Elise Strachan, the creator and host of the popular online baking show My Cupcake Addiction, shares her sweetest, spookiest recipes. These chocolaty spiders are like glorious goo-filled Wonderballs — chocolate piñatas with quite the messy surprise. No doubt your kids'll love 'em.
Tip: To personalize your spiders, decorate their backs with colored candy melt accents and sprinkles for "hair." Or change up the color of the black shells to resemble your most feared species.
- 9 ounces black candy melts
- Red sprinkles
- 10 malt balls, like Whoppers
- 10 black licorice wheels
- 1 box (3 ounces) lime Jell-O
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 4 large ice cubes
- 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
Melt the black candy melts using a double-boiler or in 20-second bursts in a microwave and place a teaspoon of melted candy into each of 20 cavities of a cake pop mold (or the cavities of a 1½-inch sphere chocolate mold), spreading up the sides. Refrigerate to set.
Apply an additional teaspoon of candy melts and again spread up the sides to make a double coat. Refrigerate to set.
Spread the sprinkles on a small plate or bowl. Dip each Whopper into the melted candy just enough to create a 1/4-inch-diameter round, then immediately dip into the sprinkles.
Make 8 legs for each spider: Unfurl the licorice wheels and cut each into 3-inch lengths and then cut each of those lengthwise into 1/8-inch-wide "legs." Cut 2 small triangles per spider to make small fangs.
Once set, release the black shells from the cake pop mold, then return them to the mold.
In a heatproof bowl, stir the Jell-O mix and boiling water until dissolved. Add the ice cubes to cool rapidly and then stir in the condensed milk.
Fill the black shells in the cake pop mold with the cooled Jell-O mixture and place in the fridge until completely set.
Remove the filled shells from the mold.
Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Touch the rim of one half of a black shell onto the surface of the pan for 5 seconds. Immediately use the melted edge to stick to the unmelted edge of a second shell.
Repeat until all the shells are spheres full of Jell-O.
Place 1 tablespoon of melted candy onto a piece of parchment paper and center a Jell-O-filled sphere over the candy melts. Immediately place 4 spider legs on each side, evenly spaced and supported by a little rolled tissue or paper towel to keep them upright.
Once set, use a little more melted candy to affix the Whopper to the front of the spider and the fangs to the front of the Whopper.