Turtles Candy

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtles - Baked pecans covered in a delicious homemade caramel and topped with with melted chocolate! These treats make perfect neighbor gifts for the holidays!

I absolutely adore the combination of chocolate, caramel, and nuts. I have a recipe for Chocolate Pecan Caramels that I simply love, and I don’t know why I have never tried making turtles before. Guys, this Turtles Candy is simply amazing! Better than any turtle candies I have ever purchased. The crunchy pecans, the chewy caramel, the chocolate that melts in your mouth. Simply incredible.

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtles - Baked pecans covered in a delicious homemade caramel and topped with with melted chocolate! These treats make perfect neighbor gifts for the holidays!

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Don’t be intimidated about the candy making process, these turtles are really quite simple to make. You want to start by toasting your pecans. It makes a huge difference in the flavor of the finished product, so don’t skip this step. Just place your pecans on a cookie sheet and bake at 350° for about 10 minutes. They will smell amazing!

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtles - Baked pecans covered in a delicious homemade caramel and topped with with melted chocolate! These treats make perfect neighbor gifts for the holidays!

Before you start making your caramel, you want to arrange your pecans into little clusters. I line my pans with silicone liners, but parchment paper would work too. I like to use 3-4 pecans, depending on size.

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtles - Baked pecans covered in a delicious homemade caramel and topped with with melted chocolate! These treats make perfect neighbor gifts for the holidays!

As soon as your caramel is ready, quickly spoon the hot caramel on top of the clusters, making sure each pecan is covered with some caramel. Don’t worry about perfection, just work fast. If the caramel starts to set up, you can pop it back on the stove for a minute or two.

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtles - Baked pecans covered in a delicious homemade caramel and topped with with melted chocolate! These treats make perfect neighbor gifts for the holidays!

At this point, you can let the caramel set up and add the chocolate later. Or you can add it now. When you are ready, just melt the chocolate and oil in a small glass bowl in the microwave at half power, stirring often. Then spoon a small amount of chocolate on top of each turtle. Use the back of your spoon to make a little swirl in the chocolate as you lift it.

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtles - Baked pecans covered in a delicious homemade caramel and topped with with melted chocolate! These treats make perfect neighbor gifts for the holidays!

Now all you have to do is wait for the chocolate to set up. Be patient, it can take awhile. Mine weren’t totally set up for a couple of hours. Of course, you don’t have to wait that long to eat one! 🙂

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtles - Baked pecans covered in a delicious homemade caramel and topped with with melted chocolate! These treats make perfect neighbor gifts for the holidays!

Homemade Turtles Candy recipe - Baked pecans covered in a delicious homemade caramel and topped with with melted chocolate! These treats make perfect neighbor gifts for the holidays!

Turtles Candy recipe:

Every bite of these homemade caramel turtles is decadent. A perfect treat for chocolate caramel lovers!

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtles Recipe

4.63 from 8 votes
Homemade Turtles Candy recipe - Baked pecans covered in a delicious homemade caramel and topped with with melted chocolate! These treats make perfect neighbor gifts for the holidays!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rest 1 hour
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 36
Calories 6200 kcal
Author on lilluna.com

Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • dash salt
  • 7 oz sweetened condensed milk (half of a 14 oz can)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate chips)
  • 1/2 tsp vegetable oil or shortening

Instructions

  1. Place pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for about 10 minutes or till lightly browned and fragrant. Let cool. Arrange in clusters of 3-4 on silicone liners or parchment paper.

  2. Combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt in a 6 quart pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Add the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla.
  3. Continue cooking and stirring till mixture reaches 235-240 degrees. I like to use the ice water test, it's more accurate. Drop a small spoonful of the hot caramel into a bowl of ice water. When you take it out, you should be able to roll it into a ball. Then it's done.
  4. Quickly spoon the caramel over the pecan clusters, making sure caramel is touching each of the pecans. Let sit to harden.
  5. Melt the chocolate chips and oil in the microwave at half power, stirring often till smooth. Spoon chocolate on top of each layer of caramel. Let sit for 1-2 hours, or till hardened.

-Recipe inspired by Jamie Cooks It Up!

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Mmmmm… These look so carmely and delicious!! They would make an awesome addition to a cookie plate if you’re the type that makes plates of treats for the neighbors during the holidays. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this recipe with us Kara! For more amazingly delicious recipes by her, head over to Creations by Kara!!

And for another treat perfect for the holidays, check this out:

Turtle Thumbprint Cookies

Delicious Turtle Thumbprint Cookies - a chocolate, caramel and nut cookie recipe everyone will love!!

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Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtles - Baked pecans covered in a delicious homemade caramel and topped with with melted chocolate! These treats make perfect neighbor gifts for the holidays!

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  1. My MIL and aunt-in-law make turtles and other amazing chocolate treats every Christmastime and I thought it was a big secret and complicated recipe! WHAT. Now that I’m far from home state, I’ll have to make some up myself. 🙂

    1. I melt chocolate pieces & put small rounds on paper, then I add pecans, then caramel sauce then another dollup of chocolate & put in freezer about 20 minutes. I get chocolate melts at craft store. This way there is a chocolate base for pecans & caramel sauce.

  2. I might just be missing it but I don’t see where the 1/2 tsp vanilla is used in the recipe? Is it added into the caramel mixture before the sweetened condensed milk? These look amazing and much easier than I expected!

  3. The recipe for turtles never adds the Carmel to the corn syrup, brown sugar, etc…….
    What ? ? ? ? ? ?
    So I added Carmel chips anyway with the rest of the ingredients and it is almost to soft and so so so sugary you almost collapse from sugar. They are horrible unless i just can’t cook. But seeing how you screwed the recipe…….. and wasted my money. Send me a reimbursement of $30 please ! ! !

      1. Your recipe didn’t tell her to add caramels pieces that’s what the sweeten condensed milk is for don’t be rude to lil Luna like you quoted u can’t cook don’t blame it on lil Luna.

  4. I made these tonight to bring to out of state friends of ours this weekend as a thank you for hosting us! They look (and taste lol) absolutely amazing! They are also my moms favorite candy whose 88th birthday is next week! I feel another batch coming soon!! Thank you for the incredible recipe (I must say I was tempted to cheat and buy Kraft caramels but I wanted them perfect!)

  5. I have made these twice and both times the caramel has been rather soft. When you pick them up it starts slowly drooping down. I put them in a container in the fridge and as long as they were cold you get them out fairly easily. But as soon as they started getting to room temp, they stuck to each other and you had fight to get them out and the pecans broke. Any suggestions? They taste good but want to make these to put in christmas boxes for friends.

        1. The homemade caramel never set, it was still soft. So I boiled the left over Caramel again to 240-250 deg, and I’ll see what happens… The Caramel is delicious. I put the ones I made in frig, and i will ‘ make Chocolate and hopefully they will be perfect.

  6. Mine are currently setting up and look amazing. I don’t have a candy thermometer and I’ve never been good at the ice water method, so I made an educated guess and took the caramel off The STove when I thought it should be done. Its setting up so I think I guessed right.

    This recipe made a lot! I got just over 4 dozen. I also did some with PECANs and some with cashews instead of pecans.

    I lightly sprinkled coarse salt on top of the chocolate for salted caramel chocolate clusters.
    THANK you for The Recipe!