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The Best Chocolate Pecan Caramel Turtles Recipe

This Chocolate Pecan Turtles Recipe is better than you can find at any candy store. Made with pecan clusters, gooey caramel and rich chocolate, they are sure to be your new favorite homemade candy.

close up shot of homemade gourmet chocolate turtles

Homemade chocolate turtles are a classic candy treat that are beloved by many. These tasty treats are made with only a few simple ingredients, and are relatively easy to make at home.

The saltiness of the crunchy pecans mixed with the sweetness of the delicious chocolates is a match made in heaven. This is one of the best chocolates I’ve had in awhile, and they make a great chocolate gift too.

In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at what chocolate turtles are, how they’re made, and provide a step-by-step guide on how to make them at home.

If you love recipes with chocolate you should also try my Healthy Homemade Twix Bars Recipe (Gluten Free and Vegan) and my Dark Chocolate Protein Peanut Butter Cups.

WHAT ARE CHOCOLATE TURTLES?

Chocolate turtles are a candy that typically consists of a pecan, caramel, and chocolate. They are named after their resemblance to a turtle, with the pecan acting as the turtle’s head and the caramel and chocolate forming the shell.

These candies are typically sold in specialty candy shops, but they can also be made at home using a few simple ingredients.

They are perfect to make ahead for a mothers day treat, for Valentine’s Day, or for a gift basket or gift box.

side view of gooey caramel chocolates stacked on top of each other

INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED

You will need the following ingredients listed below to make the delicious turtles (the exact measurements and full recipe are in the recipe card at the bottom of the post):

  • Crisp pecans – pecan halves are best.
  • Creamy caramel squares – can also make homemade caramel if you prefer.
  • Chocolate chips – can use dark chocolate for dark chocolate turtles, belgian chocolate, rich milk chocolate, etc. Can also use a little bit of coconut oil to help get chocolate more silky smooth.
  • Optional ingredients for more rich gourmet chocolate turtles – corn syrup, heavy cream, cocoa butter, coarse sea salt, etc.

top down shot of crunchy pecans in a bowl with chocolate and caramel candies

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST CHOCOLATE TURTLES

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make homemade chocolate turtles:

Step 1: Toast the Pecans

Toast pecans in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 5-7 minutes. Toasting the pecans will give them a nice, nutty flavor that will complement the caramel and chocolate.

Step 2: Melt the Caramel

Next, melt your caramel candies in a double boiler over low heat. Stir the caramel constantly until it is melted and smooth.

Step 3: Assemble the Turtles

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper. Place clusters of three crispy pecans onto the wax paper, making sure that they are touching.

Spoon a small amount of melted caramel onto each cluster, making sure that it covers the pecans. Let the caramel cool for a few minutes.

top down shot of creamy caramel homemade turtles

Step 4: Melt the Chocolate

Melt your chocolate chips in a double boiler over low heat. Stir the chocolate constantly until it is melted and smooth.

Step 5: Coat the Turtles in Chocolate

Spoon a small amount of melted chocolate onto each turtle, making sure that it covers the buttery caramel. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt and let the chocolate cool for a few minutes.

Step 6: Let the Turtles Set

Once the chocolate has cooled, let the turtles set for a few hours. You can speed up the process by placing them in the refrigerator.

Step 7: Enjoy!

Once the turtles have set, they are ready to be enjoyed! Serve them on a plate or package them up as a gift for a friend or loved one.

TIPS FOR MAKING THE CHEWY CARAMEL HOMEMADE TURTLES

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when making homemade chocolate turtles:

  • Use high-quality ingredients – since there are only a few ingredients in chocolate turtles, it’s important to use the best quality ingredients you can find. Look for fresh pecans, high-quality chocolate chips, and good-quality caramel candies.
  • Be patient – letting the caramel and chocolate cool and set takes time, so be patient and don’t rush the process. This will ensure that your turtles come out looking and tasting great.
  • Customize your turtles – while the classic chocolate turtle is made with pecans, caramel, and chocolate, you can customize your turtles by using different nuts, adding sea salt, or drizzling them with white chocolate.

close up shot of chocolate turtles with flakey sea salt stacked on top of eachother

HOW TO STORE THE CARAMEL TURTLES

Homemade chocolate turtles can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Here are some tips to help you store them properly:

Room temperature storage: Chocolate turtles can be stored at room temperature if the temperature is not too warm. Place them in an airtight container or wrap them in plastic wrap and store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight or heat.

They can last for up to 2 weeks when stored at room temperature.

Refrigerator storage: You can also store chocolate turtles in the refrigerator, which can extend their shelf life. Wrap them in plastic wrap or place them in an airtight container and store them in the fridge.

They can last for up to 1 month in the refrigerator.

Freezer storage: If you want to store chocolate turtles for a longer period, you can freeze them. Wrap them in plastic wrap and place them in an airtight container or freezer bag.

They can last for up to 3 months in the freezer. When you want to enjoy them, simply let them thaw at room temperature for a few hours before serving.

Note: Chocolate turtles may develop a white film on the surface if they are exposed to moisture or temperature fluctuations. This is called “chocolate bloom” and while it may not look very appetizing, it is still safe to eat.

To avoid chocolate bloom, store chocolate turtles in a cool, dry place and avoid exposing them to moisture.

close up shot of homemade chocolate turtles on parchment paper

Homemade chocolate turtles are a delicious and classic candy treat that are easy to make at home. With just a few simple ingredients and some patience, you can create a sweet and nutty treat that’s perfect for sharing with friends and family.

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Yield: 12 chocolate turtles

The Best Chocolate Pecan Caramel Turtles Recipe

close up shot of homemade gourmet chocolate turtles

This Chocolate Pecan Turtles Recipe is better than you can find at any candy store. Made with pecan clusters, gooey caramel and rich chocolate, they are sure to be your new favorite homemade candy.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 36 pecan halves
  • 18-20 caramels
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

Instructions

    1. Toast pecans in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 5-7 minutes. Toasting the pecans will give them a nice, nutty flavor that will complement the caramel and chocolate.

    2. Next, melt your caramel candies in a double boiler over low heat. Stir the caramel constantly until it is melted and smooth.

    3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper. Place clusters of three crispy pecans onto the wax paper, making sure that they are touching. Spoon a small amount of melted caramel onto each cluster, making sure that it covers the pecans. Let the caramel cool for a few minutes.

    4. Melt your chocolate chips and coconut oil in a double boiler over low heat. Stir the chocolate constantly until it is melted and smooth.

    5. Spoon a small amount of melted chocolate onto each turtle, making sure that it covers the buttery caramel. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt and let the chocolate cool for a few minutes.

    6. Once the chocolate has cooled, let the turtles set for a few hours. You can speed up the process by placing them in the refrigerator.

    7. Once the turtles have set, they are ready to be enjoyed! Serve them on a plate or package them up as a gift for a friend or loved one.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 145Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 44mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g

The nutrition information provided is calculated based on industry-standard software and should be used as a general guide only. The information may vary depending on ingredient substitutions, cooking techniques, and individual serving sizes. It is the responsibility of the reader to ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of the nutritional information provided. Always consult a qualified healthcare provider for personalized medical or nutritional advice.

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  1. Terri Collins says:

    Your recipes look amazing! Can’t wait to try them. Thank you