Indulge your sweet tooth with our homemade Turtle Candy recipe. Loaded with crunchy pecans, rich caramel, and a decadent chocolate coating, this sweet treat is the perfect blend of flavors and textures.
Questions & Answers:
Q: Can I use other nuts instead of pecans?
A: Yes, while pecans are traditional in Turtle Candy, you can certainly use other nuts like walnuts, almonds, or cashews.
Q: What type of chocolate is best for Turtle Candy?
A: You can use either milk or dark chocolate, depending on your personal preference. Some people even like to use a mix of both!
Q: Can I add other ingredients to my Turtle Candy?
A: Absolutely! Consider adding a sprinkle of sea salt on top for a salted caramel effect, or drizzle white chocolate over the top for an extra layer of sweetness.
Our Turtle Candy with Pecans and Caramel is a simple yet indulgent treat that’s sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Try it for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments below!Print
12 ounces soft caramels (homemade or store-bought)
6 ounces pecans (halves, toasted)
8 ounces chocolate (semi-sweet, chips are fine)
Gather the ingredients.
Prepare a cookie sheet by covering it with aluminum foil or parchment, and spraying the foil or parchment with nonstick cooking spray.
Arrange the pecans in clusters of 4 with each pecan pointing in a different direction (like turtle legs). Alternately, you can just drop them in small clusters on the baking sheet.
Unwrap the caramels if wrapped and place them in a microwave-safe bowl. If they are very stiff, add a spoonful of water so the final product will be softer. Microwave them until melted, stirring after every 30 seconds.
Allow the caramel to cool slightly, so it’s not piping-hot, then use a spoon or a small candy scoop to drop a spoonful of caramel each pecan cluster. They are meant to be a rustic candy, so don’t worry about keeping the turtles round or about having some of the pecans poking through.
Melt chocolate chips in the microwave or over a double boiler.
Spoon the melted chocolate over the caramel layer, letting some drip down the sides, and nudging it around so it covers the top of the caramel completely.
Place the baking sheet of candies in the refrigerator to fully set the chocolate and caramel, for at least 30 minutes.
For the best taste and texture, serve the turtles at room temperature. Extras can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator or at cool room temperature for up to two weeks.
Q: What is Turtle Candy?
A: Turtle Candy is a type of candy that typically consists of pecans covered with a layer of caramel and then dipped in chocolate. They’re named for their shape, which resembles a turtle.
Q: How do you make Turtle Candy with Pecans and Caramel?
A: Start by arranging the pecans in clusters on a baking sheet. Then, prepare your caramel (either homemade or store-bought), and spoon it over the pecan clusters. Once the caramel has set, dip each cluster in melted chocolate and allow them to cool until the chocolate hardens.
Q: Can I make Turtle Candy in advance?
A: Yes, Turtle Candy can be made several days in advance and stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge.