Sunday, March 27, 2011

Chocolate Spiders- Gluten Free Childhood Favourite

Despite my spider phobia, I grew up enjoying two spider experiences: coke (and various other flavour) spiders aka ice cream soda, float etc and chocolate spiders. I think Chocolate spiders were my first introduction to the choc and peanut butter combo which I am now addicted to.

I remember making these for parties and sleepovers etc in my teenage years. The original recipe called for a packet of Changs fried noodles which are wheat based but they recently started making a rice variety which allowed me to recreate this childhood favourite.

I also discovered this new brand of Coles Belgian dark chocolate which is vegan. I swear that they used to have a Belgian variety which wasn't vegan, or was I dreaming?

Chocolate Spiders from Chang's Fine Asian Foods

1 pkt Chang’s Original Fried Noodles (100g)
2 Tbspns Crunchy Peanut Butter
200g Chocolate (2 100g blocks)

Microwave chocolate and peanut butter in microwave safe mixing bowl for about 30 seconds on high.  If not melted, then microwave again in 5 second intervals. Mix well until it is a smooth paste. (I just melted it in a double boiler). Add noodles and coat them well. Spoon the mixture onto grease-proof paper, or into individual paper patty pans. Using heaped teaspoons, this mixture will yield 30 to 40 spiders.
Place in refrigerator until set.

They kind of look like spiders. The texture was not quite as good as the wheat ones but taste wise they are just as good. I had some issues getting them to stick together too, but once I started making smaller ones they were fine.


  1. I think I'll have to try this recipe asap! I remember making them in year seven cooking class and being really icked out, but I think that was because, back then, I didn't understand the salty + sweet geniusness. Considering how much I adore peanut butter and chocolate now...

  2. i have never heard of chocolate spiders before. gluten-free vegan junkfood at it's finest ;)

  3. I grew up with lime spiders but never had chocolate spiders - have seen the recipe before and you have reminded me I must try it

  4. I will have to check out that chocolate! Lindt is too expensive for regular baking exercises and I am having a hard time finding the Whittaker's vegan dark chocolate at the moment.

  5. Yum! My cousin and I used to make these when we visited our grandma's house. I can't imagine why Grandma had those noodles in her cupboard at all; I never saw her cook with them.

  6. I used to make them at Grandma's house too, Cindy. I made some last year for a friend's kid's b'day party and none of the kiddies there had ever had them (super health-conscious parents, I think). They all went completely nuts and kept asking for more. Hehe - whoops.

  7. These look great! I remember eating them as a kid. I also don't remember that Coles chocolate being vegan, but I checked anyway the other day, and to my surprise, I noticed that it was. Love when that happens!