Candy Spiders

Candy spiders recipe

The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Servings: 20 servings

Turn marshmallows, rice cereal, and chocolate into spooky-delicious spiders that kids and adults will gobble right up on Halloween night. Black string licorice is best for the spider’s legs, but if you can’t find the string type, regular black licorice works fine.


  • 8 wheels black string licorice
  • 1 1/3 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 3/4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup crisped rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup miniature candies (like red hots or mini M&Ms)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for candy spiders
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  2. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil.

    Prepare a baking sheet
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  3. Unroll the wheels of black string licorice and cut it into segments about 1 1/2-inch long. If you have regular black licorice, cut it into quarters lengthwise, then cut the long strips into small 1 1/2-inch segments.

    Unroll licorice
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  4. Arrange the black licorice segments in groups of 8 on the baking sheet, forming a starburst pattern to represent the spider’s legs. The body will cover the center portion of the starburst, so don’t worry about exact placement.

    Arrange into spiders
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  5. Place the chocolate chips in a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave them until melted, stirring after every minute to prevent overheating.

    Place chocolate chips in bowl
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  6. Add the marshmallows and the crisped rice cereal to the chocolate and stir until the candy is well-mixed.

    Add marshmallows
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  7. Using a teaspoon, drop small clumps of the candy mixture onto the prepared leg clusters, making sure that the spider’s body is centered in the middle of the legs.

    Drop candy mixture
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  8. While the chocolate is still wet, add two small candies to represent the spider’s eyes.

    Add small candies
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  9. Place the tray of spiders in the refrigerator to set the chocolate, about 30 minutes.

    Place spiders in fridge
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  10. Serve at room temperature.

    Serve at room temperature
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  • Store the spiders in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.