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Cooking with kids: salty haystacks

When cooking with your kids, you can slip in some history facts without them realizing you are teaching them something they may need to know for the future. Why not share information about the father of the peanut industry, George Washington Carver, while fixing this recipe for salty haystacks with your children?

Peanuts grow in the ground
Peanuts grow in the ground
George Washington Carver invented and/or discovered over 300 uses for the peanut.

Carver began his peanut research in 1903 at the famous Tuskegee Institute. While there he discovered and developed more than 300 uses for peanuts. Carver also convinced Southern farmers that peanuts were a viable cash crop and could also be planted as a rotation crop. Southern agriculture was forever changed due to his influence.

If you are making these in Suffolk, Virginia, you may want to add that Suffolk is the Peanut Capital of the World. My father raised peanuts there for well over 50 years.


  • 1 (12 ounce) package butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 ½ cups chow mein noodles


  1. Melt butterscotch chips in double boiler.
  2. Remove from heat and add in peanuts and noodles.
  3. Drop teaspoonfuls of mixture on wax paper.
  4. Cool and store in airtight container. (Yields 2 dozen)
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