Spider Snacks

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Spider Snacks for Kids

Aren’t these spider snacks adorable?! We made spider webs, mama redback spider cupcakes and baby redback spider biscuits. Pebble’s interest in the “dangerous” Australian Animals is still going strong, and she has been especially curious about spiders. We live in the hills and have lots of spider friends living around (and in!) our house.

Redbacks are common in our backyard and Pebble was fascinated to learn more about them when we began our Aussie Animals trading cards collection. Did you know that they can eat small lizards!? And that a Daddy Long Legs spider often eats a Redback spider?

Redback spider Aussie Animals Trading Card - Available from Woolworths

These spider snacks were so easy for kids to make and would be a huge hit at a spider party or great fun for Halloween.

Spider Snacks for Kids

Spider Snacks

Spider Snacks for Kids

Pretzel and Chocolate Spider Webs

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of pretzel sticks
  • 1 block of white chocolate

To make the pretzel and chocolate spider webs:

  • On a baking tray covered with baking paper, arrange the pretzels into spider web shapes. You will need about 8 pretzel sticks per web.
  • Melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a bowl over a pan of boiling water.
  • Pour a dollop of melted chocolate into the centre of each web, to cover the end of each pretzel stick and ensure that each web sticks together.
  • Using a spoon (or a piping bag if you want to be more precise) drizzle white chocolate in a circular motion over the top of each web to create a spider web effect.
  • Put in the fridge to set. When the chocolate is set carefully peel the baking paper away from each spider web.

Spider Snacks for Kids

Mama Redback Spider Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 quantity of chocolate cup cakes (we used a packet mix)
  • 1 quantity of chocolate frosting/icing (yep, we used packet mix again)
  • 1 packet of mini white chocolate buttons
  • 1 tube of black writing icing
  • 1 tube of red writing icing
  • 2 straps of licorice, cut into 5cm lengths, then cutting each 5cm length into four thin strips

To make the mama redback spider cupcakes:

  1. Cover the top of each cupcake with chocolate frosting (icing).
  2. Press two mini white chocolate buttons into one side of the cupcake to create the spider’s eyes. Use the black writing icing tube to draw on pupils.
  3. Press eight licorice pieces around the edge of the iced cupcake to create the spider’s legs.
  4. Draw a red back on your spider using the red writing icing.

Spider Snacks for Kids

Baby Redback Spider Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 1 packet of chocolate coated biscuits
  • 1 block of milk chocolate
  • 1 packet of mini white chocolate buttons
  • 1 tube black writing icing
  • 1 tube red writing icing

To make the baby red back spider biscuits:

  1. On a baking tray covered with baking paper place a dollop of melted milk chocolate slightly smaller than the size of each biscuit.
  2. Use the melted chocolate to create eight spider-leg-shapes coming out of the chocolate dollop.
  3. Place a chocolate biscuit on top of the dollop of milk chocolate, so that you can still see the spiders legs poking out.
  4. Using the black writing icing as ‘glue’ place two mini white chocolate button eyes on each spider. Use the black writing icing again to draw two pupils on each spider.
  5. Use the red writing icing to draw a red back on your spider.
  6. Place in the fridge to set. When the chocolate is set carefully peel the baking paper away from each baby spider.

Spider Snacks for Kids

Tips for cooking with kids:

  • prepare everything you need before you ask the kids to come and help.
  • have aprons and wet cloths ready to protect clothes and allow for quick and easy clean up.
  • go with the flow. We made some spiders, then Pebble wanted to make fairies, so we did that too.
  • it doesn’t matter if things don’t turn out the way you imagined. Just have fun :)

Spider Snacks for Kids

Woolworths has teamed up with Taronga Conservation Society Australia to launch a collection of Aussie Animals trading cards available exclusively at Woolworths supermarkets. There are 108 trading cards for children to collect.

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