Thanksgiving might not be the first holiday that comes to mind when you think “candy,” but you don’t have to be bummed out just yet now that Halloween is over. Whether you’re putting leftover candy to use or just want to keep the kids busy on the weekends, there are tons of edible Thanksgiving crafts that will let you get creative and indulge your sweet tooth in one go.
These Thanksgiving candy crafts are perfect for DIY projects, classroom parties, gifts, or even Thanksgiving decorations.
1. Candy Cornucopia
You don’t see too many Thanksgiving cornucopias these days outside of home magazines. That’s why we love this refresh made with candy.
The best thing about this edible Thanksgiving craft is how easy it is to customize. All you need are classic waffle ice cream cones and candy in fall colors (think red, yellow, orange, and brown). You can use any or all of the following candies:
- Reece’s Pieces
- Chocolate chips
- Candy corn
- Or a mix of several treats
Get a full tutorial (including how to curl the ends of the ice cream cones) here.
2. Candy Turkey Bags
Turkey bags make absolutely adorable Thanksgiving party favors, especially for classroom get-togethers. If you’re looking for easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids, this is the perfect choice.
The idea is to create the “body” of the turkey using plastic or mesh bags with candy inside, then build heads from common craft materials (like pipe cleaners and googly eyes). Kids can use their fine motor skills with this edible sensory activity.
This recipe from Clean and Scentsible calls for putting Reese’s Pieces in the body, while this one from Learning2Bloom uses Skittles. But just like with the Candy Cornucopia, you can experiment to find what works for you and your kiddos.
3. Jellybean Pumpkins
These Jellybean pumpkins from Pikadilly Charm use the same concept as turkey bags, calling for mesh netting filled with orange Jellybeans and tied with green pipe cleaners to look like round pumpkins. Easy, adorable, and delicious!
4. Pilgrim’s Hat Cookies
Pilgrim’s hat cookies are super popular edible Thanksgiving crafts, and there are lots of great recipes out there to suit your unique tastes. The basic idea, though, is to use a chocolate-covered marshmallow sat on top of round chocolate cookies. This recipe from Oh So Savvy Mom uses fudge-bottomed shortbread cookies – yum! Just assemble and enjoy.
Don’t like marshmallows? You can also use Reese’s cups for the tops of the hats.
5. Reese’s Turkeys
Speaking of Reese’s, get your peanut-butter-and-chocolate fix with these adorable Reese’s turkeys from Mom On Timeout. Just grab some Reese’s Pieces, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in two sizes, candy eyes, and your appetite.
6. Oreo Turkeys
Ready for a challenge? This recipe for Oreo turkeys from Our Best Bites requires some delicate food architecture skills, so be ready to help the kiddos if you want this to be a family affair. That said, the end result – Oreos, Reese’s cups, whoppers, and candy corn transformed into everyone’s favorite fall bird – is beyond impressive.
7. Reese’s Pieces Turkey Bowl
Okay, enough bite-sized Thanksgiving treats. How about something you can really dig your hands into? The Reese’s Pieces turkey bowl from A Step in the Journey is the perfect Thanksgiving candy craft for classrooms, offices, or anyone who just loves to have a candy bowl around.
It’s also super easy to make – all you need is paper, some googly eyes, a candy bowl, and your own hands. It doesn’t get much better when it comes to edible Thanksgiving crafts.
Love candy crafts? The Candy Club blog has you covered with tons of DIY candy projects, holiday-themed or not. Explore our other articles to unleash your creative side while getting your sugar fix. Prefer to just buy some candy instead? We’ve got you covered there, too.