Want to keep the kids out from under your toes during the final 30 minutes of preparing “the big meal” on Thanksgiving? We started this tradition of making a popcorn filled “turkey” for the kiddie table for that very reason, and it’s become a staple activity for our family Thanksgiving celebrations! It’s such an important element in our holiday festivities to our kids, that I’m pretty sure I will be making a popcorn turkey every year for the rest of my life! Here’s the step-by-step how-to for this fun, kid-friendly appetizer!
What you need:
- One large brown paper bag- I use a grocery store bag, turned inside out. I rip it every time, but it still works out!
- Two small brown paper lunch bags- for the legs.
- White sheet of paper OR pre-made turkey frills- Amazon is your friend. I’ve used both, but pictured is just scrap paper I cut into 2×3 inch pieces. I fringed them one inch in.
- 16 Cups of popped popcorn- *Tip: If you are popping yours on the stovetop, like me, you can do this up to two hours before serving it. This is usually the time when I have the fewest dishes needing my full attention. Otherwise, you can purchase a large pre-popped bag at the grocery store. I would not recommend the microwave variety, simply because the oils will stain the paper turkey.
- Hot Glue Gun- I use this mini one, which is also great for responsible young helpers to use!
To shape the “drumsticks”, gently reach your hand into one of the small paper bags and pull the corners in. **You can with fill it with popcorn, or leave it air-filled and handle it cautiously. Twist the ends shut and gently hot glue the frill on. Repeat with the other small bag.
Pour remaining popcorn into your large paper bag. Carefully fold the ends in toward the center at an angle, then tuck them under and glue into place. Glue the legs to the sides of the turkey. Snip the center crosswise and serve!
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