Turtle Candies Recipe


Turtle Candies
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As far as candy goes, is there anything better than a caramel, chocolate, and nuts combo? I think not. So when I found this recipe for Turtle Candies in my Aunt Carole’s cookbook I had to stop all manner of housework, to try it out. Laundry must wait for things like this. Unfortunately, it didn’t have to wait too long because with four simple ingredients, and the handy, dandy microwave they were done in no time. So no more excuses for not getting the laundry done.

Simple stuff y’all. Let me show ya…

Melt the caramels, and mix in toasted nuts.


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Then drop rounds of the mixture on a baking sheet to cool. They don’t have to be perfectly uniform. Personally, I think “rustic” is the way to go.


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Once cool, melt the chocolate and top the caramel/pecan drops with it.

Again, think “rustic.” Rustic is cool.


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Sprinkle a bit of salt on each one, and then pop one in your mouth while you throw a load in the dryer.


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I hope you enjoy this one y’all.
It’s good and simple. And certainly makes doing the laundry so much more tolerable.

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A simple recipe for chocolate caramel turtles adapted from Carole Radford's, Hearts Go Home For the Holidays.
Serves: About 4 dozen.
  • 4 cups pecan pieces
  • 14 oz caramels
  • 10 oz. chocolate chips
  • coarse salt for sprinkling
  1. Preheat oven to 250°F. Lightly salt pecans and toast on baking sheet for about 25-30 minutes.
  2. While pecans are toasting, melt caramels according to package directions. I melted them in the microwave and it was just fine and dandy.
  3. Mix toasted pecans into melted caramels. Slightly cool, so you can handle. Drop tablespoon size rounds onto buttered or lined baking sheet. If mixture begins to harden, reheat for a few seconds at a time in the microwave. Let cool.
  4. Melt chocolate chips according to package directions. Again, the microwave worked like a charm. Top each caramel/pecan drop with about 1 tablespoon of chocolate, and sprinkle with a little bit of salt. Let cool.
  5. Store in airtight container.
  6. Makes about 4 dozen.


Check out other recipes and fun stuff over at Mingle Monday with my friend Robyn, from Add a Pinch.

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  1. 14


    Laundry schmaundry! Love turtles. Love how simple they are with all the rustic steps. And I LOVE the salt on top!

  2. 15

    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. says

    omg love these! Hope you’re doing well! Happy Halloween to you!

  3. 18

    raquel says

    as I scrolling on how you do it step by step i am drooling lol….I love the thickness of the chocolate sooo delicious.

  4. 20

    LoveFeast Table says

    That looks like the most amazing piece of deliciousness – ever!!
    And lately I am just gaga about the little touch of salt.
    I’m going to blow up like a puffer fish because of it!
    ~Chris Ann

  5. 23


    oh my!!!! these look wonderful, Haven’t had a turtle in a long time….wishing I had these to snack on now, in the morning, afternoon, evening, next day…yep they look that good!

  6. 29

    Lauren at Keep It Sweet says

    It really doesn’t get much better than that! These wouldn’t last a second in my house.

  7. 30

    Georgia Pellegrini says

    The only problem with these is that I would instantly eat the whole tray! They look amaaazing.

  8. 32

    Wenderly says

    I could grow to love doing laundry if I had one of these in my mouth every time I threw in a load.

  9. 37

    Souffle Bombay (Colleen) says

    Brilliant! Turtles are one of my very favorite candies!! Your first photo is not only stunning – it led me to bang my hand against the screen trying to grab one!!

  10. 40

    Anne S. says

    We usually make peanute clusters at Christmas and my husband always says why don’t you make turtles. This year we will!
    Thanks for the simple and easy recipe!

    • 49


      Hmmm…I thought a Florentine was more like a thin cookie thingy?

      I’m going to look into it though. Whatever they’re called, I call them tasty. ; )

      ~ Amy

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