Cockroach Clusters

I know at the sight of antennae like this your instinct might be to look for the nearest rolled up newspaper or shoe…

But don’t do that to this one.

Even if you find it in your windowsill garden…

Don’t do it!

Even if you find a whole ring of them…


Instead…eat them!

They are Cockroach Clusters, inspired by the world of that most famous of wizards, Harry James Potter.  (He looks like his father, but has his mother’s eyes.)

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” (the final book in the 7-part epic HP series) came out the week before my sister Courtney and I had a weekend trip planned to Martha’s Vineyard in the summer of 2007.  We both brought our books, and spent the weekend trying to read at the same pace so we wouldn’t get ahead of each other and potentially ruin major plot developments.  Looking back, it’s a really fun memory. (Fun Fact – We also both got terrible sunburns that weekend.  Not a fun memory.  Worst burn of my life.)

Now, over 3 years later, part 1 of the movie version is out. Jessica O. and  I saw it last evening and  I used the occasion as an excuse to get creative and make a HP-themed snack.

I decided to improvise on an already amazing treat in my arsenal – the Poor Man’s Turtles. I thought the pecan looked a little roach-y (I know, gross…but bear with me) so I bought some milk chocolate chips and a pack of chocolate Twizzlers.  I had no idea these existed, but Target did.  Then I tapped into my vast sprinkles collection for some yellow eyes…and that was about it.

Their insides are lovely, too.

Invade your kitchen today!  You won’t regret it, I promise.

Poor Man’s Turtles

Equal number of pretzel squares, Rollo’s, and pecan halves.

  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment.
  • Arrange pretzel squares on the sheet and place an unwrapped Rollo in the center of the square
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until chocolate is soft, but not melting.
  • Remove and lightly press pecan half onto the Rollo.
  • Try hard not to eat all of them in one sitting.

To make the cockroach clusters you will need a small paintbrush, 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, 1 rope of chocolate or black licorice, and yellow sprinkles.  Use a sharp knife to cut 3/4 inch pieces of licorice.  Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave on low power or in a heatproof bowl over simmering water.  Use the paintbrush to paint the melted chocolate onto the pecan half, then insert the licorice pieces into the melted chocolate.  Stick a few sprinkles on for eyes.  Voila!

Are you a HP fan or did I totally lose you with this one?? 🙂

17 thoughts on “Cockroach Clusters

  1. k8 says:

    I love these little buggers (har!). I also love that we share a deep lurve of Dark Tower and Harry Potter. I dressed up as the boy wizard (with 2 friends) and went to see the film last night.

    I feel that these cockroach clusters will make an appearance at the holidays at the young cousins will get a kick out of them. Nice opening silhouette, btw 🙂

  2. Megan says:

    Ha. I have fond memories of that book too. My sister bought it at midnight when it came out and traveled to the Cape from Pittsburgh. By the time she got there, she had finished the book, and I took it from her and read it next. 🙂

    I love poor man’s turtles! We’ve started adding them to our Christmas cookie plates that we give away to people. They’e so easy… and sooo good!

    • Aimee says:

      Miss Jess! How did I not know about your blog?! Love it – I am adding you, too! Thanks for alerting me. I do so hope we get to visit sometime in the new year!

  3. Maureen says:

    I know first hand how yummy these are! They were minus the bug features when you shared them last year, however. Cute adaptation!

  4. Brittany says:

    ” (He looks like his father, but has his mother’s eyes.)”
    This made me laugh out loud. Specifically it was a “bahahaha”

    I just found your blog and I am so glad I did!

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