I'm a big fan of Halloween, in part because it's the one holiday where decorating chocolate treats with fake bugs is socially acceptable. (Just try making gummy worm brownies for Thanksgiving and you'll see what I mean.)
This Halloween, all of my treats are based on one of my favorite bugs: the spider. I've liked spiders ever since reading Charlotte's Web, and even more so after making these Rice Krispies spider treats for my cousin Carly's first grade class.
The Rice Krispies give the spider treats a nice crunch (a must for Halloween) and the black licorice legs can be savored eight times over—but the best part is that anyone in elementary school can help make and decorate these easy chocolate arthropods. If you're still looking for a recipe to bake for a classroom or party this week, check these out.
Rice Krispie Spider Treats
Adapted from Kellogg's.
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 4 cups mini marshmallows
- 6 cups chocolate Rice Krispies
- Microwavable melted chocolate
- Black licorice rope
Melt the butter over low heat in a large saucepan.
Add the marshmallows making sure to constantly stir.
Add the Rice Krispies to the mixture, continuing to stir the mixture. When everything is coated, remove the pan from heat and allow the mixture to cool.
Prepare the microwavable melted chocolate according to the instructions on the package.
Place a little bit of butter on your hands and separate the Rice Krispies/marshmallow mixture into 10 portions. Shape them into tiny balls.
Cut the black licorice into tiny legs and insert 8 of them into each of the balls. (Poke them between the Rice Krispies.)
Use a slotted spoon to dip the balls into the melted chocolate. Allow to cool on a sheet of wax paper.
Insert M&Ms or other tiny candy as eyes.
Optional: Add coconut or sprinkles to make hairy spiders.
Note: The spiders will store for two days in an airtight container. Enjoy!