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

Turtle Candy Recipe

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


  • 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


  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.
Nutrition Facts
Turtle Candy Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 6200 Calories from Fat 3492
% Daily Value*
Fat 388g597%
Saturated Fat 128g800%
Cholesterol 352mg117%
Sodium 1413mg61%
Potassium 2246mg64%
Carbohydrates 680g227%
Fiber 35g146%
Sugar 633g703%
Protein 57g114%
Vitamin A 4140IU83%
Vitamin C 10.1mg12%
Calcium 1317mg132%
Iron 12.8mg71%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.