These spidery clusters get their creepy appeal from gleaming red candy eyes. If you have time before the chocolate sets up, pull a few chow mein noodle “legs” upward from each cluster to wave around.
Chocolate Spider ClustersPrint Recipe
- 1 (6-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips (1 cup)
- 2 cups chow mein noodles
- 1/4 cup Red Hots or red mini M&Ms
Line 2 baking sheets with wax paper or parchment.
Put the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, and melt the chocolate in the microwave: Heat on high for 60 seconds, and then stir well. If it’s not quite smooth, continue to heat in two or three 10-second bursts, stirring well after each burst (Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate, stirring frequently, in a double boiler; over just-simmering water. Avoid overheating, which can cause chocolate to seize up into a stiff mass.)
Stir the chow mein noodles into the melted chocolate and drop the mixture by tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets, Press 2 red candies onto one edge of each cluster to make eyes and lift a few chow mein legs up to give a spidery impression, Refrigerate to cool and harden, about 20 minutes, and serve chilled. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Excerpted from Ghoulish Goodies by Sharon Bowers (Storey Publishing). Copyright © 2009. Photographs by Kevin Kennefick.