Skinny Chocolate Spiders

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Halloween… It’s that time of year when treats are all around us, which means the temptation to eat candy, chocolate, and sugar is at an all time high! Not to worry… I have a solution that will allow you to have your chocolate and eat it too! 

This is a “kid friendly” treat- with a fraction of the sugar, fat, and calories than the average candy bar! Not to mention, they have a healthy dose of fiber and dark chocolate, which is rich in antioxidants!  These treats are easy to make, and would be especially fun to make with kids! They would also make a great treat to give away as a gift, or bring to a party! Enjoy!!!


The estimated total time to make this recipe is 15 Minutes.


Start by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper, or foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray (only use the cooking spray if using foil).


Place chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave chocolate in 30 second intervals, stirring every 30 seconds until melted. (Mine was ready in 1 minute, 30 seconds).


Add the bran twigs to the melted chocolate, and stir until well combined. (Add optional sweetener here if you desire)


To assemble spiders, place 6 pretzel stick-halves on prepared baking sheet (3 pretzel halfs on each side). With a large spoon, scoop up about 2 tbs worth of mixture onto parchment paper over the 6 pretzels (this is what makes up the body of the spider). Add 2 white chocolate chips for eyes.


Place baking sheet in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes to set the chocolate. Enjoy!


3/4 cupDark chocolate chips or Hershey’s™ sugar free chocolate chips1
1 cup Twig-style bran cereal (such as All Bran)
30 Pretzel sticks, broken in half
20 White chocolate chips (for eyes)
OptionalFew packs of sweetener of choice (or to taste)

1 Or you could use a chocolate bar with 60% or higher cocoa content

Nutrition Breakdown

10 Servings (spiders)
104 Calories
6 g Fat
18 g Carbohydrate
3 g Fiber
10 g Sugar
1 g Protein
3 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


Renee said:

This pretzel sticks are so cute too!

October 28th, 2011 — 9:23am  |  Reply

Renee said:

Those* :)

October 28th, 2011 — 9:24am  |  Reply

katie @KatieDid said:

ohh I’m really curious about the sugar free chocolate chips! Do they replace the sugar with a different sweetener or are they just 100% cocoa?

October 28th, 2011 — 10:04am  |  Reply

Britt @ My. Daily. Randomness. said:

I just adore chocolate covered pretzels! And I love the fact that they can be made for any occasion… I am actually book marking this post for Christmas! (yes thinking ahead!)

October 28th, 2011 — 10:40am  |  Reply

Editorial Team | Healthy Aperture said:

So cute. Would love for you to come on over and share.

October 28th, 2011 — 4:20pm  |  Reply

ldh said:

Hi Katie! So nice stopping by to visit with you! Lovely place you have here. I have had the best time perusing many of your posts and enjoying your recipes and testimony. I smiled when I read the post about your aunt… My name is Lorraine but my family has always called me Lorrie. I don’t often see it spelled the same way.

Thrilled meeting you!
Kindly, Lorraine/Lorrie :)

October 28th, 2011 — 7:15pm  |  Reply

Katrina said:

Love these! I can’t decide which one I like better. Both are yummy treats!

October 29th, 2011 — 12:06pm  |  Reply

alex said:

love these! perfect sweet and salty combo! my co-wprkers would love these!

October 30th, 2011 — 2:31pm  |  Reply

Ashleigh said:

I have to work tomorrow night, so I’m making the pretzels for my co-workers! I’m going to use semi-sweet chocolate chips! Thanks for the post :)

October 30th, 2011 — 11:08pm  |  Reply

glidingcalm said:

Oh my gosh! those are the cutest things I have ever seen! totally putting these on my to-make list!! thanks for the recipe!!! :D

November 1st, 2011 — 7:56pm  |  Reply

Gertie said:

This might be an even better option for me than the no-bake cookies and they already don’t have any peanut butter! Thanks so much. I’m enjoying getting to know your website. Never would have found it if it were not for Girl Scouts – once again! I’ve learned so much being a leader. Here’s my question. I’m thinking about the pretzel dipping. If we were to use Wilton candy melt chips, I could re-microwave the chocolate again and again. I’ll have groups of Brownies filtering through stations, so the chocolate that is in one mug will cool before the next girl comes over to dip some pretzels. I’d rather use this recipe than the melts. Do you think it can this be re-microwaved or will it turn to a rock? Thanks!

November 12th, 2011 — 5:14pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks katrina! :) i brought them to my sisters 3rd grade class tan they loved them!

October 30th, 2011 — 3:42am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks idh!

October 30th, 2011 — 3:42am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

@glidingcalm thank you so much! :)

November 2nd, 2011 — 6:01am  |  Reply

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