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The recipe for the best chocolate pecan turtles is right here. These decadent morsels are perfectly chocolatey with a buttery caramel layer and the pecans give a crunchy bite that’s a deliciously sweet treat to make and enjoy all year round.
Making it is so ridiculously simple and effortless, that you could actually get your kids involved in making these too! (They don’t have to look perfect, they’ll taste delicious!!).
Ingredients needed for this 3 Ingredient Turtle Candy Recipe
- Pecans: Pecans lend that nice crunch factor to the candy. These are an absolute must. Choose roasted and salted pecans for this treat. The roasting helps bring out the nutty flavor, and the salt helps to accentuate the sweetness in the rest of the ingredients. If you purchase raw pecans, toast them before you make the recipe.
- Caramel: Use chewy caramels and melt them in the microwave or according to the package directions. Do not use caramel sauce as it won’t harden.
- Chocolate: Use a good quality chocolate bar for the best taste and flavor. You can use dark chocolate to help offset some of the sweetness from the caramel. If you have a sweet tooth, feel free to use milk chocolate.
- Salt: This is optional. Sprinkling a little salt over top the chocolate at the ends helps heighten the rest of the flavors.
How to Make the Best Chocolate Pecan Turtles
- Arrange pecans on a lined baking sheet
- Melt caramel and drizzle over the pecans, not covering them completely.
- Top with melted chocolate.
- Allow to harden. Enjoy.
A printable recipe card with exact amounts, directions, tips, and hints is at the bottom of this post.
Tips & Variations for this Homemade Turtles Candy Recipe
- To bring a bit of salty deliciousness into the candy, you can also sprinkle some flaky sea salt on the top while the chocolate is still warm.
- Make sure you keep stirring the melted caramels and chocolate as you’re melting them, especially if you’re using the microwave. Stop at every 10-15 second intervals and stir to keep them from burning.
- You can also swap the pecans for any other nuts of your choice, and bring a bit of variation into the recipe. Walnuts, macadamia nuts, and almonds are some good choices.
- To make the turtle candy more crunchy and delicious, use lightly toasted nuts.
- Feel free to use a mix of milk chocolate and white chocolate, or even all white chocolate if you want to, based on your taste preference.
- To help the chocolate melt nicely and to give it that nice shell-like snap factor after it hardens, you can also add a bit of coconut oil into the mix.
- To make the turtle candy look festive and give it that holiday theme, you can also top it with the holiday sprinkles of your choice.
- Use silicone liners, parchment paper or wax paper to make the candy turtles. Doing this will make it easier for you to peel them off the sheet.
How to Serve These Pecan Clusters
This crunchy and delicious turtle candy can be enjoyed as a sweet treat, a snack, or even a dessert bite.
They also make for a beautiful Christmas present when packed into clear candy bags and tied with pretty bows.
Storage Ideas & Suggestions
This 3 ingredient turtle candy can be batch-made in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. When you want to serve them, remove them from the fridge and allow them to come to room temperature. There may be some condensation that collects on them, but I don’t worry about that. If it bothers you, lightly blot them with a paper towel.
They also freeze very well. I recommend stacking them and separating them with pieces of parchment paper or waxed paper to keep them from sticking or freezing together.
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- 60 Pecan halves (or about 1 1/4 cups)
- 6 ounces Caramels
- 4 ounces of chocolate (chocolate bar or chocolate chips, about 3/4 cup)
- Flakes of salt for a hint of flavor
- Arrange the pecans on a parchment-lined board. Lay out 5 pecans each, which will form the base for the turtles (head and four feet).
- Unwrap and melt the caramels in the microwave until smooth and pliable. Turn on the microwave for 20-30 second intervals. It may seem like it's taking forever, but it's important to take your time so you don't overheat and scorch the caramel. You will need about 1-1 1/2 minutes.
- Using a spoon, spread the melted caramel over each nut cluster, taking care to make sure it partially covers all 5 pecans. You want the pecans to show as this forms part of the turtle, but you also want the caramel to bind all the nuts together.
Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
- Remove the tray after cooling and melt the chocolate in the microwave to make it smooth. Carefully coat each pecan cluster with the melted chocolate.
- Optionally, you can sprinkle some flaky salt at this point over the tops.
- Place in the fridge again for 20 - 30 minutes to allow everything to harden and set up.
Here are a few ways to switch up the flavors for your chocolate turtles.
Different nuts (almonds, walnuts, or even hazelnuts. If you're using hazelnuts, use two nuts for each pecan half).
Try mixing a small amount of coffee or instant coffee grinds into the chocolate for an intense chocolate/coffee flavor. (I recommend only gifting these ones to adults!).
Try using different chocolate (milk chocolate, white chocolate, etc) or try drizzling white chocolate over the tops for a different look to the turtle candy.
The sprinkled salt over the tops is optional, but instead of salt, you could try using coconut shreds, colorful sprinkles, crushed peppermint candies for Christmas, or even some gold dust if you're feeling fancy 🙂
Double this recipe easily by doubling the ingredients for more turtle clusters.
Check the body of the post for storage guidelines.
Amount Per Serving Calories 156Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 3mgSodium 91mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 1gSugar 14gProtein 2g
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands used, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.