Ah, ramen. A college student's best friend. But did you know that you can transform your favorite late-night microwave meal into a delicious dorm-friendly dessert recipe? Say hello to chocolate haystacks. 

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This easy, no-bake dessert is based on a simple butterscotch haystacks recipe. The best part is that you can mix-in whatever you like and make it your own! The haystacks above have pretzels and marshmallows. (Find more mix-in suggestions at the end of this article.)

Chocolate Haystacks

  • Prep Time:5 mins
  • Cook Time:15 mins
  • Total Time:20 mins
  • Servings:8
  • Easy


  • 1 12-ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips OR white chocolate chips OR butterscotch chips
  • 2 4-ounce individually wrapped instant ramen packages
  • Your favorite mix-ins
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  • Step 1

    Slightly open each ramen package and remove/discard seasoning packets. Press on the package with your hand repeatedly to crush the noodles until no large clumps are left. Set aside.

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  • Step 2

    Pour chocolate/white chocolate/butterscotch chips into medium-sized microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on MEDIUM-HIGH HEAT (60-70% power) for 1 minute then stir. Continue warming in 15 to 30-second intervals and stirring until fully melted.

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  • Step 3

    Stir desired mix-ins and crushed ramen noodles into melted chocolate. (You can find mix-in suggestions at end of article)

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  • Step 4

    Scoop 2-3 inch wide portions onto a flat baking sheet lined with wax paper or foil.

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  • Step 5

    Refrigerate haystacks for 10-15 minutes, until firm. Then enjoy!
    (Shown below: white chocolate haystacks, some mixed with hazelnut spread and sprinkled with cinnamon)

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More Mix-in Suggestions:

- Nut butters (peanut butter, hazelnut butter, etc.)

- Nuts (peanuts, pecans, etc.)

- Marshmallows

- Pretzels

- Spices (cinnamon, pumpkin spice, sea salt, etc.)

- Anything you can think of --  mix it up! (coconut flakes, crushed peppermint candy, cereal, etc.)

Happy Snacking!