Crunchy Spider Legs

Crunchy Spider LegsThis 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 I already know how to make crunchy spider legs.  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.

These have happy memories for me.  I remember having these at a slumber party when I was probably about nine, and we stayed up for hours playing a game in which these were the reward (carpet lava and all that stuff kids do).  In college I took an English class that required us to do a presentation that involved demonstrating something, so I did a demo of this recipe in class.  I didn’t have a way to melt the chocolate in the classroom, but I brought a batch of finished ones with me and handed them out to everyone.  That was a hit!  This is when I learned the very important lesson that if you want someone to pay attention, bring food.

This is a great one for kids who are learning to cook as long as they have stove supervision.  It’s also good for learning patience, as it takes a couple of hours for them to set.  Making these got me off on a mental tangent of wondering how many others of the game recipes I could make in real life.  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.

Crunchy Spider Legs


  • 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


  1. Spread a large sheet of wax paper on several cookie sheets or over a counter.
  2. 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!
  3. Add peanut butter and stir until smooth.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. 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.
  6. Spoon out the mix with a tablespoon and set the spoonfuls on the wax paper about 2 inches apart.
  7. If you're doing Bird Nests, put the M&M's on top right away before they cool.
  8. Refrigerate for 1 hour or let set on the counter for a few hours until chocolate sets.
  9. Store any leftovers in the fridge.