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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Turkeys

How cute are these Chocolate Covered Strawberry Turkeys? While they may look like the real thing, their delicious sweet flavor will surprise all of your guests on Thanksgiving Day!

Four chocolate covered strawberry turkeys on white plate with more in background.

When I first saw these chocolate covered strawberry turkeys it took me a few glances to realize that they were actually strawberries.

They looked just like miniature turkeys!

These strawberries may be a labor of love, but their wow factor is well worth the work!

This recipe works because it’s:

  • Tested and tried. After a few failed attempts, I’ve learned all of the tips and tricks to make these chocolate strawberries.
  • Only a few ingredients. You likely have almost all of the ingredients already in your pantry.
  • The perfect dessert for Thanksgiving! I mean come on. Can you think of a more fitting dessert to serve at your holiday dinner??

Step-by-Step Instructions

Ingredients for chocolate strawberry turkeys on white table including marshmallows, pretzels, and chocolate chips.

Wash and dry 9 large strawberries (the berries must be dry or the chocolate won’t stick.) After drying them, place them in the refrigerator to chill.

Broken pretzel sticks on white table with bag of pretzels nearby.

Break 9 pretzel sticks in half and press a mini marshmallow on the top of each pretzel half.

Pretzel sticks with mini marshmallows on top.

Melt 1½ cups (12 ounces) of milk chocolate chips and 1/4 cup (2 ounces) white chocolate candy wafers together in a microwave-safe dish for 30 seconds. Stir and continue heating for 15 seconds at a time until the chocolate is completely melted.

Melted chocolate chips in white measuring cup.

Add a small amount of chocolate to the side of each marshmallow and press it onto the side of each strawberry one at a time. Hold the marshmallow in place until it sticks (about 15-30 seconds).

Place the strawberries on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and place them in the refrigerator to set.

Nine strawberries with pretzel legs stuck to the side on parchment paper.

Once the chocolate on the strawberries is set, remove the strawberries from the refrigerator and press a skewer into the middle of one strawberry.

Reheat the chocolate for 15 seconds at a time until it’s completely melted again.

Carefully cover one strawberry at a time with the chocolate, being sure to coat all of the strawberry, marshmallows, and pretzels. Gently shake the excess chocolate off and place the strawberry on the parchment paper.

Hands hold strawberry on skewer that's been dipped in chocolate.

Place the strawberries in the refrigerator to set. The chocolate is hard when it’s no longer shiny.

Melt 1/4 cup (2 ounces) of white chocolate candy wafers in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds. Stir and continue heating for 15 seconds at a time until the chocolate is completely melted.

Once the strawberries are set, spoon a little white chocolate on the tip of each pretzel to look like a turkey leg bone.

Melted white chocoalte in bowl with chocolate strawberry turkeys on parchment paper.

Allow all of the white chocolate to harden and serve.

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

Chocolate dipped strawberry turkeys on white plates with feathers and kitchen towel all on table.

These chocolate strawberry turkeys take a lot of steps, so be patient with the process.

Make sure your strawberries are extra dry before you try to attach the pretzels or they won’t stick.

I made the mistake of putting my chocolate directly in a small Crock Pot to keep it warm and smooth for melting and it got too hot! It melted the chocolate from the marshmallows off while I was covering the strawberries.

If you want to keep your chocolate melted without having to continually use the microwave, you can put the chocolate in a glass measuring cup and put that in a large Crock Pot filled with warm water. This should keep the chocolate melted without making it too hot.

You can also see my tips below for what to do if your chocolate isn’t thin enough and what to do if your pretzel legs fall off!

Be gentle and thorough when you are dipping the entire strawberry. You don’t want the legs to fall off and you need to make sure to coat all of the strawberry and pretzels so everything is covered. Spin and tip the strawberry all around to make sure the chocolate reaches all of the creases.

Hold the strawberry over the chocolate until all of the excess has dripped off. This will make sure there’s not a huge puddle of chocolate under the strawberry that has to be broken off once it’s hardened.

