Want to serve the cutest Thanksgiving dessert ever? Make Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispie Treat Turkeys using store-bought cereal treats, milk chocolate, and modeling chocolate.
When I came across an incredibly cute turkey t-shirt that I pinned to my Thanksgiving Crafts and Decor board, I was so inspired to turn it into a fun holiday treat. When I saw the crazy little face on the brown shirt, I instantly knew it needed to be made out of chocolate.
Either unwrap store-bought Rice Krispie Treats or make homemade treats and cut them into rectangles.
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Being I wanted to make sure my turkeys had crazy googly eyes, I chose to make my own out of modeling chocolate (candy clay) which looks like fondant but tastes like chocolate. So, these Chocolate Rice Krispie Treat Turkey Pops taste as great as they look.
If you've never made or used modeling chocolate (candy clay), be sure to check out my Chocolate Making Tips page for a detailed tutorial and my Candy Clay Creations book that's available in ebook or print format.
Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispie Treat Turkeys
- Rice Krispies Treats (store-bought or homemade)
- melted and tempered pure milk chocolate or melted light Cocoa Candy Melts*
- white modeling chocolate, recipe here
- orange, black, and red candy coloring
*You'll use 1-1 ½ ounces of chocolate per cereal treat, but you'll need extra for dipping. I only made three treats and filled a tall glass with about 12 ounces of milk chocolate. I had more than I enough chocolate but needed that much in order to easily dip my treats.
- paper straws, long lollipop sticks, or craft sticks
- baking sheet lined with parchment paper
- non-stick silicone baking mat or use powdered sugar dusted on a cutting board
- fondant rolling pin
- set of round plunger cutters (or use a #4 or 5 pastry tip and round metal cutters)
Dip Rice Krispie Treats in Chocolate
- Dip the tip of your straw, lollipop stick, or craft stick in melted chocolate.
- Push it into one end of the Rice Krispie Treat.
- Allow that chocolate to dry.
- Dip the cereal treat into the melted chocolate.
- Remove and allow all the excess chocolate to drip off.
- Set it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- If using pure milk chocolate, refrigerate for 5-10 minutes until set. If using light cocoa candy melts, freeze for 5-10 minutes.
- Allow the chocolate-dipped cereal treats to come to room temperature before decorating.
Decorate your treats.
- Color some modeling chocolate using red, orange, and black candy coloring.
- See detailed instructions for making and coloring modeling on my Chocolate Making Tips page.
- Using a fondant roller, roll all the colors of modeling chocolate out to about 1/16th of an inch.
- You can roll it out on a non-stick silicone baking mat or on a cutting board lightly dusted with some powdered sugar.
- Use a knife to cut out triangles from the orange for the beaks.
- Pinch off tiny pieces of red and roll into a teardrop, then shape into the Turkey's wattle.
- Use a small round plunger cutter or the tip of a #4 or 5 pastry tip to make the black pupils.
- Cut two different size rounds from the white using plunger cutters or round cookie cutters.
- Very lightly brush the backsides of the black pupils with water and attach them to the white eyes.
- I pressed down on the black pupils, flattening them a bit to get them to the size I liked before attaching them.
- Also, use water to attach the facial features to the chocolate dipped rice cereal treat bars.
How to store your treats.
- These Rice Krispies Treat Turkey Pops can be stored in an airtight container for up to a month.
- Keep them at room temperature away from a direct heat source.
- Package in clear cellophane bags to give as gifts.
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Milk chocolate-dipped marshmallow cereal treats are decorated using modeling chocolate to look like cute and kooky turkeys for Thanksgiving.
- 6 Rice Krispies Treats store-bought or homemade
- 16 ounces melted and tempered pure milk chocolate or melted light Cocoa Candy Melts
- 2 ounces white modeling chocolate
- 1 ounce each of orange, black, and red modeling chocolate
Dip the tip of your straw, lollipop stick, or craft stick in melted chocolate.
Push it into one end of the Rice Krispie Treat.
Allow that chocolate to dry.
Dip the cereal treat into the melted chocolate then remove and allow the excess chocolate to drip off.
Set the chocolate-dipped treat on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
If using pure milk chocolate, refrigerate for 5-10 minutes until set. If using light cocoa candy melts, freeze for 5-10 minutes.
