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Tarantula Treats Recipe
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Tarantula Treats Recipe

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We host a Halloween party every year where guests are treated to "terrifying" edible tarantulas. In only a few minutes, you can have perfectly spooky treats for a crowd. —Charles Insler, Silver Spring, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min.
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min.
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 6 cups Cocoa Krispies
  • 1 package (10 ounces) large marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Black shoestring licorice
  • Black decorating gel
  • Candy corn


  1. Place Cocoa Krispies in a large bowl. In a large saucepan, combine marshmallows and butter. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until melted. Pour over Cocoa Krispies; mix well. Cool slightly.
  2. With greased hands, shape 1/4 cupfuls into 20 balls and tablespoonfuls into 20 balls. Attach two different-sized balls to make spider bodies.
  3. With a bamboo skewer or toothpick, poke four holes on each side of spider bodies for inserting legs. Cut licorice into 2-inch pieces; insert into each hole. Draw eyes on head with gel. Cut white portion of candy corn for fangs; attach with gel. Serve the same day for best texture or store in airtight containers. Yield: 20 servings.
Originally published as Tarantula Treats in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2014, p2-05

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