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Caramel Nut Brown Recluse Spiders

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“Halloween is the perfect time of year to gather around friends and watch horror movies. Popcorn is a universally-loved treat for such a gathering and I think I've developed the perfect accent piece for your next bucket at this year's monster movie marathon—might I suggest 'Arachnophobia'? This recipe features four simple ingredients and requires just a touch of patience to make something that I promise will give even its creator the heebie jeebies. Side note: Any uneaten spiders should be discreetly placed about your home with the intent to startle yourself and others throughout the year.”
3hrs 30mins
5-8 Spiders

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 standard bag of white macadamia nuts
  • 1 standard bag of plain peanuts
  • 1 standard bag werther's original candy
  • 1 standard can edible brown spray food coloring


  1. Heat oven to 310 degrees and space half bag of unwrapped candies on two parchment lined baking sheets. Melt until JUST softened (Around 5-7 minutes) and pull off bits and stretch into 1" - 1 1/2" spider legs. You'll have to keep placing baking sheets into the oven to reheat and I won't lie—this part is tedious.
  2. Once your poor, semi-burned fingers feel like snapping and you just can't make any more, the fun begins! Using any small nuggets of candy left on your sheet, use a pair of long stemmed tweezers and torch to heat. Glue one macadamia nut and half of one peanut together. You can adhere these on a flat parchment-lined surface OR you can glue the peanut upwards on a slight angle and make spiders that look as though they're ready to pounce!
  3. Use a brûlée torch or hand held lighter to heat base joints of spider legs and apply 8 to each nut cluster. Once your spiders are adequately horrifying, spray the tops with a quick burst of food coloring spray and prepare to terrify and amaze your guests.

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