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Easy Homemade Turtles

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These Easy Homemade Turtles are a quick no-bake holiday treat, that are both sweet and salty. My mom made these at Christmas time, and they are bringing back all the memories.

Overhead shot of double stacked white bowls filled with small homemade turtle candies, and some sprinkled around on a blue and white napkin.

According to Wikipedia, Turtles are a candy made with pecans and caramel dipped in chocolate, with a shape resembling a turtle. The name is trademarked by DeMet’s Candy Company. However, if you look at this original turtle candy, you will notice that they don’t look all that much like an actual turtle. 😛 GASP! So THIS recipe? They look like turtles.

Nuts were definitely not a thing for me back in the old days. I strongly disliked them, and my siblings and I made sure Mom always left nuts out of at least half of whatever she was baking. So even though I remember her making turtles for us, I personally never ate them.

Now I actually have a special bin in my pantry for nuts, because we eat a lot of them. Cases in point – Cinnamon Sugar Candied Pecans, Cinnamon Nut Granola, Honey Roasted Nuts, Trail Mix Granola Bars, and so on.

Side shot of homemade turtles spread out on a white background with blue and white napkin.

When I was brainstorming recipe ideas lately, I realized I had ALL of the ingredients for turtles in my pantry. Happy dance! Love it when that happens.

My turtles have only four ingredients (plus a sprinkling of salt).

  • pecans
  • caramel
  • half and half
  • chocolate

I felt like I was doing an actual art project when putting these cute little things together. And there is something you should know. I’m NOT crafty or artsy. AT ALL.

Process shots of 1) small bowls of chocolate, pecans, and caramels, 2) showing the layers of the nuts and then caramel added, and 3) showing the chocolate and salt on top.

My tips for making delicious (and cute) turtles:

  1. Use two pecans (for the body) plus one half of a pecan (for the head).
  2. When melting the caramel and the chocolate, do it in increments and stir so you don’t burn it.
  3. You may need to add extra half and half to the caramel (and maybe even microwave it again) as you design the turtles, because the caramel will start to set up.
  4. Refrigerate after the caramel layer, to make it set up faster.
  5. Do all of the caramel layer before melting the chocolate.
  6. Have fun, along with a little patience.

This guy (see below) is pretty cute, isn’t he? 🙂

It’s holiday time, and that means it’s time to make aaaaaall the treats and things. I LOVE this time of year, and the kitchen is my favorite room of the house.

Nothing’s stopping me now.

Enjoy!

Side shot of my hand holding one homemade turtle.

Make these cookies next: Best Ever Peanut Butter Cookies

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xoxo ~Sue

Overhead shot of double stacked white bowls filled with small homemade turtle candies, and some sprinkled around on a blue and white napkin.

Easy Homemade Turtles

Sue Ringsdorf
These Easy Homemade Turtles are an easy no-bake treat, that are both sweet and salty. My mom made these for us at holiday time, and they are bring back all the memories.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
resting time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 35 small turtles
Calories 80 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 5 oz. pecan halves
  • 30 Kraft caramels
  • 2 Tablespoons half and half – or more
  • 4 oz. Ghirardelli bittersweet baking bar
  • sprinkle of kosher salt

Instructions
 

  • Take two baking sheets and line them with parchment paper.
  • Lay the pecans out on the pans, forming turtles. Use two pecan halves for the body, and half of one (cut the long way) for the head. (See blog post for more details.)
  • Melt the caramel and half and half in microwave, stirring every 45 seconds, until melted. I use 50% power. Spoon about a teaspoon in the center of each little turtle. This gets sticky, so you may need another spoon (or your finger) to scoop the caramel off.  Refrigerate until set.
  • Melt the chocolate in the microwave, at 50% power. This should only take a minute or so. Spoon a mound of chocolate over each mound of caramel. Sprinkle lightly with kosher salt, and return trays to the refrigerator until set.
  • Store turtles in freezer, layering parchment paper in between to prevent sticking.

Notes

  1. Use two pecans (for the body) plus one half of a pecan (for the head).
  2. When melting the caramel and the chocolate, do it in increments and stir so you don’t burn it.
  3. You may need to add extra half and half to the caramel (and maybe even microwave it again) as you design the turtles, because the caramel will start to set up.
  4. The turtles can be sticky because some of the caramel sinks between the pecan halves. You could use more chunks of small pecans to keep the caramel from seeping through.

Nutrition

Calories: 80kcalCarbohydrates: 8gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 21mgPotassium: 54mgSugar: 6gVitamin A: 10IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 0.3mg
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3 Comments

  1. So cool. I love the bite size snack. With that, I don’t feel so bad for eating several. These are awesome!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks Natalie! I love holiday baking (or no baking)! 🙂

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