So if you read the blog, then you probably know I have a thing for making little people out of candy for the holidays. Witches, Uncle Sam, Santa, Leprechauns, the Harry Potter Gang, Gnomes, American Presidents, and Disney Princesses.
That's A LOT of little people - I may have a slight problem! But since I had yet to do them for turkey day, I figured this was the year to try.
Overall, they are all made in the same way as the little Uncle Sams. You need chocolate Hershey's Chocolate Bells (or you can use Hershey's Kisses too), vanilla Tootsie Rolls, candy melts in various colors (I use Wilton Candy Melts), mini marshmallows, candy coated sunflowers seeds, sprinkles, and edible food writers.
To dip the bodies more easily, I always twist a toothpick into the bottom of the chocolate, then dip it into a shallow dish of the melted candy melt. Add a tiny bit of vegetable shortening to make the candy more smooth. Works like a charm every time.
All the rest of the detail is just done by hand and one little person at a time. The American Indians are one of my fav. To get the skin color a little darker than the vanilla tootsie roll, I colored the round tootsie roll ball with a brown edible food writer, then just rolled it a bit in my hand so the color was more uniform. The feathers are candy coated sunflower seeds. The eyes are made with black food writer and the rest of the detail is all candy melts.
For the pilgrim hat pipe a small disc of candy melt, while still wet, attach a mini marshmallow. Once dried, dip the marshmallow in black candy melt. Once candy is set, add detail with more candy melt or use a large yellow sprinkle.
The turkeys are made with a chocolate tootsie roll as the body and 1/2 of a vanilla tootsie roll as the head. I only melt the tootsie roll candy in the microwave for about 8 seconds, then roll into a ball. Feathers and beak are candy coated sunflower seeds attached with candy melt. Eyes are added with a black food writer. I probably could have added a red sprinkle as the turkey gobble thingee, but I forgot! The pumpkins are just store bought that I scored for cheap after Halloween.
Then just top them on some super yum cupcakes. These are made from a Betty Crocker Spice flavored mix and topped with some homemade cream cheese frosting. They kinda scream Thanksgiving and they are super tasty!
Thanks for indulging yet ANOTHER little people post. Say in a couple months I start going into withdrawals and NEEDED to make more little people. Who would you suggest??!
How's this, if I make your suggestion, I will send them to you! Leave a comment below and tell me who you would love to see in candy form and make sure you leave a way for me to contact you (because if I do make them I will most definitely send you some!). Seriously, I will.
Thanks for swinging by, and have a totally awesome week!!!