These quick and easy Candy Pretzel Turkey Bites are a tasty and adorable Thanksgiving treat. The perfect dessert idea for your Thanksgiving dinner or celebration!
We've got all the best Thanksgiving Treats! If you're looking for another easy and adorable Thanksgiving dessert, try Pumpkin Pie Turkeys and if you want something easier than pumpkin pie, make delicious Pumpkin Pie Bombs!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Have you planned your meal and trimmings?
If you need a tasty Thanksgiving treat that's super easy to make - try these Candy Pretzel Turkey Bites! Or, as the kids call them, Reese's Turkeys.
The salty, sweet combo is fantastic, and since they're so adorable, no one is going to be able to pass them up! Plus, they're easier than pumpkin pie! We love fun Thanksgiving food ideas.
We also like Thanksgiving to be as easy as possible!
Thanksgiving Treats with Candy Corn
Candy corn has been dear to our hearts since we were teeny tiny. Nowadays, we fill a jar before Halloween and have it on the counter for as long as possible!
The three colors of the candy - a broad yellow end, a tapered orange center, and a pointed white tip – mimic corn kernels' appearance. Corn! That's why it was initially called chicken feed!
Americans and Canadians consume about 20 million pounds of candy corn a year. Whoa!
Candy Corn works for Pumpkin Pie Turkeys and Thanksgiving Brownies too!
It's just so fun to have Thanksgiving Recipes the Kids Can Help With.
If you like fun holiday treats, you may also want to check out these adorable Reindeer Brownies!
How to Make Easy Pretzel Rolo Turkeys
With a few simple ingredients like Reese's cups and Rolos, you can whip these little gobblers up in no time. These are easy Thanksgiving desserts kids can help with.
- First, preheat the oven to 250 degrees F and line a baking pan with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat.
- Next, place pretzels with the salted side down with the double-rounded end pointed toward you.
- Now, unwrap your Rolo candies and place them in the center towards the top of the pretzel.
- Place them in the oven until the chocolate softens but is not totally melted, about 1 minute. It's important to make sure they don't get too soft!!
- Begin decorating by placing the candy eyeballs towards the middle, slightly towards the Rolos candy's top. Take Reese's Pieces candy, turn it sideways, and insert it below the eyes. Finally, take three pieces of candy corn and insert them along the top of the Rolos for the feathers.
- Finally, place your little turkeys in the freezer to solidify for 5 - 10 minutes. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!
Tips & tricks
- These little candy turkeys can be made ahead of Thanksgiving day. Store them in an airtight container until ready to use.
- Make sure you watch your Rolos while in the oven to ensure they don't melt too much.
- Readers say 30 seconds in the microwave will also melt the Rolo candy for your cute turkey. Try it and let us know!
If you're looking for things to entertain the kids on Turkey Day, try these Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids! It's always nice to have something for the kids' table.
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Parchment Paper or Silpat Baking Mat - our personal favorite for all my cookie and candy baking!
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Here's a video of my adorable girls walking you through each step. They're so helpful! I love these two!
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Candy Pretzel Turkey Bites
- parchment paper
- 12 Pretzel Twists
- 36 Pieces of Candy Corn
- 12 Rolos
- 12 Reese's Pieces
- 24 Candy Eyeballs
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper or Silpat baking mat.
- Place pretzels with the salted side down with the double rounded end pointed toward you.
- Unwrap Rolo candies and place them in the center towards the top of the pretzel.
- Place them in the oven until the chocolate softens, about 1 minute.
- Beginning decorating by placing the candy eyeballs towards the middle, slightly towards the top, of the Rolos candy. Take a Reese's Pieces and turn it sideways and insert it below the eyes. Finally, take three pieces of candy corn and insert them along the top of the Rolos for the feathers.
- Place them in the freezer to solidify. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!
- These little turkeys can be made ahead, just store in an airtight container until ready to use.
- Make sure you watch your Rolos while in the oven to make sure they don't melt too much.
I love all the turkey-themed designs. Great food ideas for my kids. They enjoy making things in the kitchen so we'll be trying some of these this week. Thanks for the good ideas.
Thanks for stopping by Edwina! Turkeys become cute when you make them into a Thanksgiving Treat! Enjoy
Catherine Baez Sholl says
I have some very special nieces who would love to make these! Very creative. Found it at Merry Monday Link Party. Pinned
Yep! these are a family favorite!
How long do you keep them in the freezer?
Good question, Amanda. Not long. Just enough time to have them set - like 5 to 10 minutes. Enjoy the recipe!
Ok, I can't get over how adorable these are! My boys would have a blast making these, thanks for the sweet recipe!
Thanks, Megan! These Candy Pretzel Turkey Bites make me smile every time I see them! My girls love making them, so I'm sure your boys will too!
Oh, what a cute little treat!! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
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Kat (The Baking Explorer) says
Wow they are SO cute!!
These are adorable. Can you tell me where you find the candy eyeballs?
Hi Leah. The candy eyeballs were found at our local grocery store. I have also seen them at Target.
Michelle Marttila - Happy Heart Made says
Very cute idea Erin!!
Thanks, Michelle! They turned out cute and the kiddo had a great time making them! Especially my girls!
What am I doing wrong I? For some reason i t figure out how to do it without holding to insert other pieces....
The only thing I can think of is that the role is not melted enough. it's a delicate balance getting them soft, but not too soft, so try playing with the amount of time their in the oven to soften.
Lauren | Ease and Carrots says
Just made these for a holiday potluck at work and my co-workers LOVED THEM! Passing the link along to those that asked as well 🙂
Yay!! I'm so glad, Lauren. They're just too cute to pass up...so I'm sure your co-workers loved them. We'll have them on the Thanksgiving dessert table for sure! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!
Your video is great!!
Thanks, Holly! The girls wanted to "help", so I thought this would be the best way! Fun to work with them a little bit. Kids love to be on video 🙂
Linda at Mixed Kreations says
These are adorable! Would be fun for a child's school party. I bet their yummy too. Got to be with the rolo.
Yes, you are right, Linda! These would be good for a school party! The yummy, gooeyness of the caramel inside the Rolo is wonderful!
First off, these turkeys are adorable. I love how simply they come together and the colors make them so pretty. They almost look too good to eat. Almost, being the operative word in this sentence. Second, your daughters are adorable. They did a great job on the video. Way to show them what you do and how you do it, they are learning some mad skills. Impressive.
Aren't these girls just great! They really wanted to help me and I think their video turned out awesome! They think they'll become internet sensations! Little do they know it will take more than a Candy Turkey video to do that! 🙂
Erin | Stay at Home Yogi says
These are too stinkin' cute! I definitely need to make them for my boys! Plus I'm like you and am candy corn crazy so I love the excuse to buy some! 🙂
This time of year is a great excuse for candy corn!! I think these are too cute, so I just had to make them!! I'm sure your kiddos will love putting them together and then eating them!
Absolutely adorable! Looks like a fun project to do with my 6 yo niece!
Thanks, Sally! This would be a perfect project. Easy, fun and adorable...plus, they taste great! Salty and sweet! Enjoy!
Antonella | White House Crafts says
These are so sweet! Perfect for our Thanksgiving this weekend. I hope you'll share them at The Crafty Corner link party this week 🙂
Yes! Fun to make...fun to eat! This is a good one to do with the kids Thanksgiving week. It's like a craft and treat all-in-one! Enjoy!