White Ting A Lings are the perfect 3-ingredient, no-bake treat you’ve been waiting for. Made with crunchy chow mein noodles, sweet vanilla candy coating, and salted peanuts these treats are the perfect combination of sweet and salty.
With just a few basic ingredients these Haystack cookies, or Ting A Lings, as our family likes to call them, come together quickly and easily. Believe me! The hardest part about making this holiday treat is waiting for them to set.
I love to put these out on the holiday dessert table or trade them in a cookie exchange. They are also great for hostess gifts, school parties, or for anyone on your gift-giving list.
These Ting A Lings will keep well for up to a week in the fridge so they are great to make ahead. If you’ve got a long list of to-dos for the holidays, and who doesn’t, then you’ll love being able to cross this one off in advance. Best of all is they are no-bake so no need to worry about oven space.
Ingredients Needed To Make This Recipe for Ting A Lings
Find the complete measurements and instructions at the bottom of this post in the printable recipe card.
- Vanilla Candy Coating or Almond Bark – I used white almond bark, you could also use one 12-ounce package of vanilla candy coating.
- Chow mein noodles – these cooked, dried, crispy noodles are most often found in the Asian food aisle of the grocery store.
- Peanuts – I used salted peanuts in these ting-a-ling cookies, I don’t recommend using seasoned peanuts, just stick with the salted ones. If you don’t have any peanuts on hand and you desperately want to make these treats you can use a different salted nut like almonds, cashews, or pecans.
How to make this Ting A Lings recipe
Line a cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper.
In a 2-quart saucepan, melt candy coating over low heat or melt the almond bark, stirring until smooth. Stir in chow mein noodles and peanuts.
Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the lined cookie sheet and let stand at room temperature until set. Alternatively, you could line your countertop and place the cookies on the counter to set.
Store in an airtight container in a cool place.
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What are chow mein noodles? Chow mein noodles are yellow in color. They are cooked, deep-fried Asian noodles often used in soups or salads. They can usually be found at traditional grocery stores in the Asian food aisle. These crunchy chow mein noodles are made with wheat.
Can I make these Christmas Ting A Lings nut free? If you have someone with a nut allergy attending your festivities you can substitute the peanuts for seeds. You can use salted pumpkin or sunflower seeds instead.
Can I make this Chinese noodle candy gluten-free? To make these Ting-A-Lings gluten-free you can substitute gluten-free pretzel sticks for the noodles. Just make sure the pretzel sticks are cut short. Not more than a few inches long.
Can I use ramen noodles instead of chow mein noodles? I haven’t tried out this recipe with ramen noodles so I am not quite sure how they will taste. If you can’t find chow mein noodles you can use pretzel sticks instead.
Instead of the chow mein noodles, you can use a variety of different cereals; Wheaties, Corn Flakes, or Chex.
Instead of the Vanilla Candy Coating or Almond bark you can use different chocolate chips; white, dark, milk, or even butterscotch or peanut butter chips. These can also be added to the existing recipe or substituted for vanilla candy.
To add some color to these Ting A Lings use an assortment of colored candy melts or make them Christmas-themed and use red and green sprinkles.
Tips & Tricks
- Make sure the chow mein candy is completely set before transferring it to an airtight container for storage. If the chocolate is still wet the Ting A Ling will fall apart.
- You can melt the chocolate in a double boiler on the stove instead of putting the chocolate in a saucepan. This process eliminates the risk of burning melted chocolate. Another option is to place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and melt it in the microwave.
- This Ting A Ling recipe keeps well in the fridge for up to a week or you can freeze them in an airtight container for 3-4 months.
More Holiday Treats to Love
- Candy Cane Puppy Chow (pictured above)
- White Chocolate Strawberry Muddy Buddies
- Lucky Leprechaun Bait
- Mexican Hot Chocolate Chex Mix
- Homemade Moose Much Popcorn
With just 3 ingredients these Ting A Lings are the ideal combination of sweet and salty and make the perfect holiday treat. These little haystack cookies are easily customizable so feel free to change them up and add your own twist. Every family needs a delicacy they can call their own.
- 1 (12 ounce) package vanilla candy coating or almond bark
- 1 ½ cups chow mein noodles
- 1 cup salted peanuts
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a 2 quart saucepan, melt candy coating over low heat and melt the almond bark, stirring until smooth.
- Stir in chow mein noodles and peanuts.
- Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the cookie sheet and let stand until set.
- Store in an airtight container in a cool place.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 43Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 53mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g
Please note that nutrition is not guaranteed accurate.