Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Turkey Pops! A Fun Thanksgiving Treat!

So we were at a Fall Festival and they had these adorable Turkey Pops at the bake sale.  My almost 4 year old wanted them to be the "kids only" dessert at Thanksgiving so we set out to replicate them last night and they came out adorable!  If you want to try this activity here is how I did it!

Materials Needed:
Chocolate Candy Coating
Round Cookie or cracker (1 per turkey)
Eyes (2 per turkey)
Candy Corn (6 pieces per turkey)
Cake Pop Sticks
Cellophane Bags
Ribbon or twisty ties

Bake your favorite cake!  We made chocolate (and we cheated and used a boxed cake mix!) Let the cake cool.  Once cool crumble the cake into a large bowl.  Mix in one recipe of your favorite icing.  Again, we used chocolate!  I found it easier to work with the cake mixture once it had chilled for about an hour.  Form the cake mixture into 1 1/2" balls.  If you have a cake pop pan you can use it to shape the balls but if you don't that is okay- just roll into balls with  your hands.  Freeze the cake balls for at least 1 hour (I froze mine overnight).

When you are ready to dip your cake balls melt chocolate coating in either the microwave or double boiler.  I found it easier to heat in a double boiler.  Take your cookie or cracker and cover one side with chocolate.  I used the chocolate side of a Keebler Fudge Striped cookie so I didn't need to cover the whole cookie- only the top half.  Arrange 4-5 pieces of candy corn around the top half of the cookie/cracker to make the tail feathers.  Next put a pop stick into your frozen cake balls.  Dip and cover the cake with chocolate.  Set the ball on top of the tail feathers so the stick is pointing down.  Add a candy corn for a beak and two eyes.  Repeat for each turkey pop.  Allow turkey pops to cool and put into cellophane bags.  To display you can cover a block of Styrofoam or aqua-foam with paper and stick pops in!  I will add this picture later today!  I have to run to the store to get the foam!  Hope you enjoy this project!!! It takes about an hour to make the cake balls and then another hour to put them together.  I found it easier to make all the tail feathers and then start dipping the cake balls and adding the eyes and beak!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!