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Candy Spiders

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Candy Spiders
(c) 2013 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Candy Spiders are a fun, easy Halloween recipe. Marshmallows, rice cereal, and chocolate form delicious spiders that kids and adults will love to gobble! Black string licorice is best for the spider’s legs, but if you can’t find the string type, regular black licorice works fine.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 24 Candy Spiders

Ingredients:

  • 1-3/4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1-1/3 cups (8 ounces) chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup crisped rice cereal
  • 8 wheels black string licorice
  • 1/2 cup miniature candies, like red hots or mini M&Ms

Preparation:

1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil.

2. Unroll the wheels of black string licorice and cut it into segments about 1.5-inches long. If you have regular black licorice, cut it into quarters lengthwise, then cut the long strips into small 1.5-inch segments.

3. Arrange the black licorice segments in groups of 8 on the baking sheet, forming a starburst pattern to represent the spider’s legs. The body will cover the center portion of the starburst, so don’t worry about exact placement.

4. Place the chocolate chips in a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave them until melted, stirring after every minute to prevent overheating.

5. Add the marshmallows and the crisped rice cereal to the chocolate, and stir until the candy is well-mixed.

6. Using a teaspoon, drop small clumps of the candy onto the prepared leg clusters, making sure that the spider’s body is centered in the middle of the legs.

7. While the chocolate is still wet, add two small candies to represent the spider’s eyes.

8. Place the tray of spiders in the refrigerator to set the chocolate, about 30 minutes. Serve at room temperature, and store the spiders in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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