MICROWAVE morsels and shortening in large, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70 %) for 1 minute; STIR. The morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15- second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted. Stir in pretzel sticks, almonds and coconut; toss until all ingredients are coated. Drop by level tablespoon onto prepared trays. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Store in tightly covered container.
DOUBLE BOILER METHOD:
COMBINE pretzel sticks, almonds and coconut in large bowl. Place morsels and shortening in top of double boiler over hot (not boiling) water. Do not cover. When most of the morsels are shiny, stir just until melted. (Prevent water from coming in contact with morsels.) Remove from heat. Pour melted morsels over pretzel mixture; toss until all ingredients are coated. Proceed as above.
FOR PEANUT BUTTER CRUNCHY HAYSTACKS:
SUBSTITUTE 3/4 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter for the vegetable shortening. Proceed as above.
• If you do not have on hand or a preference for pretzel sticks, almonds and/or coconut, try using granola, popcorn, toasted rice cereal, pecans, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pistachios and/or crumbled shredded wheat cereal instead.