Fun Thanksgiving Desserts Ideas

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Thanksgiving Desserts

On Thursday 25th November, households across America will gather to celebrate a day of thanks. The Thanksgiving holiday celebrates a feast shared by English pilgrims and Native American tribes in 1621, with families today using the day to have a meal with their loved ones and share everything they’re thankful for. 

While Thanksgiving isn’t one of the English holidays, some people like to celebrate it because it doesn’t involve British land. However, many schools celebrate the message of sharing resources by getting involved with the harvest festival. 

So, if you feel like it’s time for you and the family to show what you’re thankful for - or just want an excuse to enjoy a delicious meal. 

Here are some dessert ideas to make Thanksgiving a day to remember. 

Rice Crispy Lollipops

Nothing beats a rice crispy treat - and they’re so easy to make. All you need for this idea is rice crispies, milk chocolate and some moulding chocolate. To make the process even simpler, you can buy rice crispy squares and cut them into small sections. 

Take a lollipop stick and gently push it into each square treat. You don’t need to use much force, but try to make it secure. Melt some milk chocolate in a pan, and pour it into a tall glass. You’ll need the space for dipping. 

Dip each treat into the glass, let the excess chocolate drip off, then place it on a greaseproof baking tray. Place the tray in the fridge and leave for up to 10 minutes or until the chocolate is solid. 

While the treats are cooling, you can make decorations out of moulding chocolate or fondant icing if you want to save time. Thanksgiving is all about turkey, so a fun animal-themed design would be good, but you can do whatever you want with the treats. 

Kids will love them, and you’ll have a cost-effective go-to treat that you can decorate for all occasions. 

Air Fried Apple Fritters

Air Fried Apple Fritters

In recent years the air fryer has become a staple in the typical household. Not only does it enable you to make fried treats without the risks of hot oil splashes, but it’s also a lot healthier than traditional deep fat frying. 

These apple fritters taste delicious, are healthier than you might think and embody everything an autumn dessert should be. 

We found this simple recipe from Taste of Home, but feel free to adapt it by adding different ingredients.

Bugs in the Mud 

Inspired by the classic TGI Friday’s worms in mud dessert, kids are sure to love this disgustingly tasty dessert. You can customise it however you want, but we recommend using chocolate mousse to make the mud. 

Then, all you need to do is find some jelly sweets and stick them into the desert. Tiny jelly snakes work perfectly, or you can go all out with a layered effect. 

Take some Oreo cookies and crush them into tiny pieces. Place them in the bottom of a dessert jar, over the top of a Haribo yellow belly snake. Then, layer a mixture of caramel and chocolate mousse over the top and push tiny jelly snakes into the top mousse layer. 

Not only is this dessert so easy to make, but kids will also love the surprise at the bottom. You might find that the adults get jealous! 

The Fondue 

Fondue set

It doesn’t matter how old we get; the classic fondue will always have a place in our hearts. The recipes are simple, versatile and delicious, so it’s time to rescue your old set from the back of your cupboard and get ready to spread some Thanksgiving joy. 

Chocolate is always a popular fondue option, but why not try a caramel apple fondue? It’s straightforward to make and tastes delicious. 

Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • 80g of butter 
  • 250g of packed brown sugar 
  • 1 tin of condensed, sweetened milk 
  • 125g light corn syrup 
  • 2 tbsp of water 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • A whole lot of apples 

Use a saucepan to boil the butter, sugar, milk, water and corn syrup until it forms a caramel-like consistency. Remove from the heat and stir in your vanilla. Then, place into the fondue pot and cut up your apples. 

Then, enjoy. It’s that simple (and equally delicious). 

Pick and Mix Stand 

loose sweets - pick and mix stand

Both kids and adults love pick and mix sweets, so if you’re looking for a simple Thanksgiving dessert, setting up a homestand could be the ideal solution. All you’ll need is some paper bags and a selection of favourite confectionery, including foam sweets, jellies and hard-boiled candy. 

At Appleton Sweets, we regularly supply households with a range of delicious sweets at low prices. You can choose between Haribo, traditional bonbons and sherbets, chocolate mice, foam sweets, and so much more. 

Need some help choosing the right sweets? Here are the top 50 pick and mix sweets from our website. Everything on this list is a best seller and is sure to please. 

Good Old Cut Out Cookies 

Cut out cookies are so easy to make, and they’ll always be a favourite among younger children. You can make them more Thanksgiving-themed by using turkey and pumpkin cookie cutters or go for a woodland theme. 

Use icing to decorate the cookies, or let the children decorate their own. We found this recipe through Taste of Home

Pumpkin Milkshake

While pumpkins aren’t well known in the UK, they’re a staple in every American household. So, if you want a simple yet tasty Thanksgiving treat, we recommend the pumpkin milkshake, which is full of flavour. 

All you need is a blender, pumpkin, sugar, spices, ice cream and orange juice. Click here for the recipe, and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed. 

The Wrap Up

Hopefully, this post gives you some great ideas about how to celebrate Thanksgiving in style. These recipes are sure to spread some joy, but if you’d rather enjoy the day, then we have a range of USA themed chocolate, including the beloved Reese’s, which combines creamy peanut butter and chocolate for the ultimate treat. 

Don’t forget to check out our post on favourite Halloween sweets to stock. We go through a list of the best-selling Halloween sweets that are sure to make a shocking impact.
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