Homemade Chocolate Caramel Turtles are so simple to make, and everyone will be impressed that you made this candy from scratch. Turtle candy is one of the simplest chocolate candy recipes that you can make in your own kitchen. You only need four ingredients and about an hour of hands-on time to whip up a batch of homemade chocolate turtles. This turtle candy recipe is so easy that you don't even need a candy thermometer to make it.
Using toasted pecans helps give these chocolate turtles great flavor. The caramel and chocolate coating combine to create a rich and indulgent treat that is perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth. The great thing about these chocolate caramel turtles is that you can use whatever chocolate you like, whether it is milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or semisweet chocolate chips. It is also easy to dress up these caramel turtles for the holidays! Simply top them with a drizzle of white chocolate and colorful sprinkles for a festive treat.
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Cooking MethodNo Bake
- 1 cup whole pecans, toasted
- 12 caramels, unwrapped (about a quarter of a package)
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 1/2 cup chopped chocolate or chocolate chips
Begin by arranging the pecans in 15 small clusters (about 4 nuts each) on a wax paper-lined baking sheet.
Combine the caramels and water in a bowl. Melt the caramel in the microwave or over a double boiler. If using the microwave, microwave the caramels at a low power level for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between. If using a double boiler, stir constantly until the caramel is smooth and completely melted.
After the caramels have melted, spoon about one teaspoon of caramel over each cluster of pecans. Allow the caramel to cool and set up while you melt the chocolate.
Melt the chocolate in a bowl in the microwave or over a double boiler. If using the microwave, heat at a low power level for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between. If using a double boiler, stir occasionally until the chocolate is smooth and completely melted.
Spoon the melted chocolate over each caramel pecan cluster, covering completely.
Refrigerate the turtles for at least 30 minutes to allow them to set up.
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