I love Halloween! It is by far my favorite holiday, so in the spirit of all things spooky I wanted to give Christine McConnell’s edible spiders a try. I will say she makes it look so much easier than it is. As I type this, I still can’t feel a few of my fingers but if you have time, patience, and like playing with fire (I do!) definitely give them a try.
I would like to say - insert amazing homemade cake recipe and buttercream frosting recipe here… however, some weeks with a toddler it just doesn’t happen, so it's a box cake and store-bought frosting. I think if I were to do this again, I would make the frosting so the web could be a little thinner, but overall I’m happy with how it came out. It was all about the spooktacular decorations!
What you need:
1 Standard can edible brown spray food coloring (I used gold)
1 Standard bag Werther's Original hard candies
1 standard bag of plain peanuts
1 standard bag of macadamia nut whole
Making the legs:
Now it's time to pour yourself some wine and crank up some Stevie Nicks... Just relax you are going to be here a while. Preheat oven to 325 deg, and place parchment paper on a cookie sheet with 2 Werther’s Original candies. It takes about 4-5 min for the candy to melt enough to mold. So while that magic is happening, I suggest setting up your building station. Wax paper down, food scissors at the ready, and toothpicks out. Once the candy is melted, it’s time to mold the legs (I feel like people who waited tables or are used to working closely with an iron or basically anything that would burn your fingers have the advantage here.) Pull candy out of oven and use toothpick to lift up the middle, then grab the scalding hot candy off the toothpick (see, told ya) and pull straight up, cut and bend so it has a decent leg-like shape. Repeat this step until you have about 20. They shatter like glass and you will need backups.
Putting it together:
This part requires steady hands. Light that candle and put a small amount of caramel on a toothpick, (or keep placing candy back in oven) melt candy on the toothpick and apply to the macadamia nut. Now apply more caramel to the peanut, and while hot mold with macadamia nut, holding for 10 seconds to set. Now take big sip of wine, we’re almost done! To attach the legs, melt caramel on a toothpick again, and add a thin amount to the macadamia nut. Grab one caramel leg and hold one end to the open flame to re-melt very carefully. Add the caramel on the macadamia nut, easy right? Now just repeat until you have a spider. Spray with food coloring once done.