Turtle Candies

As far as candy goes, turtles are right at the top of the list in my opinion.  They have some competition from peanut M&Ms and Milky Way’s, but it really doesn’t get much better than pecans covered in carmel and then smothered in chocolate.  Especially when you can make this tasty treat at home!

I think the first time I tried a turtle was one Christmas when I received a box of them as a gift.  Man oh man.  They were so good.  It’s just the perfect combination.  Pecans + Caramel + Chocolate.  Ever since then, I always did my very best to pick out the turtles from the assorted boxes of chocolates before everyone else could get to them. 😀 It never really occurred to me to try making my own turtles at home though!  A few weeks ago when I asked for your feedback, Mrs. Jean brought up the idea for me though!  Thank you!

Turtle Candy | the little blue mixer

There was another reason turtles turned out to be a pretty perfect thing to whip up this week – no real baking required!  Which worked out great because I haven’t had a kitchen for about three weeks now!  Ahh, I know.  I’m going a little crazy.  We were all ready to move into our very own house when the closing was unfortunately pushed back.  For a month.  Needless to say, it has been a crazy few weeks for us.  BUT, we found the cutest little studio apartment to live in until we could move into our house, and it has been such a blessing.  We took some time to relax and explore a whole new part of town.  The only downfall is there isn’t an oven or stove in the kitchenette.  It was a little tricky at times, but we managed to make some inventive and delicious meals!

Turtle Candy | the little blue mixer

Now, back to this week’s dessert.  I needed something that I could make without having to truly bake anything, and these turtles were perfect.  Anyone can make these!

Turtle Candy | the little blue mixer

To start off, gather some chocolate chips, caramel squares, milk, pecans, and parchment paper.  (I used aluminum foil because it was all I had, but parchment or wax paper would be much easier.)

The first thing I did was lightly toast the pecans.  I used a little toaster oven, but you can also toast pecans in a skillet, in the oven, or even in the microwave.  Just be sure to keep a close eye on them so they don’t burn.

Turtle Candy | the little blue mixer

When the pecans were ready, I arranged them in small clusters of about 3-4 pecans a piece.

Turtle Candy | the little blue mixer

Next, I unwrapped the caramels and put them in a microwave safe bowl.  I added about a tablespoon of milk to the mixture and alternated microwaving the mixture for 15 seconds and stirring.  After about a minute total in the microwave, you should have a pretty smooth mixture.

Using a spoon, I dropped caramel on top of the pecans and let them sit for a short while to cool.  Try to make sure the caramel touches all of the pecans or the turtle won’t hold together very well in the end.

Turtle Candy | the little blue mixer

Last, I placed the semi-sweet chocolate chips in a bowl and alternated microwaving and stirring until it was nice and smooth.

Turtle Candy | the little blue mixer

To finish the turtles, I poured a nice amount of chocolate on top of the clusters and then put them in the fridge to harden.

Turtle Candy | the little blue mixerTurtle Candy | the little blue mixer

That’s all you have to do!  This is such a delicious treat.  Now that I know just how easy and tasty this homemade version is, I’m afraid they will be showing up more often. 😉

Turtle Candy | the little blue mixer

Just look at that gooey deliciousness.  I couldn’t resist.

Turtle Candy | the little blue mixerTurtle Candy | the little blue mixer

Thank you for stopping by the blog today!  I had fun making these delicious treats, and I hope you enjoyed them too!

I will be sharing this over at Fiesta Friday.  Feel free to go check out all of the festivities over there!


24 thoughts on “Turtle Candies

  1. These look scrumptious! And what a struggle to have no oven or stovetop (no oven…okay, but no stovetop–ack!), though you’ve handled the situation with such good humour and creativity 🙂

  2. We never really bought turtles or any candy when I was growing up – That made these so much more special when someone gave us a box at Christmas. But these – wow! I am going to add them to my Xmas baking list! 🙂 Happy FF!

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