Holiday Ideas: Edible Thanksgiving Crafts For Kids

Simple edible Thanksgiving crafts to be created and enjoyed by children of all ages including cookie turkeys and peanut butter popcorn ball turkeys

Thanksgiving has many different meanings for people. To some it means home and hearth and to others it just means good food. When you bring together families at Thanksgiving you generally get a house full of children. The following are some Thanksgiving edibles to be created and enjoyed by kids of all ages.

Cookie Turkeys

Supplies Needed:

1 package fudge striped cookies

1 bag candy corn

1 bag caramel candy squares

1 bag Dove chocolate

Instructions:

Each turkey will take one piece of Dove chocolate, two pieces of caramel, three pieces of candy corn and one fudge striped cookie. To make it easy, open the appropriate candy pieces before beginning.

Place a piece of Dove chocolate on a microwavable plate to create the base for the turkey. For the turkey head and body, push two pieces of caramel together with a piece of candy corn in the middle letting the end of the candy corn stick out to form the turkey beak. Place the two pieces of caramel on top of the Dove chocolate. With a sharp knife, cut two small slits in the top piece of caramel. Break off the small white end of two pieces of candy corn and push them into the slits cut for the turkey eyes. Press the fudge striped cookie onto the back of the caramel and chocolate bird to create the feathers. Place the turkey in the microwave and microwave it for 5 to 8 seconds or just long enough for the candy to fuse together. Watch this closely as you do not want to melt the candy, just soften it enough so it will stick. Place the finished turkey in the freezer for a few minutes to solidify the chocolate to help the turkey stay together. Serve in decorative Thanksgiving cupcake wrappers.



Note: To help the turkey keep its shape until it has been placed in the microwave, use decorative icing to "glue" the candy and cookie pieces together.

Popcorn balls are a treat at any time of the year, but here's a fun twist to jazz them up for Thanksgiving.

Peanut Butter Popcorn Ball Turkey

Ingredients for Peanut butter popcorn balls:

3 quarts popped corn

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup chunky peanut butter

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/8 tsp salt

In a heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar and corn syrup. While stirring constantly, bring the mixture to a rolling boil. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the chunky peanut butter, vanilla and salt and stir until the mixture is well blended. Pour the mixture over the popped popcorn, stirring until well coated. Coat your hands with butter and shape the popcorn into 2-inch balls. Place on a wax paper covered cookie sheet and allow the popcorn balls to cool and firm up.

Turkey Materials:

Popcorn balls

Miniature Peanut butter cups

Butterscotch flavored chips

Cinnamon flavored Tic Tacs

Small pretzels

Decorator icing

Colored construction paper

Plain Toothpicks

Scissors

Instructions for each turkey:

Cut several feathers approximately 5 inches in length from the construction paper. Poke a toothpick in and out through the bottom of each paper feather leaving half the toothpick sticking out at the bottom. Poke the toothpick into the back of the popcorn ball to create two rows of feathers. Each turkey will take approximately 6-7 feathers.

Unwrap a miniature peanut butter cup. Glue the widest side of the peanut butter cup to the front of the popcorn ball with the decorator icing to create the turkey's head. With a toothpick, make two dents in the top of the peanut butter cup for the eyes. Glue a butterscotch chip onto the peanut butter cup to create a beak. Glue a cinnamon Tic Tac to the bottom of the peanut butter cup to create a gobbler. Glue two small pretzels to the bottom of the popcorn ball for the feet. Serve in decorative Thanksgiving cupcake wrappers.

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