I can't for the life of me think of how to make it besides using shredded wheat but I'd like to use fondant or gum paste. I made one attempt already and it looks a mess. Any ideas would be so, so appreciated.
Not sure what look you are going for, but I make haystacks out of fondant. Just shape it into a rectangle then scratch lines into the surface with a scribing tool or toothpick. Have examples in my photos.
Thank you! That was simple enough, duh. That was actually the only other way I thought to make it, but I told myself no, I needed a harder way for some reason. Your bails look great and doing it that way will work for what I'm doing, and you cakes are great too!
How abut making them out of chow mien noodles noodles and butterscotch chips?
BUTTERSCOTCH HAYSTACK CANDY
2 (6 oz.) pkg. butterscotch morsels
1 (6 1/2 oz.) can peanuts
1 (5 oz.) can chow mein noodles
Melt morsels over medium heat. Stir in peanuts and noodles. Spoon onto wax paper. Shape into haystacks.
They're really good to eat too!