Friday, November 22, 2013

Chocolate Turkeys

Thanksgiving just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without turkey.  I mean, this bird is a vital part of the tradition.  Not only is it the center of all kid's art projects during this time of year but it's also the show stopping center piece on everyone's table. 
So needless to say these two legged, feathered friends are the mascot for this time of year.  But that juicy, white meat doesn't have to be the only type of turkey you enjoy this year.  What about turkey on your dessert table?  In honor of the glorious bird, I decided to make these candy corn feathered friends that have been seen floating all over the internet.
These turkeys are a blast to make and a treat that would be fun to make with the entire family.  Kids love to help in the kitchen and what better way to let them be part of the festivities than these turkeys.  Not only do they get to make cute little treats but they get to play with their food too. 
These cute little turkeys are packed full of sweetness and chocolate from the feet to their cute little heads.  Chocolate covered pretzel feet, bodies made out of chocolate covered Oreos, Reeses peanut butter cups and whoppers, and feathers out of candy corn.  It doesn't get much sweeter than this.  These cute little birds not only serve as dessert but could double as a place card holder too.  So this Thanksgiving day enjoy two kinds of turkey; one savory and one sweet!

Chocolate Turkeys

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups chocolate chips
12 Oreo's
12 Pretzels
86 Candy Corn pieces
12 Mini Reeses peanut butter cups
12 Whoppers

Directions:

Line a clean work surface with wax paper. 

Place chocolate in the top of a double boiler.  Place over the bottom part of the double boiler and place over high heat.  Allow chocolate to melt, stirring during the melting process.  Once the chocolate is completely melted and smooth, reduce the heat to medium.

Dip the pretzels in the chocolate, tapping to remove the excess chocolate and place on wax paper and allow to dry.

Split Oreos in half, spread chocolate over the top part of the filling and place 5 candy corn pieces in the chocolate, white side down. Spread chocolate over the filling and place the other wafer over the chocolate.  Repeat with remaining cookies.

Dip the Oreos in the chocolate, covering the entire cookie.  Set on the wax paper.  Place Reeses cups, with the large side down on the bottom, center of the cookie.  Place a Whopper above the Reeses cup.  Cut the entire white portion of 12 candy corn pieces off.  Spread chocolate over the cut portion of the candy and place at the bottom center of the whopper. 
 
Cut half of the white portion off 24 pieces of the candy corn. Spread a little chocolate on the flat surface and place two pieces of candy on each whopper above the piece of candy corn, on either side.  Place two chocolate dots on the smaller pieces of the candy corn, making eyes. 

Once the turkey is assembled, spread a small bit of chocolate on the bottom part of the Oreo, and stand up on the pretzel (feet).

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