Friday, December 4, 2009

Chocolate Grasshoppers

Now I know what you're thinking.  These aren't real grasshoppers, nope just chocolate.  There really aren't any exact measurements as this is a recipe my mom used to make at Christmas.  It's very simple and can be whipped up really fast.  It doesn't have issues with setting up like fudge, no candy thermometer needed.

Mom's Christmas Grasshoppers

1 1/2 cups semisweet morsels (about 3/4  12 oz.bag)  Again, just make sure your ratio to the butterscotch is slightly more, not an exact science here.
1/2 cup butterscotch morsels
handful of peanuts   *the dry roasted peanuts 
chow mein noodles   (almost the whole can)  You can find these near the Asian foods.

Simply melt about 30-45 seconds at a time the morsels together or use a double boiler.  Just don't overdo it or it will get hard on you.  I do a little and then stir.  Then when it's all melted stir in your peanuts and chow mein noodles, until you don't see them anymore.  You're just looking for coverage here that's all.  I usually end up with a few in the can of noodles let because I just can't stir in anymore.  When you are done using a teaspoon get these onto a cookie sheet and allow them to harden, to speed up the process you can refrigerate them.  Work quickly as they will set up pretty fast.  I use parchment paper because it's less messy and they won't stick.  I have always used Nestle brand chips.  That's what my mom always used, and I think they make excellent cookies too.   Store these in an air tight container or refrigerate.   If you are serving these at a party make sure you bring them to room temperature first as they can become quite hard. 

This is what they look like minus the color, since I used the chocolate chips.  Here's another variation on my recipe.

Have a great weekend,


  1. Those sound pretty tasty ... and fun too! Have a great weekend!

  2. Yummmm. My aunt makes these every Thanksgiving but she calls them haystacks. Now I can make them. Yay! Thank you.