Though exhibiting a red hourglass, the menacing mark of black widows…
These edible arachnids are deceptively delicious, and one hundred percent harmless!
Black Widow Spider Pops
- Oreo Cakesters
- Pretzel sticks
- Vanilla frosting
- Black gel food coloring
- Red gum drops
- Granulated sugar
- Green jelly beans
- Lollipop sticks
- Styrofoam rectangle
- Narrow ribbon
Insert one lollipop stick into the cream-filled layer of each Oreo Cakester. Break or cut pretzel sticks in half, then insert four pieces on each side to form spider legs. Lay pops flat on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Transfer to the freezer for at least 20 minutes.
Pour a few tablespoons of sugar onto a piece of wax paper. Place a red gum drop in the center of sugar, cover with a second sheet of wax paper, and roll flat. Additional sugar may be needed to keep gummy candy from sticking.
Make an hourglass template (approximately 1″ x 1″) from card stock or heavy paper. Using the pattern as a guide, carefully cut hourglass shape from flattened red candy with a sharp knife. You’ll need one hourglass for every spider.
Spoon frosting into a two cup measuring glass or small mixing bowl. Add black gel food coloring and mix thoroughly. Microwave tinted frosting for approximately 10-15 seconds. Stir heated frosting well, it should be the consistency of melted chocolate.
Remove one spider at a time from the freezer and dip into warm icing until evenly coated, allowing excess to drip back into the dish. Use foam as a base to keep pops upright while drying.
You may have to occasionally reheat frosting for five seconds to keep it the ideal consistency for dipping. Save all remaining frosting in a resealable bag.
It will take a couple of hours for the frosted coating to set up. Once set, lay spider pops right side up on wax paper.
Snip a tiny amount from one corner of the plastic bag containing leftover icing. Squeeze frosting onto the bottom of a red candy hourglass, attach to spider body.
For eyes, cut green jelly beans (or color of your choice) in half, secure with frosting, and allow to dry.
Tie matching ribbon around lollipop sticks before serving.