I’m going to make a conscious effort this year to give you some Halloween-themed posts! To start it off I’m going to share my mum’s recipe for chocolate spiders. My sister and I loved these as kids and if tomorrow mum called and said she made these, we’d probably rush over there in two seconds.
It’s true, mums make the best foods.
The great thing is you really need three ingredients: fried noodles, chocolate and peanut butter. For extra fun, I bought mini marshmallows to make lil eyes. For extra easiness, I’m microwaving my chocolate instead of double boiling because it is hot as hell here and I want to use the already-softened chocolate chips to my advantage.
It’s so easy to microwave chocolate. All you have to remember is to make sure no water comes into contact with the chocolate at any point (no liking spoons!..Yet) and to do 10-15 second increments, depending on the room temperature, your microwave settings, the bowl you use and the type of chocolate you use.
Using a glass bowl, I put a little test batch in just in case I really screw things up. Within about 20 seconds my batch was ready, so adding the rest of the 200g bag and popping it in for a further 20 seconds my mix was all ready. The warmed-up glass bowl, as well as the already-melted test batch, made it easy for the new chips to melt.
Next, I put my start spooning peanut butter in and give it a mix. Peanut butter is great because it just needs to be warmed a little for it to start melting but when cool it acts as a binder, which is what we need for our spiders to form.
I like using smooth PB because I just like it more, but you can really use any you like, as long as it’s mixed thoroughly if you’re using a more natural PB.
You want to have enough peanut butter to bring the salty flavour (and like we just said, to form the spiders) so for mine, I started with one tablespoon but ended up added two more tablespoons.
If you’re working in a colder climate and your mix starts to stiffen, just pop it back in the microwave for about 10 seconds.
Now that we have our mix, it’s time to crush some fried noodles in and coat them. Noodles that are fried have the crunch, and it’s all about that crunch, baby. Of course the Chang’s fried noodles my mum always uses was sold out, so I had to substitute it for the noodles I actually like eating. They’re not so different from other 2-minute noodles, but I still tried.
You want to make sure you’re using enough your new mix is starting to take shape in the bowl. If the chocolate is too warm won’t coat the noodles enough and will make puddles as you spoon them onto the tray.
Next, you scoop them out onto baking paper. Once you’re happy with how they’re forming, pop some eyes on them if you want them to let them cool in the fridge on some aluminium foil. A trick is to have the tray prepared with the alfoil and in the friend to cool before you do anything… I should have put this at the start, but you’re probably not even reading this and going straight down to the recipe, so who cares!
That’s it! You got the only good spiders ever- and you can eat them!.. Okay, that’s not really a selling point, but you do have delicious, sweet, salty and crunchy treats you can share or pretend you never made so they’re all for you.
- Milk chocolate chips
- Peanut butter
- Fried noodles
- Mini marshmallows (optional)
- Line a tray with aluminium foil and pop in the fridge.
- Crush up noodles and set aside.
- Put chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl, preferably glass.
- Heat in 10-15 second increments, poking chips until they’re soft and easy to mix.
- Take out and mix into a smooth and warm consistency.
- Spoon in peanut butter desired amount and mix until incorporated.
- Start sprinkling in noodles and mix in until noodles are coated.
- Grab tray out of fridge and spoon balls onto tray. Add marshmallow eyes.
- Return tray to fridge and leave to set.