Spiders aren’t scary when they’re chocolate peanut butter flavored! These scotcheroo spiders are a fun Halloween treat that will give smiles instead of scares.
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That time I spent an entire morning whispering sweet nothings to a clan of spiders on my kitchen table.
Someone should probably take my temperature.
In my defense, they had M&M’s for eyes, peanut butter krispies for bellies, chocolate for hair, and licorice for legs.
It was basically impossible for me not to.
I’m not normally into cutesy holiday things (<–LIES) but who could resist arachnids that you want to HUG.
And eat. Let’s not forget about the eating.
I think what I love most about these is how fun and creative you can get with them. Since they’re no-bake, they come together super quickly, with the only really cook time being the five or so minutes it takes to melt sugar and Karo® Corn Syrup together and stir in the peanut butter and cereal. After that, they are pretty much a blank canvas that can be decorated however you (or your kiddos!) see fit.
Don’t like M&M’s? Use Skittles, candy corn, or gumdrops for eyes.
Mix up the flavor of licorice legs that you use to keep things interesting.
Give the spiders a new hair do with a smear of white chocolate instead of dark.
The world is your oyster. (And by oyster, I mean scotcheroo spider. Obvs.)
- 1 cup Karo® Light Corn Syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
- 6 cups crispy rice cereal
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- string licorice
- small candy-coated chocolates for eyes
- In a large pan, combine the Karo® corn syrup and the sugar over medium heat. Stirring constantly, heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in the peanut butter until thoroughly combined. Stir in the cereal and mix until combined. Let cool for 5 minutes.
- Coat hands with cooking spray or vegetable oil. Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls and place on parchment paper. Let cool for 30 minutes.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the chocolate chips in 30 second increments, stirring after each one, until thoroughly melted and smooth.
- Use a wooden skewer to make holes for legs on each side of the ball. Cut the licorice into 1½-inch lengths. Dip one end in the chocolate and then stick it into one of the holes.
- Frost the top of each spider with the melted chocolate chips. Top with candies for eyes. Cool until chocolate is set, about 1½ hours.