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!

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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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