This simple guide to making your own Chocolate Turtles offers the perfect blend of sugary and savory flavors. Indulge in each mouthful of gooey caramel, crispy pecans, and heavenly chocolate.

Chocolate Turtles stacked together.
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Chocolate Turtles Recipe

Homemade caramel turtles are incredibly delicious. Once you try making your own chocolate turtles, you’ll become addicted. Creating homemade candy is simple and the outcome is mouthwatering.

The sweet and salty combination in homemade chocolate turtles make this so tasty. Also, the sea salt on top adds to the candy recipe. It is fabulous.

Why is it called Chocolate Turtles?

This candy is called Chocolate Turtles because it looks like a turtle once the ingredients are arranged. Turtles candy originated in the 1900’s by a candy chef named Louis Gordon Hooper.

It is currently made by the DeMet’s Candy Company in Chicago.

You will love Chocolate Turtles recipe because:

  • It is so easy using a microwave. You don’t need the oven or even a candy thermometer to make this recipe.
  • Only 5 ingredients. The entire recipe is just 5 easy ingredients!
  • Homemade candy saves money. It is very simple and saves money to make this at home.
  • Sweet and Salty. The combination of sweet and salty flavors is delicious.

Ingredients for Chocolate Turtles.

Ingredients: 

  • Pecan Halves 
  • Caramels 
  • Heavy Whipping Cream 
  • Semi-Sweet Melting Chocolate 
  • Sea Salt 

How to Make Chocolate Turtles:

  • Step 1. Prepare the baking sheet. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
Pecans on a baking sheet.

  • Step 2. Arrange the pecans. Place 5 pecan halves in a cluster in a star shape onto the baking sheet. Another option is to use chopped pecans if that is all you have.
  • Step 3. Melt the caramel. Place the caramels and heavy whipping cream in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 1 minute. 

    Stir and then continue to microwave in 30 second intervals. Stir after each interval until fully melted and smooth. 
Melted caramel in a bowl.

  • Step 4. Top the pecans with melted caramel. Pour approximately 1 tablespoon of the melted caramel on top of each pecan cluster.  Allow the mixture to set for the caramel to harden. 
Pecans topped with caramel on baking sheet.

  • Step 5. Melt the chocolate. Place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 1 minute. 

    Stir and then continue to microwave in 30 second intervals. Stir after each interval until fully melted and smooth. 
  • Step 6. Top with chocolate. Pour approximately 2 teaspoons of the chocolate over the top of the caramel. 
Chocolate and sea salt on pecans.

  • Step 7. Add the sea salt. Sprinkle the sea salt on top. 
  • Step 8. Allow to set. Allow the turtles to sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes for the chocolate to harden.  Then they are ready to serve and enjoy!  

Chocolate Turtles stacked together.

Storage and Freezing

Store turtles in an airtight container or bag at room temperature up to 3 weeks.  Make sure to store them in a cool place so the chocolate does not melt.

Freezer:

Prolong the shelf life of this candy or make in advance by freezing them. Place the turtles inside a freezer container and separate the layers with parchment paper.

Freeze up to 2 months. Allow to thaw at room temperature when ready to serve. This is a great make ahead method for holidays and such.

Chocolate Turtles stacked together.

Expert Tips:

  • Caramels. You can use your favorite brand of chewy caramels. We love Kraft or Werther’s caramels.
  • Heavy Cream. Just a tiny bit is needed to melt the caramels. Be careful that you don’t add too much heavy cream to the caramels.
  • Chocolate. Semi sweet chocolate instead of milk chocolate is perfect in this recipe. You can also use chocolate chips if you prefer.
  • Toasted pecans. While not necessary, if you have a few extra minutes to toast the pecans, it will enhance the flavor.
  • Don’t overcook the caramel. You do not want to burn the caramel so make sure that you melt in intervals.
  • Almonds. Substitute almonds in this recipe for another great flavor.
  • Overlap the pecans. It is helpful to slightly overlap the nuts so the caramel does not ooze out.
Chocolate Turtles stacked together.

This recipe is so easy and does not require any baking or candy thermometers. The chocolate and caramel can be melted in the microwave without much work or time.

Chocolate Turtles stacked together.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Chocolate Turtles made of?

This candy is made with chocolate, caramel and pecans.

How do you melt the caramel?

Melt the caramel in the microwave for about a minute total using a microwave safe bowl. However, melt in 30 second increments so it does not overcook.

Stir in between each interval. Continue to microwave until it is completely melted. The heavy cream will help produce a creamy texture.

What does Homemade Chocolate Turtles taste like?

It is a sweet and salty combination of flavors in each bite. The texture is soft from the caramel and crunchy from the pecans. It all comes together for a delicious candy.

What’s the best chocolate to use?

You can use melting chocolate or chocolate chips. Choose your favorite type of chocolate. Some ideas include dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate or milk chocolate.

Can I use a different type of nut?

While Turtles are traditionally made with pecans, you can substitute other nuts if desired. You can use peanuts or almonds.

Chocolate Turtles stacked together.

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Chocolate Turtles

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This simple guide to making your own Chocolate Turtles offers the perfect blend of sugary and savory flavors. Indulge in each mouthful of gooey caramel, crispy pecans, and heavenly chocolate.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Allow to sit at Room Temperature 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 224

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces Pecan Halves
  • 8 ounces Caramels
  • 1 Tablespoon Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 6 ounces Semi-Sweet Melting Chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
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Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Place 5 pecan halves in a cluster in a star shape onto the baking sheet.
  • Place the caramels and heavy whipping cream in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 1 minute.  Stir and then continue to microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until fully melted and smooth.
  • Pour approximately 1 tablespoon of the melted caramel on top of each pecan cluster.  Allow the mixture to set for the caramel to harden.
  • Place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 1 minute.  Stir and then continue to microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until fully melted and smooth.
  • Pour approximately 2 teaspoons of the chocolate over the top of the caramel.  Sprinkle the sea salt on top.
  • Allow the turtles to sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes for the chocolate to harden.  Then they are ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store at room temperature in an airtight container or bag for up to 3 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 224kcal, Carbohydrates 23g, Protein 3g, Fat 14g, Saturated Fat 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3g, Monounsaturated Fat 6g, Trans Fat 0.01g, Cholesterol 4mg, Sodium 242mg, Potassium 161mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 18g, Vitamin A 39IU, Vitamin C 0.2mg, Calcium 42mg, Iron 1mg

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