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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scotcheroo spiders

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.

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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 Karoยฎ 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.ย (And by oyster, I mean scotcheroo spider. Obvs.)


Scotcheroo Spiders
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.
Yield: 36 spiders
  • 1 cup Karoยฎ 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
  1. In a large pan, combine the Karoยฎ 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.
  2. 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.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the chocolate chips in 30 second increments, stirring after each one, until thoroughly melted and smooth.
  4. 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.
  5. Frost the top of each spider with the melted chocolate chips. Top with candies for eyes. Cool until chocolate is set, about 1½ hours.
Adapted from Karo Syrup
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 spider


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54 Responses to Scotcheroo Spiders

  1. Sune Moolman says:

    How awesome are these? And they look super delicious!

  2. SQUEE!! So freaking cute girl!! Omg, M&M eyes?!? I die.

  3. Super fun treat! I’d find it hard not to put one M&M on for an eye and then pop another in my mouth….and then repeat. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Well these are the cutest little spiders I’ve ever seen! And who are these people who “don’t like M&Ms” you are acknowledging?!

  5. OMG OMG, these make my eyes SO full of happiness and cuteness that they can hardly stand it.
    Ps. I am glad that you are lying about not being into cute holiday stuff, because then I would facebook de-friend you.
    That’s serious.

  6. oh my gawd, Joanne. These are adorable!! My kids will love this!! Pinned and making these!!

  7. These are soooo damn adorable!! What a fin craft, I could see kids making these!

  8. They are so ADORABLE!
    Have a great weekend, Joanne.

  9. Lori R. says:

    No way can I pass up a peanut butter crispy belly. So cute!

  10. Mira says:

    Beautiful! Such a cute idea for Halloween! Very creative! Pinning!

  11. Pam says:

    My kids would LOVE these!

  12. Sarah says:

    These are so cute! Perfect for a halloween party.

  13. Aawww, these are cute. But on a side note, spiders are STILL terrifying!

  14. Super adorbs! Such a great idea for a party!

  15. These are so cute! I bet my kids would have a blast making these with their younger nephews this year – great idea :).

  16. Tina says:

    Awwww, they are so cute. I wouldn’t slam a shoe down on one of these guys! Perfect halloween treat.

  17. These are so freaking adorable! I would totally be into these and by into these I mean devouring them.

  18. Rachel says:

    These are just too adorable! I will have to make these with Penelope this Halloween ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. I don’t like spiders but somehow you made them look friendly.. and yummy!

  20. grace says:

    scotcheroos are SO tasty and this is a cute way to transform them! bravo. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Susan says:

    I HAVE to make these for my grandsons. They will love them. What an adorable idea, Joanne.

  22. Kate says:

    I love little Halloween treats like these.

  23. Carolyn says:

    Those are ridiculously cute!

  24. I love these! I don’t blame you. I would be with these spiders the entire morning too ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Crazy cute! And I can easily sub in sunflower butter for the PB. Score. I might even share them with the kids. Maybe.

  26. Wow the spiders looks wonderful,wat a fantastic idea

  27. My five year old would be all over this! Plus gives me a reason to play “kid” for a day ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. These really are adorable! My niece has been asking me to make a Halloween treat with her – I bet she’d die for these!

  29. Liz says:

    These are SO cute! I hope I’d have enough scotcheroos left (after taste testing ;)) to make the spiders!

  30. Very cute made with some of my favorite candy.

  31. Monica says:

    So fun and cute, Joanne! I love not-too-spooky Halloween treats. All the better with chocolate and m&ms.

  32. Hotly Spiced says:

    I saw these on Instagram and knew they would be perfect for Halloween. I love how they’re made from peanut butter and crispy cereal – so full of crunch and flavour. These are very cute xx

  33. Such a cute idea, these are so deliciously ‘scary’ ๐Ÿ˜›

    Choc Chip Uru

  34. We cannot buy corn syrup here but this is the brand I have at home which I bought in Australia ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Zainab says:

    Hahha these are too cute ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Kelly says:

    Oh my goodness, these are super fun and cute girl! Love that they’re not too spooky, I’d love to make this with my 3 year old – he would totally have a blast! Pinning ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. OMG too cute! I love Halloween baked treats ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. These are the cutest scariest things ever hahaha! And I bet they are super delish too!

  39. Soooo cute! These are perfect for Halloween. Or you know, just late night snacking, when you’re super stressed out. Not that I’d know anything about that ๐Ÿ˜‰

  40. Caroline says:

    Joanne, these are ADORABLE! Pinning right now!

  41. Krista says:

    How fun are these?! Peanut butter makes even spiders sound appetizing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. These are so cute. I would love to make this for my granddaughter for Halloween.

  43. Reeni says:

    These are the CUTEST! And the only spiders I want anywhere near me!

  44. they are definitely going with me to the neighborhood Halloween Party this year!!!

  45. elly says:

    These are adorable! I think Z and I will need to find some time over the next couple of weekends to make them. He would love it.

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