Chocolate-Coconut Tarantulas

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10 to 12 spiders

There’s nothing like a nice crunchy platter of tarantulas after a long day of ghostbusting. Eat them quickly before they crawl off the plate.


  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chow mein noodles
  • 1 cup finely shredded coconut


  • Melt chocolate chips in a heavy saucepan over low, or in the microwave on high power for 1 1/2 to 2 min. Stir until smooth. Add noodles and coconut and stir until everything is evenly coated in chocolate.
  • Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Spoon tbsps of tarantula mixture onto prepared tray and arrange noodles so they look like spider legs.
  • Refrigerate tarantulas until firm.


Take advantage of any available laboratory assistants to help in spider construction. It’s a revolting job, but somebody has to do it.