Thanksgiving Craft: Chocolate Turkeys Made From Halloween Candy
Edible Thanksgiving crafts! Tater really isn’t old enough yet for this (but that kid will be tortured with many holiday crafts in her life, once she is old enough) but this is perfect for kids who are a little older. And an excellent way to use up that left over Halloween candy. They only take a few minutes each, and would make an adorable name card holder for your Thanksgiving feast.
For each Candy Turkey you will need:
2 miniature Reeses Cups
1 Hersheys Kiss
1 Yellow Starburst Candy (one can be used for up to 4 turnkeys)
1 Red Starburst Candy (1 can be used for 8-10 Turkeys)
1 Orange Starburst Candy (1 can be used for 2 Turkeys)
6 Almond Slices
Candy Melts to be used as "glue" (you may also be able to use Hersey’s kisses for this job)
1 Squeeze Bottle (can be found at most craft stores)
Start by putting about about 1/2 cup of Candy Melts (Hershey’s kisses should work fine as well) in your squeeze bottle. I’ve only had one of these squeeze bottles for about a year and I use it all the time, so handy. After I’m done with it I just store it, with the candy melts still inside, in a large ziplock back and reheat it when I need it. Place in the microwave for 30 seconds, remove and shake to check consistency, heat for another 30 seconds and repeat until the chocolate is melted.
Then squeeze a small amount of melted chocolate on the top of a Reese’s cup (removed from all wrappers) and place the narrow end of the almond slices in the chocolate.
Use all six almond slices to make the Turkey tail, about halfway around the Reese’s cup.
Set aside and allow to dry.
Unwrap the red Starburst candy and cut off a small sliver (if this is a craft that kids are helping with, make sure to make all cuts yourself, or have the kids use a butter knife)
Cut the slice in half the long way to make a long skinny strip.
Take your long skinny "gobbler" and wrap it half way around the point of your unwrapped Hershey’s Kiss
Pressing the candy into place should be enough to hold it.
Cut the corner off your unwrapped yellow Starburst Candy.
Smash it and pinch it, to soften it and mold it into the shape of a beak then gently press into the point of the Hershey’s Kiss until secure.
Then cut off a small amount of the orange Starburst Candy and roll into a ball, flatten and press onto the kiss above the beak to make an eye.
Make another one, the same size to make the other eye.
Dip one end a toothpick into your melted chocolate and place a small dot in the middle of the orange eye.
Retrieve your Reese’s cup and turn it to the smaller side, opposite end from the one with the almond feathers. Place a dot of chocolate in the center.
Then place your Hershey’s Kiss head on top of that.
Slice off a small piece of your orange Starburst Candy.
Squeeze two thirds of it, making it narrow while leaving one end flat.
Make two cuts in the flat end to resemble Turkey toes (there is probably a more scientific name than "toes").
Make another Turkey leg, using the same method. Then place both over your second Reese’s cup, hanging down just slightly to the side of the middle. Place a dot of melted chocolate on the top (this is be used to fuse the Turkey to the base)
Retrieve your Turkey, and shave a small amount of the bottom Reese’s cup, below the Turkey face, between the almond feathers.
Place the Turkey, cut side down, on the base, over the legs.
You can use this with your name card holders for your Thanksgiving place settings, or just put them on each plate. So cute.