Thanksgiving turkey treats

This weekend my boys and I made a test run of the Thanksgiving turkey treats that will grace our kid table this year.

They’re super simple to make. I have an entire box of Rice Krispies Treats left over from my oldest son’s robot birthday party treats, so we started there. Next we rooted through our Halloween candy and came up with just the right color Starbursts and mini REESE’S cups.

For my youngest son, with dairy and egg allergies, I’ll make the Rice Krispies Treats from scratch using Smart Balance Original Light Butter, the Original Light part is important because some of the others have dairy, and substitute the REESE’S cup for another Starburst. And I always use Pillsbury white frosting.

Ever heated and molded Starbursts before?! I have! And you can make so many fun things in a ton of colors. So first, heat each individual square in the microwave (on its wrapper) for eight seconds. Lightly (you don’t want it wet because it will take the candy forever to dry) dampen your wax paper and your roller with water so that the candy doesn’t stick, then roll the candy out. 

I used one of my snowflake cookie cutter tips to make the feathers.

 Now assemble:

  • Insert a lollipop stick in your Rice Krispies Treats,
  • Attach your turkey’s face (aka REESE’S cup) with a dot of icing,
  • Add two dots of icing and two black sprinkle dots (from my Halloween mix) for the eyes,
  • Pipe on a triangle for the beak and little feet,
  • Attach the Starburst feathers and
  • Twist a small piece of the leftover Starburst to make the turkey’s gobbler

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! Happy Monday!

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Kim Byers, creative director & owner of The Celebration Shoppe. Her work has been featured in Parents, Better Homes and Gardens, All You, Pregnancy, iVillage, Huffington Post and many others. Kim is also a contributing writer for Kellogg's Snackpicks and Parade magazine, as well as craft contributor for JoAnn.

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  1. 1

    Thanks Kim, I love this idea and never thought of molding Starburst before. I will have to find a substitute for the turkey face as my son is allergic to peanuts. Can’t wait to try this fun activity out. Thanks!

  2. 2

    So cute and easy. I “heart” easy! :)

  3. 3

    Love the Starburst idea. It seems we always have them and they come in so many colors. Fun project with the kiddos. Thanks!

  4. 4

    Those are just adorable … might have to add those to my kid table as well!

  5. 5

    Too cute! I love them and will be featuring soon.

  6. 6

    LOVE these! So stinkin’ cute and they look easy, too! I’d love to have you share on {Not So} Tough Tuesday’s on One Tough Mother:

    Hope to see you there!

  7. 7

    LOVE your treat ideas!! So cool!

  8. 8

    Love these! Just shared them today on our Fun Finds Friday….

  9. 9

    Wow..Your set up looks amazing..Perfect turn out and soo festive for the season.. I would LOVE for you to please share it via my thanksgiving linky party pweease. – TY — wishing you an amazing start to your week..

  10. 10

    ps: did you unwrap and heat or..? and in the wrapper they came in..? (star bursts) — I can’t get over these.. AMAZING..

  11. 11

    These are so much fun, I found you on tip junkie! I am having a Turkey SHow off Party on my blog this party, and would love for you attend! We have fun prizes that will be given away randomly!


  12. 12

    Does anyone have any suggestions for something to use other than starburst candies? This is really cute and my kids would love it, but I don’t give them artificial colors/chemicals.

    • 13

      Jean – I wish I had another good idea for you, but I can’t think of any food items to substitute. Maybe paper feathers? If you make them another way I’d love to see them! Thanks so much for stopping in!

    • 14

      I know this is a year later, but you could try homemade fruit leather with apricots, peaches, strawberries or raspberries, etc.

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