Tarantula Treats

While on our cross-country move, we got to visit some great friends, the G Family. Their kids were excited about being "guest bloggers" and enlisted their engineering dad to design these cool treats.
We had a really fun visit and they put together these amazing treats for me! These would be fun for a "Birthday Bug Party" or even for Halloween! Thanks, G Kids!
Tarantula Treats
Tootsie Rolls (chocolate and also colored ones, if desired)
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 cups quick cooking oats
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Making the legs is fun, it's like edible playdough! To make the Tarantula legs, unwrap tootsie rolls (it takes about 8 per spider--4 chocolate and 4 colored). Microwave for 3-5 seconds to soften then cut each into fourths. Using a fourth at a time, roll into a small log and smoosh together, alternating chocolate and a color until you have a long, striped log. Take your log and mold into this shape:
Repeat four times then put them all together to make the framework for your spider! They look great already! (Note: make the fourth leg a little shorter and put it up front to be more "tarantula-like". See picture below)
The hard part is done, now for the bodies!
Mix together sugar, butter or margarine, and milk in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil for one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and mix in cocoa, quick oatmeal and vanilla. Drop by tablespoon and teaspoon onto wax paper to cool (you want one tablespoon-sized cookie and one teaspoon-sized cookie for each spider).
If they spread apart too much, push them back together as they cool.
When cookies are set, place on top of your spider bodies--the larger cookie goes between the legs andthe smaller cookie should sit on top of the legs. Watch them crawl off the plate!
Thanks to Miss N, Miss A and Miss C for this great tutorial!

You are all well on your way to becoming great chefs!
Keep up the kitchen fun and thanks for the great visit!

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