Fun & Easy Caramel Turkey Edible Thanksgiving Craft

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Looking for a fun and easy craft for this Thanksgiving? Let me introduce you to something special: Edible Caramel Turkeys! I’ve never been much for crafts, but who can resist a craft you can eat? This Thanksgiving, let’s bring a dash of creativity to the table with these adorable and edible caramel turkeys.

They’re not just a fun turkey craft for the kid’s table, no, the whole family will enjoy this simple and tasty activity. So, why not add some sweet fun to your traditional feast and family gathering with this enjoyable kitchen craft?

Crafting Edible Caramel Turkeys: A Sweet Addition to Your Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving Day is synonymous with traditional feasts and family gatherings, but it’s also a perfect time for some creative fun in the kitchen. This year, why not add an extra bit of joy to your dinner table with these cute turkey treats. My kids absolutely LOVE doing these little turkeys! I love doing adorable activities with the little guys and having edible thanksgiving crafts is so much fun!

What you’ll love about this recipe:

  • KID FRIENDLY – It’s a FUN & EASY enjoyable craft for both kids and adults
  • SIMPLE INGREDIENTS – Just caramels and creativity needed!
  • TASTY TREAT – They’re as delicious as they are cute!
Turkeys made out of caramel candy.
Edible Thanksgiving caramel turkey. Easy and fun Thanksgiving craft for kids.

What You’ll Need:

  • Caramels: Soft and moldable caramels are the main ingredient. Kraft Caramels are a popular choice​​.
  • Microwave: To soften the caramels just enough to shape them​​.
making caramel turkeys, beginning step

Steps to Create Your Edible Turkey Craft:

making caramel turkeys, how to make the body
making caramel turkeys, making the turkey arms step
making caramel turkeys, attaching legs step
making caramel turkeys, making turkey wings
  1. Prepare the Caramels: Warm 3 caramels in the microwave for about 10 seconds. They should be soft but not melted – just right for molding​​.
  2. Shape the Turkey: Roll 2 and 1/2 caramels into a smooth ball, then gently squeeze one end to form a teardrop shape for the turkey’s body​​.
  3. Form the Legs: Split a half piece of caramel into two larger pieces and two smaller ones. Roll the larger pieces into balls and shape them into turkey legs, attaching them to the body​​​​.
  4. Add the Arms: Roll the smaller pieces into thin ropes, shape them into an “S,” and place them on the sides of the turkey’s body to represent arms​​.
making caramel turkeys, making turkey arms
making caramel turkeys, Attaching the formed turkey wing/arm
making caramel turkeys, final step

Finishing Touches:

  • Freeze for Firmness: Briefly placing the turkeys in the freezer helps them set fully, ensuring the limbs don’t droop​​.
  • Presentation: For a creative Thanksgiving dessert presentation, you can arrange a delightful array of themed cupcakes. Place your caramel turkeys on cupcakes with green frosting to mimic a grassy field. Alongside them, feature cupcakes designed to look like mashed potatoes with gravy, as well as ones resembling peas and carrots. Add some classic dessert cupcakes to the mix for variety. It’s a fun way to bring some extra cheer to your holiday meal!
Thanksgiving cupcakes. Edible Thanksgiving meal made into dessert.
5 from 11 votes

DIY Caramel Turkeys

Here's a FUN & EASY edible Thanksgiving craft that people of all ages will love!
Prep Time5 minutes
Active Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crafts with kids, DIY, edible craft, thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Crafts
Yield: 1 Turkey
Author: Vicky


  • Microwave


  • 2 1/2 pieces caramels


  • Warm 3 caramels in the microwave for about 10 seconds. They should be soft and moldable, if not place back in the microwave on 3 seconds
  • Take 2 and 1/2 of the caramels and roll them into a smooth ball. Gently squeeze one end of the ball on the sides (in a tear shape). Set onto a bit of plastic wrap (or just use one of the caramel wrappers) so it won’t stick to your work surface
  • Now, take the remaining half piece of caramel.  Break it into 4 pieces – two bigger pieces and 2 smaller ones
  • Roll the 2 larger pieces into balls and then shape into your turkey legs. Gently press these onto the end of the turkey body you pressed in.
  • Take the 2 smaller balls and roll them into a thin rope. Position the rope into an “S” shape. Gently place these where the turkey’s arms would go on the sides of the body.


*This “recipe” will make 1 Caramel Turkey. If you want to make more, use 2 1/2 caramels per turkey.

*I’ve been doing this “recipe” for several years now, so I’m not sure where it originated from.

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  1. 5 stars
    Ohhhh my gosh! These caramel turkeys are the cutest thing I’ve seen! My kids are going to absolutely love these – I’m going to make them as a surprise to serve with dessert on Thanksgiving!

  2. 5 stars
    I must make those for my guest at Thanksgiving. What a fantastic idea and super easy to make.
    Thank you for the inspiration.

  3. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! These are too cute and they were so fun to make. This is definitely going to become a Thanksgiving tradition in our household.

  4. 5 stars
    These are so cute! It’s so simple but I’d never think of this on my own. Such a great idea for Thanksgiving!

  5. 5 stars
    These little turkey caramels look fantastic! My nieces will love making these! Your recipe is easy and fuss-free. Everything about it is perfect. Thank you for such a beautiful idea!

  6. 5 stars
    This cracked me up so much coming across these little caramels, I had to try them. Came out just like the picture 🙂 They will be on my Thanksgiving table for sure!

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