Dairy Farmers of Canada

No-Bake Chocolate Haystacks

This recipe is taken from the 2008 Milk Calendar. These are one of the easiest snacks to make with ingredients you likely have on hand. Kids of all ages will love to help make (and eat) these tasty treats.

  • Prep: 10 min - 15 min
  • Cooking: 10 min
Yields 36 treats
no bake chocolate haystacks


  • 1 cup (250 mL) sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Milk
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) butter cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups (500 mL) quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 3 cups (750 mL) corn flakes cereal
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Butter 2 baking sheets or line with parchment paper.

In a deep saucepan, whisk together sugar and cocoa; whisk in milk and corn syrup. Add butter and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often. Boil hard, stirring constantly, for 7 to 10 min or until slightly thickened and syrupy. Stir in chocolate chips until melted. Remove from heat.

When bubbles subside, stir in oats until thoroughly incorporated. Stir in corn flakes until coated. Drop by packed heaping tablespoonfuls (15 mL) into rough stacks on baking sheets. Let cool until firm.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


Cooking Tip: Be sure to use a saucepan that is deep enough for the milk mixture to bubble up. The pan shouldn't be any more than half-full when the milk is added.

For the Adventurous: Add 1 cup (250 mL) chopped dried fruit, chopped toasted nuts or mini candy-coated chocolate pieces with oats.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 58 Calories
Protein: 1 g
Carbohydrate: 9 g
Fat: 2 g
Fibre: 1 g
Sodium: 35 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 1 % / 13 mg
Iron: 4 %
Magnesium: 6 %
Riboflavin: 5 %
Thiamin: 6 %