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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)

1 toothpick

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.

(Man, I wish I’d gotten a manicure before I made this post)

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.

Cute, right?

You can use this with your name card holders for your Thanksgiving place settings, or just put them on each plate. So cute.

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Andrea November 7, 2011 um 3:12 pm

So cute! Too bad I ate all of Madeline’s candy! hee hee


Jackie November 7, 2011 um 3:18 pm

Tater didn’t get any, I’m a bad mom. She wan’t into Trick or Treat this year, maybe next year, Momma needs some candy! 🙂


Kim Bee November 7, 2011 um 3:44 pm

SOO cute! You are so creative. These are really adorable.


Jackie November 7, 2011 um 3:55 pm

Ahhhh, thanks 🙂


Jenn November 7, 2011 um 4:42 pm

These are adorable. I’m making a variation of these for my Thanksgiving table to go along with the namecards. I guess great minds think alike! 🙂


Jackie November 7, 2011 um 6:22 pm

I guess so 🙂 Post yours on your blog when you get a chance, I wanna see!


Maggie November 7, 2011 um 7:25 pm

These are adorable! My little one is also not old enough to appreciate these things, but she’s in for it as soon as she is! I’ll save this one for next year. Thanks for a fun crafty recipe!


Jackie November 8, 2011 um 1:21 pm

Soon enough we’ll be torturing our kids with holiday crafts, right? 🙂


Sunithi November 7, 2011 um 8:53 pm

These ARE adorable … will definately try it out for thanksgiving !! Would like to link to this post when I do a post on chocolate end of this week if it’s Ok with you. Let me know. The link will come directly to this post.


Jackie November 8, 2011 um 1:20 pm

Sounds great! Thank you 🙂


Sunithi November 11, 2011 um 5:26 pm

Hi Jackie,

Am posting tonite ( prob late)It’s a post called " confessions of a chocoholic " with some tips on curbing etreme chocolate addiction with magnesium foods etc and to show am not slammimg chocolate down really .. am going to put a pic of your cute turkey craft with a click thru link and a link below it driving them to your blog for the directions on making it etc.

Feel free to hop by my blog in the morning and see how the link looks. Thanks!! Am guessing yr choc craft will steal all the attention on my post 🙂


Jamantha December 22, 2011 um 11:03 am



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