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Tom Turkeys

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 turkeys


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 turkey: 280 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 132mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • GrandmaJodyII
    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.

  • debbie1574
    Nov 6, 2012

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  • rhcluvscady2
    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!

  • tlgreenie
    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.

  • csobie
    Dec 3, 2011

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  • A Ellen
    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.

  • KCNY76
    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.

  • klshelto
    Nov 26, 2011

    These are very cute and everyone on Thanksgiving loved them. I have a few tips if you plan on making them. 1) I bought 2 packages of candy corn and ended up needing to open the second bag because many of them were broken. 2) Instead of buttered hands for the cereal balls, use wax paper. I almost gave up completely because it kept sticking to my hands, even with butter on them. I did go through quite a bit of wax paper though. 3) I looked all over but couldn't find confetti sprinkles, so I used white icing that hardened and flattened it. 4) Allow much more time than 35 minutes plus cooling time. It took me at least 2 1/2 hours to make these and when one section of the turkeys were cooling, I was working on something else. I was making something on the turkey all 2 1/2 hours. Very cute idea. Just allow plenty of time.

  • goldengate
    Nov 24, 2011

    I made them and they are so good and fun to make!

  • family5fun
    Nov 23, 2011

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