almond Bark Extravaganza

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Yesterday after spending most of the day running errands and visiting a friend, the kids and I got together for a short but productive goodie party.  In a couple hours’ time we made four different items.  The production of this grouping of goodies went really smoothly, partly because I had good help, but also because it is a nice mix of baked and freezer-set items.  Also, none of the recipes are especially complicated.  My 5 and 7 year old girls made the candied almonds almost entirely by themselves, and two of my 11 year old kids made the bread.

These goodies were quick to make and will be a lot of fun to share!


Almond Bark Haystacks

  • 1  20-ounce package chocolate flavored almond bark
  • 1 12-ounce package dark chocolate chips
  • 2 cups dry chow mein noodles (like these)
  • 4 cups raw almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Melt almond bark and chocolate chips in a double boiler.  (My double boiler was a metal mixing bowl set in a pot containing a couple inches of water.) When chocolate is nearly melted, put almonds and chow mein noodles in the microwave for a minute or two, just long enough to warm them.  Add almonds, noodles and salt to the melted chocolate and mix until all the surfaces are covered with chocolate.  Spread a cookie sheet with wax paper.  Using a spoon, scoop small ‘heaps’ of the chocolate mixture onto the cookie sheet, just as you would with cookie dough.  A couple tablespoons is about right– these goodies are rich!  When the cookie sheet is full of ‘haystacks’, place it in the freezer for half an hour or so, to let the chocolate harden.


  1. That’s some good goody making!
    I’m doing my baking a little at a time! Can’t wait to share it.

  2. Hmmm, baking. That reminds me – I have some bananas ready for banana bread. I’m inspired to work with my 3 and almost 5 year old and let them help. 🙂


  3. Oh My Goodness. I just looked at the Pumpkin Cranberry Bread recipe! I’m so excited to make this for my dairy allergic son. I think it will be a big hit for the whole family.
    Thank You,

  4. I made your candied almonds yesterday substituting vanilla for the water. Absolutely delightful and easy!! Thank you for the recipe!

  5. never thought about making hay stacks this way now I will have to try it thanks for sharing such a great way