A cute Thanksgiving Dessert, who could resist a Turkey Candy – as either a fun Thanksgiving treat for kids or Thanksgiving cupcake decoration!
Turkey Candy Recipe
I credit Murray from Flight of the Conchords with my penchant for calling my daycare kids “little turkeys” whenever they get a bit crazy or mischievous.
It’s a term of endearment and one that just makes them giggle and do more of whatever it was that caused me to call them turkeys in the first place.
With Thanksgiving coming up, I thought it would be fun to make some little turkeys for my little turkeys. I also let them help make some, but I’ll be honest: they just turned into big, slobbery, chocolatey messes so I did not take pictures of those!
These cute turkey candies are perfect for a Thanksgiving place setting or a special lunch box treat. I also think they would look super cute perched on top of some cupcakes – Turkey Cupcakes, anyone?
(Had I thought ahead, I could have ordered this chocolate Turkey mold, but I think I like the Turkey Candies we made even better!)
Ingredients for Turkey Candy
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: these candy turkeys can be prepared up to two weeks in advance, just be sure to keep them covered in a cool, dry spot.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Small microwave-safe bowls
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Serving platter or storage container
How to Make Chocolate and Candy Turkeys
Place the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 25 seconds. Stir well and reheat as needed.
Lay out all of your ingredients as you will want to work smoothly and quickly.
Using a spoon, add a 1/2 teaspoon or so of melted chocolate on a Reese’s Cup. Smooth it out to cover the entire top.
Place a Reese’s Mini in the bottom center of the Reese’s Cup.
Create an arc of a single colour of Reese’s Pieces around the Reese’s Mini.
Create a second arc in a second colour around the first arc.
And finally, place a third colour arc on the outskirts of the Reese’s Cup.
Attach the Candy Eyes to the top half of the Reese’s Mini using a touch of melted chocolate, and repeat with an orange or red Reese’s Pieces for the beak.
Repeat until all 12 Reese’s Cups are converted into chocolate turkeys!
Grab your free printable for our simple Thanksgiving chocolate turkeys:
- 12 Reese's Pieces
- 12 Reese's Minis
- 1 cup Reese's Pieces OR candy corn
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 Tablespoon shortening
- 24 Candy Eyes
- Place the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 25 seconds. Stir well and reheat as needed.
- Lay out all of your ingredients as you will want to work smoothly and quickly.
- Using a spoon, add a 1/2 teaspoon or so of melted chocolate on a Reese's Cup. Smooth it out to cover the entire top.
- Place a Reese's Mini in the bottom center of the Reese's Cup.
- Create an arc of a single colour of Reese's Pieces around the Reese's Mini.
- Create a second arc in a second colour around the first arc.
- And finally, place a third colour arc on the outskirts of the Reese's Cup.
- Attach the Candy Eyes to the top half of the Reese's Mini using a touch of melted chocolate, and repeat with an orange or red Reese's Pieces for the beak.
- Repeat until all 12 Reese's Cups are converted into chocolate turkeys!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 380Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 128mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 2gSugar: 47gProtein: 5g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
This super easy Thanksgiving dessert recipe for kids is perfect for prepping ahead and can be used in so many different ways: place settings, on top of other desserts, as part of a buffet table, as a hostess gift, as a classroom treat, or just as a special lunch box surprise!