Chocolate Turtles is the perfect holiday candy. It is loaded with sweet and salty flavor and made with simple ingredients.

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Easy Homemade Chocolate Turtles Recipe:

Chocolate Turtle candy is the ultimate holiday treats. You only need 5 simple ingredients and the Turtle candies are always a crowd favorite. Pecans, chewy caramel and delicious chocolate make these candies amazing.

We love making homemade candy for the holidays. They are easy to add to your dessert table or wrap up for holiday gifts. Since this candy only requires a few ingredients they are also budge friendly.

The sweet and salty flavor of this holiday candy is easy to make. Homemade caramel turtles are incredibly delicious. Once you try making your own chocolate turtles, you’ll become addicted.

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What are Chocolate Turtles?

The reason they are called chocolate turtles as they resembled a turtle when they are made. It is loaded with nuts, caramel, and chocolate.

Chocolate turtles is a staple holiday candy.

pecan halves, caramels, heavy whipping cream, melting chocolate, sea salt

Ingredients: 

  • Pecan Halves 
  • Caramels 
  • Heavy Whipping Cream 
  • Semi-Sweet Melting Chocolate 
  • Sea Salt 

How to Make Chocolate Turtles: 

  • Step 1 – Prepare Pan – Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Place 5 pecan halves in a cluster in a star shape onto the baking sheet. 
Placing the pecans on a baking sheet
  • Step 2 – Melt Caramels – Place the caramels and heavy whipping cream in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 1 minute.  Stir and then continue to microwave in 30 second intervals. Stirring after each interval until fully melted and smooth. 
melting caramel sauce in a bowl
  • Step 3 – Top Pecans – Pour approximately 1 tablespoon of the melted caramel on top of each pecan cluster.  Allow the mixture to set for the caramel to harden. 
Pecans topped with melted caramel
  • Step 4 – Melt Chocolate – Place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 1 minute.  Stir and then continue to microwave in 30 second intervals. Stirring after each interval until fully melted and smooth. 
  • Step 5 – Top Caramel – Pour approximately 2 teaspoons of the chocolate over the top of the caramel.  Sprinkle the sea salt on top. 
Chocolate Turtles stacked on a baking sheet
  • Step 6 – Serve and Enjoy – Allow the turtles to sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes for the chocolate to harden.  Then they are ready to serve and enjoy.  

Why we Love this Holiday Candy?

  • No Bake Treat – This is the perfect no bake treat to make for the holidays. I love to have the kids help place the pecans on the baking sheet.
  • Easy Ingredients – You only need a few ingredients to make this recipe. Budget friendly which makes it perfect for holiday gifts.
  • Homemade – There is nothing better than homemade candy especially for the holidays.
  • Amazing Flavor – The sweet and salty flavor is amazing and always a crowd favorite. This recipe is also super easy to make.
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Turtles Chocolate Candy Recipe Tips:

  • Melting Caramel – Melt caramel in a microwave-safe bowl but watch closely so it doesn’t burn.
  • Melting Chocolate – Melt chocolate in a medium bowl in 30 seconds intervals. Stir until melted thoroughly but do not burn.
  • Placing Pecans – Easily place the pecans in a cluster so you can easily place the caramel on top.
  • Toasted Pecans – While not necessary, if you have a few extra minutes to toast the pecans, it will enhance the flavor.

Variations Ideas:

  • Change the Nuts – You can change the nuts to slice almonds if you prefer. Chopped pecans can also be used.
  • Chocolate – Feel free to change the chocolate to what you prefer. You can use dark chocolate chip, white chocolate or milk chocolate chips.
  • Heavy Cream –  Just a tiny bit is needed to melt the caramels. Be careful that you don’t add too much heavy cream to the caramels.
  • Vanilla – You can easily add in vanilla to mix in to add a warm flavor to the chocolate and caramel.
  • Mini Chocolate Turtles – Feel free to make a smaller chocolate turtles, but using one pecan. Then top with the caramel and chocolate to create a mini turtle.
  • Coconut – Top with shredded coconut for amazing coconut flavor.
  • Dip in Melted Chocolate – For even more chocolate flavor, dip the entire turtle into melted chocolate.
  • Spicy Turtle – If you prefer a spicy chocolate flavor. You can add in a teaspoon of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes.
  • Christmas Turtles – Add red and green sprinkles to create a fun holiday candy.
  • Spoon Chocolate – Spoon chocolate or drizzle chocolate over the top of the clusters.
  • Crushed Pretzels – Crush pretzels and place them on the top of the melted chocolate. You can also mix in to add crunchy flavor.
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What does Chocolate Turtles taste like?

If you are looking for the perfect sweet and salty flavor candy, make these chocolate turtles. They have the perfect crunchy texture but soft on the inside.

Can I prepare ahead of time?

Yes, these are the perfect holiday candy and can be made ahead of time. These candy can easily be stored at room temperature for up to 3 weeks.

We like to enjoy them all holiday season like as they are easy to stored.

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How to Store Leftovers:

Store at room temperature in an airtight container or bag for up to 3 weeks.  

Can you Freeze Chocolate Turtles?

These chocolate turtles are great to freeze. Store in a freezer safe container with wax paper in between the layers. This allows you to take out as much as you need.

This is a great recipe to double to share with friends and family.

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Chocolate Turtles

5 from 1 vote
Chocolate Turtles is the perfect holiday candy. It is loaded with sweet and salty flavor and made with simple ingredients.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Sit a Room Temperature 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 224

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces Pecan Halves
  • 8 ounces Caramels
  • 1 Tablespoon Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 6 ounces Semi-Sweet Melting Chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
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Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Place 5 pecan halves in a cluster in a star shape onto the baking sheet.
  • Place the caramels and heavy whipping cream in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 1 minute.  Stir and then continue to microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until fully melted and smooth.
  • Pour approximately 1 tablespoon of the melted caramel on top of each pecan cluster.  Allow the mixture to set for the caramel to harden.
  • Place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 1 minute.  Stir and then continue to microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until fully melted and smooth.
  • Pour approximately 2 teaspoons of the chocolate over the top of the caramel.  Sprinkle the sea salt on top.
  • Allow the turtles to sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes for the chocolate to harden.  Then they are ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store at room temperature in an airtight container or bag for up to 3 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 224kcal, Carbohydrates 23g, Protein 3g, Fat 14g, Saturated Fat 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3g, Monounsaturated Fat 6g, Trans Fat 0.01g, Cholesterol 4mg, Sodium 242mg, Potassium 161mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 18g, Vitamin A 39IU, Vitamin C 0.2mg, Calcium 42mg, Iron 1mg

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