Introduction: Cockroach Clusters

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These additive Halloween treats have a mysterious crunch that may be slightly disturbing to your guests.  Bite into these chocolate-coated pieces of simulated exoskeleton and taste the salty meets sweet meets crunchy sensation that is the perfect Halloween party food.

Step 1: Supplies

Cockroach Body Parts*
Chocolate Almond Bark or tempered chocolate for dipping candy
Large Bowl
Parchment Paper

*I use "shoestring style" potato chips because they give the best look and crunch to the final product. You can, however, use thin pretzels or chow mein noodles.  These substitutes will be sufficient but I find that the crunch isn't as distinctly disturbing as that of potato chip sticks.

Step 2: Preparing the Bodies

Place some potato chips into your bowl.  (I used most of a 9oz can of chips here.)  Crush your potato chips.  Crush just enough to break the long strips into pieces 1" long or shorter.  Measure the volume of your crushed chips.  (I got about 2 cup of chips.)

Step 3: Chocolate

If your chocolate is in block form, roughly chop it. If it's in pieces already, there's no need to break it up further. Measure the volume of your unmelted chocolate. You want the approximately the same volume of unmelted chocolate pieces as you do chips. For example, for 2 cup crushed chips, use 2 cup chopped, unmelted chocolate. (I used half of a 24. oz. package.)

Step 4: Combining

Melt chocolate as directed on the product package.

Pour your melted chocolate over the chips and stir to coat.  The amount of chocolate required may be subjective.  If you find you don't have enough, add more melted chocolate.

Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment paper and allow to set.  Consume.  Store in a sealed container away from heat.

Step 5: Further Options

You can also add chopped dried fruit or nuts to your potato chip pieces to give the softer feeling of biting into the center of a cockroach body along with that leggy "crunch."

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