Saturday, November 17, 2012

How to Make Turkey Pops: A Fun Thanksgiving Dessert

My daughter Bailey and I made turkey pops last year for our family's Thanksgiving dinner.  They were a hit and so easy to make!  Gluten free, too.

Here's what you'll need:
3 tablespoons of butter or margarine
1 10-ounce package of regular marshmallows OR 4 cups of miniature marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
24 lollipop sticks or wooden popsicle sticks
1 12-ounce package (about 2 cups) of semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/3 cup candy corns
small white candies (we just broke off tiny pieces of white from extra candy corns instead)

Here's what you'll do:

  1. In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat.  Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted.  Once melted, remove from heat.
  2. Add the Rice Krispies cereal and stir until coated.
  3. Using a 1/4 measuring cup well coated with non-stick cooking spray, divide the mixture into 24 sections.  Using buttered hands, shape each section into a ball.  Place on a wax paper lined baking sheet and refrigerate about 10 minutes or until firm. 
  4. Combine chocolate morsels and oil in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until smooth, stirring every 30 seconds.  Dip each ball into the chocolate  allowing excess to drip off. Place back on the wax paper lined baking sheet. Refrigerate 5 to 10 minutes, or until chocolate is almost set. 
  5. Using candy corns, decorate your turkey pop, adding feathers and a beak, gently pressing candy into mixture.  Press in small white pieces of candy for eyes.   Add sticks to serve as pops or serve as turkey balls on a platter. 

And voilà!  A cute dessert that adults and kids love! And Pinterest will be so proud of you.  Seriously, everybody gets a victory lap here.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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