These Pretzel Turkey Treats are easy to make and just darling! They’re a fun way to keep the kids busy during Thanksgiving dinner.
This adorable Turkey Treats recipe serves 24 and costs about $7.32 to make. That’s only $0.31 per serving. They add a fun addition to any dessert table alongside your traditional favorites like Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pecan Pie, and Apple Pie.
We all know Thanksgiving is all about the food. From the turkey to the mashed potatoes, to the cranberry salad. We love it all! But one of our other favorite parts about Thanksgiving is setting the table.
We love to decorate the table for this special occasion. One fun way to do this is to make these Turkey Treats for each place setting. These are not just for the kid’s table! Adults love them too!
If you are not hosting this year, these are also fun to bring for the dessert table as an option for those who do not like pie (gasp!). These Turkey Treats would also be fun to make for a school party or bring to a potluck.
They are incredibly easy to make and are a no-bake dessert. The kids love to help assemble them as well. The pretzel’s salty bite, along with the sweet chocolate, really makes the perfect festive treat for Thanksgiving!
Can I use chocolate chips for melting?
Yes! Chocolate chips are perfect for melting because they are already in small bits, allowing them to melt quickly and evenly.
How do you melt chocolate chips for dipping in the microwave?
Melting chocolate in the microwave is the quickest and most convenient way to melt chocolate. However, be sure to melt it in increments as you can easily burn the chocolate if you cook it for too long. We recommend melting it in 30-second increments to be able to stir often and check the chocolate frequently.
How much will this Turkey Treats recipe cost to make:
RECIPE COST: $7.32 or $7.08 if substituting candy corn
PRICE PER SERVING: $0.31
- 24 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – $2.64
- 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips – $0.69
- 24 pretzels – $0.24
- 48 candy eyes – $2.47
- Orange Reese’s Pieces – $0.32
- Leaf Sprinkles – $0.96
- Candy Corn – $0.72
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How to make Turkey Treats recipe:
STEP ONE: First, unwrap Reese’s cups and set aside. Then melt the chocolate chips until smooth. After the chocolate is melted, transfer it to a zippered bag and cut off the tip. Put some chocolate on top of Reese’s cup and attach the pretzel.
STEP TWO: Flip the Reese’s over and put three dots of chocolate for the eyes and nose. Place two candy eyes and an orange Reese’s Pieces over the chocolate dots.
STEP THREE: Then create the turkey’s wattle by placing a red leaf sprinkle on one side of the Reese’s Pieces.
STEP FOUR: Finally, on the Reese’s backside, put some chocolate on the pretzel, and attach three-leaf sprinkles.
How long is it good for:
Serve & Store: Store the turkey treats in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Freeze: Place the finished turkey treats in a freezer-safe plastic container and freeze for up to 60 days.
The Flavor and Recipe Variations
Any fall leaf sprinkles will do for these treats. We found some options here and here. You can also substitute candy corn for the three leaves across the top. Below are pictures of the different decorating ideas.
How to get the kids involved with this recipe:
Ages 2-3: Have your little one help unwrap the Reese’s cups. They can also help lay out the pretzels for attaching to the Reese’s cups.
Ages 4-5: Your child will love helping you assemble the turkeys. Have him/her place the sprinkles after you put on the chocolate glue.
Ages 6-8: Let your kiddo assemble the turkeys on their own. They will love being able to be creative.
Ages 9-11: Supervise them while they prepare the entire recipe. Remember to have them read it twice before beginning the recipe.
Ages 12+: Let them prepare the entire recipe, unsupervised, while you do the happy dance in the corner!
More fun Desserts:
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Bon Bons
- 4th of July Poke Cake
- Brownie Cookies
- Chocolate Glazed Biscuit Donuts
- Cheesecake Fruit Salad
- Chick-Fil-A Copycat Frosted Lemonade
- Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookies
- Death by Chocolate Poke Cake
- Halloween Snack Mix
- Chocolate Wacky Cake
- Oreo Ice Cream Cake
- Overnight Cinnamon Rolls
- Mini Apple Pies
- Snickers Salad
- microwave-safe mixing bowl
- Wooden spoon
- Ziploc bag
- 24 Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
- ½ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 24 mini Pretzels
- 48 Candy eyes
- 24 Orange Reese’s Pieces
- Leaf sprinkles
- Unwrap Reese’s Cups, this helps the process to go faster and the chocolate “glue” not to harden.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, heat chocolate chips in 30-second increments until chocolate is melted and smooth.
- Use a spoon to transfer the melted chocolate to a zippered bag and cut the tip off for easy use (and less mess).
- On a plate or parchment paper, start by putting some chocolate on the top of the Reese’s Cup and then attach the pretzel's narrow end onto the Reese’s.
- Flip the Reese’s over so that the pretzel is on the bottom.
- Put three dots of chocolate for the two eyes and nose.
- Place 2 candy eyes and an orange Reese’s Pieces over the chocolate dots to secure in place.
- On one side of the Reese’s Pieces, put a red leaf sprinkle to create the turkey's wattle.
- On the Reese’s backside, put some chocolate on the pretzel and attach three leaf sprinkles (any color).
- Let treats cool completely. Enjoy!
- How many treats you can make from the chocolate depends on how much chocolate you use to attach each piece.
- You can double or triple the recipe depending on how many treats you need.