Turtle Candies get their name from their whimsical turtle shape. The combination of toasted pecans, soft caramel and smooth chocolate is impossible to resist. If you're looking for a more elegant variation of this candy, try my recipe for Turtle Cups.
Don't miss the video that goes along with this recipe showing how to make turtles!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
- 12 ounces of unwrapped soft caramels, homemade or store-bought
- 6 oz (about 1.5 cups) toasted pecan halves
- 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate or chocolate chips
1. Prepare a cookie sheet by covering it with aluminum foil and spraying it with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Arrange the pecans in clusters of 4 with each pecan pointing in a different direction (like turtle legs).
3. Unwrap the caramels and place them in a microwave-safe bowl. If they are very stiff, add a spoonful of water so the final product will be softer. Microwave them until melted, stirring after every 30 seconds.
4. Allow the caramel to cool slightly, then use a spoon to drop a spoonful of caramel over the pecan clusters. They are meant to be a rustic candy, so don't worry about keeping the turtles round or about having some of the pecans poking through.
5. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave or over a double boiler. Spoon the melted chocolate over the caramel layer.
6. Allow the turtle candies to set fully, either at room temperature or in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week, but bring them to room temperature before serving so the caramel can soften.