If you have leftover chocolate from dipping, you can pour it into an airtight container or spread it out onto the parchment paper to harden. Put it in a Ziploc bag and store it in the fridge once it’s hardened. You can use the leftover chocolate for:

  • Chocolate chip cookies, brownies, or other baked goods
  • Hot chocolate
  • Melting and dipping fruit, pretzels, or cookies in
  • Making a ganache

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FAQs

Four chocolate strawberry turkeys on white plate and gold charger.
My chocolate is very thick and it’s hard to coat the strawberries. What can I do?


If you are using chocolate chips, you can add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, canola oil, or shortening to the chips (preferably before you melt them). This should give the chocolate a thinner consistency that will make it easier to coat the strawberries with.

If you would like to skip the chocolate chips you can use chocolate baking bars or candy wafers to get a smoother consistency.

The pretzel legs are falling off the strawberries. Help!


If your pretzel legs are falling off when you’re sticking them to the strawberry, make sure the strawberry is completely dry.

Hold the pretzels in place for 15-30 seconds to ensure the chocolate has hardened. You should also put the strawberries in the refrigerator to chill before dipping them in the chocolate.

If the pretzel legs are falling off while you’re dipping the strawberries, it’s likely that the chocolate is too hot. Let the chocolate cool before dipping any more strawberries.

For the pretzel legs that fall in the chocolate, you can remove them with a spoon or some small tongs and then let them dry on the parchment paper. Stick them to the strawberry with a little melted chocolate once everything has dried and no one will know!

I hope your family loves these chocolate covered strawberry turkeys! If you make them, be sure to take a picture and tag me on Instagram with @ashcroftfamilytable and use the hashtag #ashcroftfamilytable!

 

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Four chocolate covered strawberry turkeys on white plate with more in background.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Turkeys

The Ashcroft Family Table
How cute are these Chocolate Covered Strawberry Turkeys? While they may look like the real thing, their delicious sweet flavor will delight all of your guests on Thanksgiving Day!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 9 strawberries
Calories 239 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 9 large strawberries
  • 9 pretzel sticks
  • 18 mini marshmallows
  • 1 ½ cups milk chocolate chips, 12 ounces
  • ½ cup white chocolate candy wafers, divided, 4 ounces
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil, if needed

Instructions
 

  • Wash and dry the strawberries (the berries must be dry or the chocolate won't stick.) After drying them, place them in the refrigerator to chill.
  • Break pretzel sticks in half and press a mini marshmallow on the top of each pretzel half.
  • Melt milk chocolate chips and 1/4 cup (2 ounces) white chocolate candy wafers together in a microwave-safe dish for 30 seconds. Stir and continue heating for 15 seconds at a time until the chocolate is completely melted.
  • Add a small amount of chocolate to the side of each marshmallow and press it onto the side of each strawberry one at a time. Hold the marshmallow in place until it sticks (about 15-30 seconds).
  • Place the strawberries on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and place them in the refrigerator to set.
  • Once the chocolate on the strawberries is set, remove the strawberries from the refrigerator and press a skewer into the middle of one strawberry.
  • Reheat the chocolate for 15 seconds at a time until it's completely melted again.
  • Carefully cover one strawberry at a time with the chocolate, being sure to coat all of the strawberry, marshmallows, and pretzels. Gently shake the excess chocolate off and place the strawberry on the parchment paper.
  • Place the strawberries in the refrigerator to set. The chocolate is hard when it's no longer shiny.
  • Melt the remaining 1/4 cup (2 ounces) of white chocolate candy wafers in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds. Stir and continue heating for 15 seconds at a time until the chocolate is completely melted.
  • Once the strawberries are set, spoon a little white chocolate on the tip of each pretzel to look like a turkey leg bone.
  • Allow all of the white chocolate to harden and serve.

Notes

If your chocolate is thick try these tricks:
  • If you are using chocolate chips, you can add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, canola oil, or shortening to the chips (preferably before you melt them). This should give the chocolate a thinner consistency that will make it easier to coat the strawberries with.
  • If you would like to skip the chocolate chips you can use chocolate baking bars or candy wafers to get a smoother consistency.

Nutrition

Serving: 1strawberryCalories: 239kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 0.2gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.03gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.04gSodium: 13mgPotassium: 132mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 0.1mg
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