This one is just in time for the Holidays! Yeah, I know it's been like a year since I last posted, but hey - take what you can get! These little smores' pops will be perfect for pre or post Thanksgiving parties where there will be lots of kids. I know tons of kids who don't like pumpkin or pecan pie, plus who wants to waste the good stuff on the kids anyway?
Thanksgiving Turkey Smores' Pops
- 1 box honey Graham Crackers
- 5 Extra-Jumbo-Huge Campfire Marshmallows
- 5 regular/large marshmallows
- 1 bag candy corn
- 1 C real chocolate chips
- 1 bag thin pretzel sticks
- Bowl of powdered sugar
- Set of 3 circle cutters - 2", 1", 1/2"(perfect size set available in the cake baking section of Michaels or Hobby Lobby for cutting fondant - they make great regular cookie/small biscuit cutters!)
- Candy melting/icing bag OR quart ziplock
- 20 4" cake pop sticks (optional)
- Cake pop display (optional)
So, just to be clear - this is not a FAST craft/treat. It is, however, an easy one, and you won't need any special skills or knowledge to put these cute little guys together. They are fine at room temperature, and the only possible problem will be the crackers going stale. Wrap the plate or pop stand lightly with several overlapping layers of plastic wrap to keep out the air and they should be fine for a day or 2.
Step One - Melt the Chocolate
Step 2 - Cut out the Graham Crackers
Step 3 - Make The Turkey's Tail
|I hadn't added the legs yet here|
Press 5 candy corns into your semicircle, points down, for the tail. Now, take one thin pretzel stick, break it in half, and make 2 legs sticking out at the bottom. You can do one turkey at a time, or do all the tails then all the legs - it doesn't matter. Chocolate cools slowly. (But only when you're waiting for it to cool. If you need it to stay warm and and soft, it cools too fast... go figure.)
Step 4 - Cut the Marshmallows
Now, go back to your tails. Make another semicircle of chocolate on top of the tips of the candy corn, and another upside-down "V" over the legs. Since these are the highest points, this is the only place the marshmallow will touch. Now gently press a jumbo 'mallow disk onto each tail, roughly lining it up with the cracker. Since it isn't sticky, you can re-round it a bit first from where the scissors flattened it. Hopefully, your tail has cooled enough by now that the candy corn doesn't move out of place, but keep an eye on them anyway.
Step 5 - Add the Pop Stick and Front of Body
|Originally, I tried to stick the legs into the sides of the mallow. No Fun. Gluing them into chocolate worked much better.|
Step 6 - The Rest of the Turkey
|My first 4 Turkeys didn't get sticks. I forgot.|
You'll want to give these guys at least 2 hours to dry. You can check them by picking one up and flexing it gently around the stick - to see if the stick tries to peel out of the chocolate or not. If the chocolate is solid and only the 'mallow stretches, then they are cool enough to place in your pop stand! You'll need to space them out, since they are so much bigger than regular cake pops. Tail-to-tail works well.
These are a lot of work, but not hard. They are pretty crummy to eat, but no more than regular smores - and at least the chocolate and marshmallows aren't squishy! Impress all your friends this Thanksgiving Day with these cute Thankgiving Turkey Smores' Pops!