Monday, December 9, 2019

Homemade Turtle Candy

Give a small box of these as a host or holiday gift and you will be very popular.


  • 96 pecan halves
  • 10 ounces dark chocolate, I used a bag of Nestle Dark Chocolate Morsels
  • 11 ounce bag of Kraft Caramels, unwrapped (the soft kind)
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp evaporated milk


  • Line 2 baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper.
  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Put the pecans on an unlined baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool.
  • Heat 1/2 the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave on high for 1 minute. Remove and stir. Microwave a further 15-30 seconds and stir again until melted and smooth.
  • Drop small amounts of chocolate onto the prepared baking sheets and spread with your spoon to the size of quarters. Top with 4 pecan halves to form the turtle legs. (See photos)
  • You can proceed to the next step immediately or put the tray in the freezer to firm up for 5 minutes.
  • Melt the caramels, butter, and milk in the microwave. Start at one minute, stir, and if necessary heat in 15 seconds increments until smooth. I like to let the caramel cool a little to thicken up before proceeding.
  • Add a small (about 1/2 tsp) dollop of caramel to the top of each turtle.
  • Again, put the tray in the freezer for 5 minutes.
  • Melt the remaining chocolate and add a small amount to the top of each turtle, spreading it around to cover the caramel. I like to give the chocolate a little swirl flourish as I lift up my spoon. Put the tray in the freezer for 5 minutes.
  • The turtles can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator. These will freeze well for longer storage (put them in a heavy duty zip lock freezer bag.)

Variations on these turtle candies ~

  • Use any chocolate you like, including milk or white.

  • Garnish with crushed pecans or sea salt while the final chocolate topping is still wet.

  • Use your favorite spiced pecans for a unique touch.


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