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Spider Bites–Halloween Week

 

My whole life, I’ve pretty much been a girly girl.

Aside from one random, cruel stint of sprinkling salt on a slug (the closest I’ve ever come to one–I hate them), I steered clear of any bugs besides ladybugs, roly polies, and butterflies.

And… daddy long legs spiders.

I’m not sure where my little infatuation with daddy long legs spiders came from, but I’ve pretty much had it my whole life.

Maybe it was because my own spider-hating mother even said daddy long legs were “good” spiders. “They don’t bite,” she said, “and they catch other bugs in the house. They eat flies and mosquitoes for dinner so they don’t bug you.”

Plus, I was always weirdly fascinated by their teeny tiny bodies and gargantuan long legs. Hence the name, minus the ‘daddy’ part. I really don’t know why they’re called that, and it’s saying something that I love daddy long legs despite my hatred for the word ‘daddy’. It’s just a creepy word to say after you’re 5 years old, okay? Just say ‘dad’.

Anywho, so now, whenever I see daddy long legs, I say hello. In fact, one happened upon into our work bathroom and I named him Randy. Unfortunately, Randy was eaten by a larger daddy long legs whom I named Lil Jon. I get excited when we kill flies because my coworker will feed them to Lil Jon.

Yes, folks, I’m 21 years old and feeding dead flies to a spider named Lil Jon in my work bathroom. I’m surprised I even have a job, much less a coworker that supports my oddities and weird love affair with a spider.

Oh yeah, and in honor of Halloween Week with Dorothy plus my new buddy Lil Jon, I made you some Spider Bites. These little dudes are pretty easy to make and are totally adorable. They’d be fun to make with your little ones for Halloween!!

The bestest part (besides the Oreo cookie center and their cute faces)? Those black licorice strands are cherry flavored. Hallelujah! No black licorice business here.

Spider Bites

1 pkg Oreo cookies, finely crushed to a crumb
1/2 container chocolate icing
1 pkg black candy melts or chocolate candy bark*
1 pkg black licorice candy strands (I found them at Walmart, but I’ve spotted them at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and Target, too)
Candy eyeballs
Red mini M&M’s

1. First, make your spider bodies. In a large bowl, combine the crushed cookie crumbs and the chocolate icing with a spoon or your hands until blended.
2. Roll the mixture into 1″ sized balls and freeze the balls about an hour or so, until solid. While they’re freezing, snip 1/2″ sized pieces of the black licorice for the legs.
3. Prepare the candy melts according to package directions. Dip the truffles into the melted candy and allow excess to drip off with a fork. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and immediately press the black licorice legs into the sides of the truffle (four legs per side). Garnish the truffles with eyes (I did half candy eyeballs, half red M&M’s).
4. Allow the truffles to set in the freezer for about 15 minutes before serving. These would be super cute to give to coworkers or classmates–just wrap in cellophane with some creepy spider rings or spooky eyeball gumballs.
**Note: For this, I used black candy melts; however, I had trouble with them melting properly even after numerous attempts. I’d recommend using chocolate bark (such as Candiquik) and tinting it with a black food coloring made for chocolate. It will make for a smoother finish than my version.**

I love these little guys! Even without having a mouth, their expression says it all.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for more Halloween Week goodness!

xo, Hayley

 

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Comments

  1. Those are charming. You do have fun with decorating. I enjoy your treats. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Ohhh you just totally made me LOL for real……Im the opposite, I can remember being in daycare (a looong time ago) and the playground was full of daddy long legs….the boys would chase the girls and put them down our shirts…..eeeeeks!!

  3. I absolutely HATE spiders and yell for whoever else is with my to kill them….sometimes that includes my fearless 5yr old daughter who loves to save her mommy from the evil spiders. However, daddy long legs have never frightened me….and, coincidentally, I heard that their bite is extremely poisonous, but their mouths are too small to bite a person.

    • Lori, I have heard the same thing which is totally frightening but kinda like “haha” at the spider at the same time. I love me some daddy long legs spiders, but anything else and I’m afraid it’s squooshed.

    • Spyder_Guy says:

      Actually, Daddy Long legs aren’t true spiders. They do not have venom, they do not have fangs, and they could not bite you if they were three feet tall. They are more closely related to crabs than spiders. The story you heard is a myth.

  4. How cute!!!

  5. hey i like the name of these cuties, spider bites-ha! i’ve always liked daddy long leg spiders too. they’re the only spiders i pick up and put outside :)

  6. So cute!! But the red eye ones freak me out!! SCARY!!

  7. These are adorable…and I HATE spiders. I love that the legs are cherry flavored. Black licorice…um…retch. ;)

  8. OMG, I love these! How creative!

  9. My mom would tell me the exact same thing about daddy long legs. I found myself telling the same tale to my kids. We are all fascinated by daddy long legs. I love watching them walk with their wispy legs! You are on a roll with the Halloween treats!!! I have loved them all! I like that these are made with the best cookie ever: Oreos! I like the eyes!

  10. These are super cute–Doodle is TOTALLY into spiders right now (EEK!) so these are right up his alley. Yeah, he doesn’t get it from me. I’m a total arachnophobic. I think my mom still has the freak-out email I sent her when I was living away from home in college after I discovered a daddy longleg in my apartment shower. I think she passed it around her work so everyone could get a big chuckle out of it. =)

  11. bakerbynature says:

    I’m freaked out by ALL spiders… but I could make an exception for these little spider bites: YUM!

  12. Awww this is my favorite one yet!!! Love it!!

  13. I didn’t think i would ever say this but what scrumptious looking spiders!

  14. These are adorable. However, I happen to LOVE LOVE LOVE black licorice (you thought I was going to spiders, didn’t you). Can’t stand spiders, even daddy long legs creep me out!

  15. okay – so I never thought I would say a spider was cute (well maybe Charlotte) but other than that Spiders = YUCK Yours however are adorable – and I will be making these this weekend! Thank you:)

  16. I can relate to the arachnophobia, I scream, my girls scream and my husband comes running to see if we are alright. Can’t wait to make these and see how my little ones react to a spider they can eat!

  17. ohsweetbasil says:

    I can relate to the arachnophobia, I scream then my girls scream, my husband comes running to see if we are alright. Can’t wait to see what my girls think of a delicious edible spider!

  18. These are nothing short of brilliant! I LOVE IT!!

  19. How did I miss this earlier?! Love that last photo, he’s kind of adorable :)
    Cherry black licorice? Nice!

  20. Well, I am in the minority here…I happen to like black licorice, so I was actually disappointed when I tasted the licorice:-) And spiders…I can do without seeing their hairy legs in my house! Although I have to say, these are the cutest little guys ever!!! They are welcome to visit me this Halloween!!!

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