Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thanksgiving Candy

Do you really need to fill a candy dish full of candy so soon after Halloween? I do. I like to have candy around for all occasions. It’s good for the kids and for adults who don’t care for pumpkin pie.

Here is a list of some of the candies I like to have around for Thanksgiving: candy corn, Melocream Pumpkins, Melocream Autumn Mix, chocolate turkeys, and orange and black jelly beans. There are also harvest or autumn themed M&Ms, Hershey’s Kisses, and other treats. They look pretty and festive and can be used to decorate cupcakes, cookies, cakes, Rice Krispie treats, and other desserts.
It is also fun to make treats out of candy.

Pilgrim Hats are easy to make and are a fun activity for children. You simply place a small drop of frosting on a round chocolate covered cookie and place a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup on top. Draw a ring around the hat with a square if you‘d like your hats to have a buckle or simply attach an orange m&m or tic-tac with a drop of frosting. I found this idea in Woman's Day magazine years ago and we make every year.

Oreo Cookie Turkeys are fun to make and can help use up your Halloween candy.
24 Oreo Double Stuff cookies
12 miniature peanut butter cups
12 malted milk balls
1 cup candy corn
4 ounces chocolate frosting
4 ounces white frosting
red food coloring.
Place one Oreo cookie as the base. Put one teaspoon of chocolate frosting on top. Place one small peanut butter cup on its side so that the top and bottom are perpendicular to the base -- and stuck in the frosting. Place a teaspoon of chocolate frosting on the top(widest part) of the p-butter cup. For the second cookie. Stick some candy corn into the oreo 'stuff' along one edge for the feathers -- pointy side down. They should fan out around the edge. If you have trouble doing this, you can help them stick with some white frosting. Place this second oreo cookie (the tail) on it's edge and sticking to a dab of brown frosting on the back of the peanut butter cup. Place a dab of chocolate frosting on top of the peanut butter up (for the head). Place a malted milk ball on top for the head. Take a small amount of the white frosting in a separate dish. Mix in red food coloring. Use a toothpick with the white and red colors to place eyes, and wattle. You can pinch off the small pointy top of a candy corn and dip it in brown frosting for the beak. This recipe and picture comes from

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