Turkey pretzels are an adorable and tasty no-bake goody for your Thanksgiving festivities. For an added treat, I like to package the turkey pretzels in clear plastic cone-shaped bags topped with decorative ribbon. Your family and friends are sure to proclaim you the star of the show!
Ingredients for the Turkey Pretzels
The turkey pretzels use only store-bought ingredients!
- Chocolate Melting Wafers: I used Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers to coat the pretzel rod and serve as “glue” for the rest of the ingredients.
- Basic Structure: I used a pretzel rod and a chocolate covered cookie. You can use any chocolate covered cookie (or even make your own). However, my cookie of choice was Keebler Fudge Stripes. The top of the cookie is striped, but the bottom is covered in chocolate.
- The Turkey Face: What’s a turkey without eyes? Small candy eyes were perfect for this. For the turkey beak, I cut off the white part of a piece of candy corn. For the wattle, I cut a piece of orange from a piece of candy corn.
- The Feathers: For the feathers, I used pieces of candy corn.
Making the Turkey Pretzels
Actually making the turkey pretzels was relatively easy, albeit a bit time-consuming.
- I coated ¾ of the pretzel rod with melted chocolate wafers. Then, I placed the covered pretzel rod on the center of the chocolate side of the cookie.
- Before the chocolate on the pretzel rod hardens, I placed two candy eyes towards the top. Then I placed the beak and wattle below the eyes.
- Next, I drizzled some melted chocolate around the edges of the cookie. I placed the candy corns with the pointed ends facing out on the melted chocolate to form the feathers.
- Finally, I allowed the chocolate on the turkey pretzels to harden.
Packaging the Thanksgiving Turkey Pretzels
As an added treat and for gifts, I like to package the Thanksgiving Turkey Pretzels.
For the packaging, I used clear plastic cone-shaped bags, rubber bands, curling ribbon and Happy Thanksgiving tags.
- I started by placing the turkey pretzel, rod-end first into the cone-shaped bag.
- Next, I secured the top of the bag with a rubber band.
- Then, I tied white, orange and yellow curled ribbon around the top to hide the rubber band.
- Finally, I tied the Happy Thanksgiving tag onto the bag with the ribbon.
With this recipe, you can make as many or as few of the Thanksgiving Turkey Pretzels as you desire.
For this particular Thanksgiving, I made a total of 14. They were absolutely adorable. Also the packaged Thanksgiving Pretzel Turkeys looked quite professional – at least according to the Master Taste Tester. Yum!
Frequently Asked Questions
I purchased the cone-shaped bags at Michaels. You can also order them online. The size that I used was 12-inches.
Candy eyes come in a lot of different sizes. Because of the size of the pretzel rod, I used small candy eyes that I purchased at a craft store. The diameter of the candy eyes that I used was ¼-inch.
I used Keebler Fudge Stripes that had a diameter of just under 2 ½-inches. You could use other chocolate covered cookies of the same diameter, or even make your own.
You could definitely substitute chocolate almond bark in this recipe.
I actually printed the Happy Thanksgiving tags from clipart that I found online. Then, I used a hole punch to punch a hole in the individual tags.
Thanksgiving Turkey Pretzels
Turkey Pretzels (for 1 turkey pretzel)
- Chocolate Candy Melts
- 1 Pretzel Rod
- 1 Chocolate covered cookie (See Tip 1)
- 2 Small candy eyes (See Tip 2)
- 7 Pieces of candy corn (See Tip 3)
Supplies for Packaging
- 1 Clear plastic cone-shaped bag, 12-inches
- 1 Small rubber band
- White, orange and yellow curling ribbon (See Tip 4)
- 1 Happy Thanksgiving tag (See Tip 5)
- Melt Chocolate candy melts according to package directions until smooth. If necessary, thin melted chocolate with about 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil.
- Coat ¾ of pretzel rod with melted chocolate and place in center of chocolate side of cookie. (See Tip 6)
- Before chocolate hardens, place candy eyes on top portion of chocolate covered pretzel rod. Place beak and wattle cut from piece of candy corn below eyes.
- Drizzle melted chocolate around outer edges of the cookie. Place candy corn on melted chocolate for the feathers.
Packaging the Turkey Pretzels (optional)
- Place turkey pretzel in cone-shaped bag, pretzel end down. Secure top with rubber band. Tie curled ribbon around rubber band.
- Tie Happy Thanksgiving tag on bag with ribbon.
Chula’s Expert Tips
- I used Keebler Fudge Stripes for the cookie with a 2 ½-inch diameter, but you could use whatever chocolate covered cookie would fit the bill.
- Because of the size of the pretzel rod, you need to use small candy eyes. The candy eyes that I used were ¼-inch in diameter.
- The candy corn that I used was relatively large – about 1-inch in length. If your candy corn is smaller, you will need to use more for the feathers.
- I used white, orange and yellow ribbon to match the colors of the candy corn. However, feel free to use whatever ribbon you desire.
- For the Happy Thanksgiving tag, I downloaded a piece of clipart and printed it with an ink-jet printer. Then, I punched a hole in one corner of the tag with a hole punch. You could certainly use whatever tag design you desired or leave it off all together.
- When I placed the pretzel rod on the cookie, I needed something to keep it parallel to the table to ensure that it adhered properly to the cookie. I tried different things and ended up using the handle of a knife. You need to experiment here with what you have available.