Thanksgiving is a great time to show your appreciation to your family, God, and your many blessings. One way I like to show my gratitude for those around me is to make fun food! If you need a fun snack for the kids or something to bring to a fall party, check out how simple it is to make these adorable Thanksgiving Pretzel Turkeys!
- Candy Corn
- Reese’s Pieces
- Sugar Pearls
Preheat oven to 300.
On a sheet tray lined with parchment paper lay your pretzels with the salted side down with the double rounded end pointed toward you.
Place three candy corns on the single round end. It’s easiest to start with the middle one and just place the tip under the middle of pretzel and the top part resting on the top of the pretzel. Place the other two candy corns along the angled part of the pretzel so that they are touching the first candy corn.
Gently lay an unwrapped Rolo on top of the candy corns.
Place the tray in the oven until the Rolos are soft, 2 minutes.
You can push the Rolos down one of two ways. You can use the back of a spoon to press them gently down to make sure they contact the pretzels and the candy corns. The spoon is more direct and you are sure the Rolo is set. But it tends to deform the Rolo more.
You can also do it while you apply the eyes and beaks. This way leaves the Rolo shape a little more but if you aren’t careful you get chocolate on your fingers that gets on the eyes and beaks.
Apply 2 pearls for the eyes and half of a Reese’s pieces for the beak. Take a toothpick and dab it in the melted chocolate at the edge of the Rolo and dab it in the center of the pearl to finish the eye.
Let cool at least 30 minutes before moving to a serving tray or airtight container. Enjoy!
Candy Cook says
Fantastic! They’re cute… and super simple. I like it.
debi J koslovich says
I can’t wait until thanksgiving so my family can witness my turkey talent they will love these pretzel Turkey’s for sure thanks!!!!!
Where do you purchase sugar pearls?
You can find them at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or similar stores.
I found them at my grocery store in the baking aisle.
Little B's Mommy says
Super Cute! But I just went from each kid in my son’s daycare room getting 4 each to just his side of the room getting 2! Maybe my pretzel twists were too small (my husband grabbed the salt free version), but getting those three candy corns to balance was more difficult than playing jenga during an earthquake!
I will definitely try again but not at 10:30 on a Monday night! 🙂
I just luv luv it I’m a school teacher . They’re cute helps with fine motor skills and great for decoration . Thanks for the idea
Alicia Hurst says
How long will these stay fresh for? Thanks again
I’d say not for too long because the moisture in the chocolate will make the pretzel soggy. They don’t last long at our house since kids eat them!!
I got mini pretzels and couldn’t get the candy corn to balance. What size pretzels did you use?
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Left in oven a little too long. Candy corn melted. Chocolate too soft. Still cute funky turkeys! Watch close after two minutes. Fun.
I popped them in the microwave for 9 seconds and that worked best for me. 5-6 minutes is too long in the oven (plus they kept falling off when I tried putting the sheet in the oven). I would say 1 minute is plenty at 250 if you do the oven.
Also – I used heart sprinkles turned upside down for the eyes. They were out of pearls at the store. Very cute.
I wonder if using orange cake decorator’s icing (in the tube) under the corn would help in keeping corn on pretzel.
I warned the rolos first then stuck the candy corn into the melted chocolate. Put back in oven for another minute then did eyes and beak. Worked well!
used a pill cutter to cut Reese’s Pieces and went Hobby Lobby for the pearl (eyes) in white and found little pearl eyes already….saved a step! What a fun, cute idea for favors for the kids for Thankagiving!!! In the oven as I type….can’t wait to see the finished product.
Dianna Beatty says
LOVE them~ Can’t wait to try them!
Just love this! My son and I had fun making them. Made them gf too! Thanks for the idea.
Fun with my 8 year old! Tips if you don’t need to mass produce these #1) put Rolo on pretzel and eye balls on top #2) microwave for 15 seconds #3) put candy corn in melted chocolate so it sticks #4) then press down the eye balls into the chocolate to stick #5) add the beak into the melted chocolate
Turns out great that way and more so a individual craft for kids. Also…found eye balls at Walmart in cake decorating isle for around $2. Happy turkey making!!
Mary cook says
Can you freeze these? Also, best way to transport? I used the larger pretzels, they seemed to work easier.
Think I might try to make these this Thanksgiving ?
I accidentally bought mini pretzels be sure you buy the regular size. The Reese’s pieces were hard to cut in half they would shatter a lot of them and the rolos put in for 2 min would do maybe a minute as they melted too much and the eyes would run off of them. Cute idea!!!