Tom Turkeys Recipe
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Tom Turkeys Recipe

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With a little prep work by Mom or Dad, these make a great before-or after-dinner craft project for the kids to enjoy while adults at the feast converse. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep:30 min. Cook: 5 min. + cooling
MAKES:26 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep:30 min. Cook: 5 min. + cooling
MAKES: 26 servings


  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 package (11 ounces) candy corn
  • 52 fudge-striped cookies
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 52 white confetti sprinkles

Nutritional Facts

1 turkey: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein


  1. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. For tails, use a dab of chocolate to attach five candy corns to the chocolate side of half of the cookies in a fan shape; refrigerate until set.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Add marshmallows; stir over low heat until melted. Stir in cereal. Cool for 10 minutes. With buttered hands, form cereal mixture into 1-1/2-in. balls.
  3. Remelt chocolate if necessary. Using chocolate, attach the cereal balls to the chocolate side of the remaining cookies. Position tails perpendicular to the base cookies; attach with chocolate. Refrigerate until set.
  4. For feet, cut off white tips from 52 candy corns; discard tips. Attach feet to base cookies with chocolate. Attach one candy corn to each cereal ball for heads.
  5. With a toothpick dipped in chocolate, attach two confetti sprinkles to each head. Using chocolate, dot each sprinkle to make pupils. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 26 turkeys.
Originally published as Tom Turkeys in Taste of Home November 2011, p78

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Reviewed Nov. 17, 2012

"I made them for my 9 grandchildren and they were a big hit. I have one that does not like chocolate, so used sugar cookies for a few. I found melted almond bark when dry holds better than chocolate chips. Thought that might be helpful as most of us have it on hand right now."

Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

"made for my duaghters Brownie troop thanksgiving party- they loved them! so easy although i found i needed a lot of chocolate glue!"

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

"These crowd pleasers are adorable and fun to make with kids! A couple of tips: 1. After attaching candy corns - get them cold right away to harden the melted chocolate. 2. I melted white chocolate to attach the candy corn used for the head - it was less visible than the dark chocolate. I also used a dab of the white chocolate for the eyes instead of the sprinkle - and dotted it with dark chocolate."

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"This was a fun project for my five-year-old and me. I would suggest washing some new paint brushes and using them to paint the melted chocolate onto the turkey. It made it easy and fun."

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"You may think this is cute and simple with only a few ingredients until you actually make them and it is takes much longer than 30 minute of prep time. It is extremely time consuming when attaching the candy corn onto the cookie, not to mention difficulties attaching the candy corn head to the rice crispy treat and the eyes to the candy corn. Oh and it?s a giant mess, melted chocolate gets everywhere. When they are completed everyone loves them and wants one."

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