“Although I must confess to loving all things pretty pink and a little bit colorful, I get so excited at the idea of “breaking the baking rules” at Halloween – the more gruesome the better, and absolutely anything goes!” says Elise Strachan, author of Sweet! Celebrations.
This recipe is copyright © 2016 by My Cupcake Addiction Pty Ltd. from Sweet! Celebrations by Elise Strachan, published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
- 9 Ounces black candy melts
- Red sprinkles
- 10 Whoppers or malt balls
- 10 black licorice wheels
- 1 3-ounce box lime Jell-O
- 1/2 Cup boiling water
- 4 large ice cubes
- 2 Tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
Melt the black candy melts. Place a teaspoon of melted candy into the 20 cavities of a cake pop mold (or the cavities of a 1 ½ inch sphere chocolate mold), spreading it up the sides. Refrigerate to set.
Apply an additional teaspoon of candy melts to the cake pop mold, 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 ¼-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. 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. 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 set 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 it 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.