04 November 2011

It's National Candy Day! What better way to celebrate than to give you a recipe using chocolate chips, fudge-stripe cookies, and lots and lots of candy corn?  I saw these cute little guys in Taste of Home and had to make them for preschool treats.

Groovy Gobblers

1 (12 oz.) pkg semisweet chocolate chips
1 (11 oz.) pkg candy corn
52 fudge-striped cookies
¼ cup butter, cubed
4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies

In a microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. For tails, use a dab of chocolate to attach five candy corns to the chocolate side of half of the cookies in a fan shape; refrigerate until set.

In a large saucepan, melt butter. Add marshmallows; stir over low heat until melted. Stir in cereal. Cool for 10 minutes. With buttered hands, form cereal mixture into 1½” balls.

Remelt chocolate if necessary. Using chocolate, attach the cereal balls to the chocolate side of the remaining cookies. Position tails perpendicular to the base cookies; attach with chocolate. Refrigerate until set.

For feet, cut off white tips from 52 candy corns; discard tips. Attach feet to base cookies with chocolate. Attach one candy corn to each cereal ball for heads. With a toothpick dipped in chocolate, 
dot each sprinkle to make pupils. Let stand until set. 

Store in an airtight container. 

Makes 26 turkeys.

Aren't they adorable?  And pretty tasty too!  I made most of them with regular candy corn, but wanted to see what they looked like with the chocolate kind.  I think I kind of like the chocolate kind better.  

The original recipe called for round white confetti sprinkles for the white part of the eyes, but I couldn't find those.  I melted some white chocolate and freehanded that part. I think in the future I would not even worry about the white part.  Since the candy corn is light colored, I think it would be fine to just put a dot of dark brown for the eyes.

It's kind of funny to see a whole army of little turkeys sitting on your table!

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