This recipe is from way back in my Girl Scout days – Crunchy Spider Legs. I ran across a “recipe” for crunchy spider surprise in World of Warcraft (Alliance represent!) and laughed because it reminded me of these. Well, now you can too! These are crunchy, sweet, a little salty, and strange but addictive.
For Easter you can call them Bird Nests and put a few peanut butter M&M’s on top to look like eggs sitting in a nest. These would also be fun for a Halloween themed party, or a bug-themed kids party.
This is a great one for kids who are learning to cook as long as they have stove supervision. If you want them to be a little more “spidery” you could include mini marshmallows to be gooey spider bodies. Mix them in at the very end, after the noodles, so they don’t melt.
- 8.5 oz chow-mein noodles
- 1/2 c peanut butter (creamy works best)
- 1 1/2 bags chocolate chips (milk chocolate or semi-sweet)
- Optional: 1 large bag of Peanut or Peanut Butter M&M's
- Spread a large sheet of wax paper on several cookie sheets or over a counter.
- Pour chocolate chips into a large saucepan and heat on low until they are almost melted, stirring often. Keep an eye on this so it doesn't burn!
- Add peanut butter and stir until smooth.
- Remove from heat.
- Pour in all of the chow-mein noodles and gently stir / fold in until the noodles are completely covered in chocolate. Do not break the noodles if you can help it.
- Spoon out the mix with a tablespoon and set the spoonfuls on the wax paper about 2 inches apart.
- If you're doing Bird Nests, put the M&M's on top right away before they cool.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour or let set on the counter for a few hours until chocolate sets.
- Store any leftovers in the fridge.