October 31, 2010
In the spirit of the holiday, I took my son to his first Halloween party last night, and brought the creepy spiders along. They turned out to be a success, so much so that my son decided they were too special to eat and befriended them, calling them his "fuzzy buddies". This new friendship was followed by a solemn oath, extracted by him from me, that I would NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, eat them. How quickly he turned on his new buddies however, when the growl of a tiny tummy got the better of him, and ended with each spider loosing a few legs, and a big chomp taking out one poor fellow's head. These little Halloween snacks are easy to make with just a few ingredients, and probably ones you already have in your cabinet.
Ritzy Halloween Spiders
(makes 15 spiders)
30 Ritz crackers
1 cup chocolate chips or candy coating chocolate (like Candiquik)
1 tsp shortening (I used non-hydrogenated coconut oil shortening)
45 pretzel sticks
1 cup peanut butter
30 mini Reece's Pieces
Place chocolate chips and shortening in a small microwavable bowl. Omit the shortening if using candy coating chocolate. Microwave on high in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until chocolate is melted and smooth. Dip one side of 15 of the crackers in the chocolate. Place the cracker, chocolate side up, on wax paper to dry. Break the pretzel sticks in half, and dip the unbroken end of each one in the chocolate. Place on wax paper to dry. Take the 30 mini Reece's Pieces, and using a toothpick place a dot of melted chocolate in the center to make the eyes. Allow to dry. If desired, you can put your dipped item in the freezer to dry more quickly.
When the dipped crackers and pretzels are dry, take one of the 15 remaining undipped crackers, and spread with a generous amount of peanut butter. Take 6 of the dipped pretzel sticks, and place 3 on each side of the cracker, to make the legs. Take one of the dipped crackers, and smear a little more peanut butter on the undipped side, place peanut butter side down on the other cracker to make the spider. Take two of the mini Reece's Pieces eyes, and put a small dot of melted chocolate on the back. Now place the eyes on the chocolate cracker to complete the spider. You may need to adjust the pretzel legs to look right. Return the completed pretzel spiders to the refrigerator or freezer to set.
When ready to eat, remove from refrigerator, serve and enjoy!