Allow the chocolate-dipped cereal treats to come to room temperature before decorating.
Using a fondant roller, roll all the colors of modeling chocolate out to about 1/16th of an inch.
Pinch off 6 tiny pieces of red and roll them into teardrops, then shape each into the Turkeys' wattles.
Use a small round plunger cutter or the tip of a #4 pastry tip to make the black pupils.
Cut two different sized circles out of the white for each turkey.
Very lightly brush the backsides of the black pupils with water and attach them to the white eyes.
Also, use water to attach the facial features to the chocolate dipped rice cereal treat bars.
Store in an airtight container for up to one month.
This recipe was originally published on Nov 14, 2013.
If you'd like to have the ultimate guide to working with Candy Clay (modeling chocolate) be sure to get your printed or e-book copy of Candy Clay Creations. This 102-page book is filled with tips and tricks for making and working with candy clay along with 17 step-by-step tutorials for decorating cupcakes, cookies, and more using candy clay. It's a fantastic resource for anyone who wants to make festively decorated treats.
Have fun making these Rice Krispie Treat Turkeys for Thanksgiving.
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Karen @ Sugartown Sweets
I thought these little cuties looked familiar! Love your video tutorial! 😊
Thank you! I'm trying to get videos made of my most popular posts and these little guys are in that list.
Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life
I am always so in awe of the adorable desserts you make!
Thanks so much, that is very nice to hear:) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Sophia and I made our version of these cute turkeys! Thanks for being a constant source of joy. Hugs Trisha
I'm so happy to hear you made some of these turkeys. They are so easy and fun. I hope you and Sophia have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
This is such a wonderful idea! Pinning!
Thanks so much, Joy!
These are too cute!! I have to make these for work. They're just too darn stinking cute! Thank you for linking up with #FoodieFridays. Please stop by Friday with another tasty link up and see if you were featured. - Christie http://akitchenhoor.blogspot.com/
Thanks, Christie. I'm sure your coworkers would love to get these treats. I appreciate you stopping by.
These turkey pops look amazing! And a nice easy recipe too, just what we all love to see 🙂 I saw this on the Foodie Fridays link up! I would be delighted if you'd stop by http://picnicnz.blogspot.co.nz/ and add this to the Pure Blog Love link party too!
Thanks so much for stopping by Nicole.
Congrats! I'm just stopping by to let you know that this post was selected as an Editor's Pick for November (yes, we're a bit behind from the holidays!) over at Fun Family Crafts. 🙂 You can see it here http://funfamilycrafts.com/editors-picks-november-2013/
Woo Hoo! Thanks, Amanda. I'm so happy you like these silly lollipops.
Wow, all such great ideas and so cute! I'm forwarding the these rice krispies to my aunt in case she wants to make those for the kiddies.
Birds Cookie Cutters
I love all your cute creations. I love your turkeys. They're adorable!
I have never use modeling chocolate is it hard to use?
Thanks, Kim. Modeling chocolate works just like fondant, only it tastes so much better. It's made using two ingredients, chocolate (or candy melts) and corn syrup. I have the recipe and a great step-by-step tutorial and trouble shooting guide on my Chocolate Making Tips page -> https://hungryhappenings.com/p/chocolate-making-tips.html
Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate
SO CUTE! Pinned 😉 Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for pinning:)
I can't even handle this cuteness!
Those are too cute! I love that they are pretty simple to make as well. At first, I was wondering how the rice krispie treats were so perfectly rectangular and then there was a sigh of relief when I realized they were the pre-made ones!
I was wondering how I would ever be able to cut them so perfectly. Lol
I almost always use store bought Rice Krispies Treats for these types of projects. I figure if I'm dipping them in chocolate, they'll taste just as good as homemade!
Now these I would definitely have time to make for T-Day dessert!
I'm sooo loving these!
SO SO unbelievably adorable!
These are sooo cute! Stopping by from Link Party Palooza. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for stopping by, Hope:)
Who would have thought that square rice Krispie turkeys could be so cute - I love RKT and dipping them
in chocolate makes them the perfect turkey in my eyes! 🙂
I was really happy with not having to shape the crispy treat. It was so easy to just dip and decorate:)
Susan @ Oh My! Creative
Cute Cute Cute!
SO cute! I love them, Beth! Great idea:)