Someone call Andrew Zimmern, we've found the party favors for his next shindig.
For the rest of us squeamish folk, a creative cake decorator in the U.K. may have stumbled on an unconventional cure for arachnophobia -- an edible tarantula dessert.
The Daily Mail writes that Cecilia Chalmers was enlisted by Tyrone and Claire Jacques to create the sugary arachnid for a horror-themed party. The twist: Tyrone is deathly afraid of spiders. "I thought getting one of hers could help me get over it and could be a bit of fun too," he told the publication.
Chalmers' creation is life-size -- 7 inches wide -- and is made with molded pieces of sugar paste attached with glue and shaded with food coloring to give the final product a lifelike appearance. An added airbrushing gives the illusion of hundreds of tiny hairs. The version produced for the Jacques cost the couple $96.50 (£60) and took nearly a month to complete.
From the sound of it, Chalmers herself may have a touch of phobia as well:
"Spiders are the only creatures that bother me largely because of the speed, unpredictability and squishy look of their bodies ... It does make me feel ill while I am making them especially as the warm sugar paste feels like the actual body of the spider."
Click through the below gallery for an up-close-and-personal look at Chalmers' sugary tarantula. Warning, the following images are not for the faint of heart.