Adorable Halloween Candy Spiders.
Seriously, though. Are these not just the cutest things ever? They remind me of the little balls of soot in Spirited Away, but they’re edible and delicious little candy spiders! And if they’re not the easiest things in the world to make, then I really don’t know what is.
Here’s what you’re going to need (because it’s not really a recipe as much as it is just constructing a spider):
- Mini Chocolate Halloween Candy (make sure it’s “mini” and not “fun size”. The square shape of the minis is much better for these. And of course the small Reese’s Cups work, too.
- Soft Black Licorice (the other option, if you absolutely hate black licorice, Twizzler’s Pull and Peel works as well. They’re just red, and I like my spiders to have black legs).
- Chocolate Chips or Melting Chocolate. Either one works just fine, but the melting chocolate hardens a bit quicker.
- Candy Googly eyes. They’re always available online and usually at craft stores that sell baking supplies. I got mine at Michael’s.
- A toothpick
To assemble, simply slice the licorice in to smaller pieces to use as legs. The best part about the soft licorice is that you can sort of roll out the slices to make them longer and thinner to your desired size. Make 8 legs for each spider. Lay out the legs fanned out 4 on each side.
Melt about 1 Tbsp of chocolate or chocolate chips in the microwave. Using a toothpick, dab a little bit of melted chocolate onto the ends of your licorice legs that join in the center.
Press the piece of chocolate candy onto the center of the licorice legs. Let them sit about 2 minutes to harden, then turn the candy upside down and add a little more melted chocolate to secure. Allow to harden.
The last step is to turn the candies right-side up and, using dabs of melted chocolate, affix the googly eyes to the tops!
These adorable little spiders are fun to serve on their own on a creepy crawly little platter. Or, you can use them as whimsical decorations on your dessert table, on your Haunted Cookie House, or on your Spooky Graveyard Brownies (coming soon), or to “Halloween up” any fall cake, like this Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spice Cake with Maple Cinnamon Glaze.
Fun Tip: If you find yourself with any longer candies, such as Twix and Kit Kats, cut the licorice into smaller pieces to make about 6 legs on each side. Add 2 more licorice pieces to the top just behind the eyes and now you have little centipedes!