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Turtle Candies

Pecan clusters covered in caramel and chocolate. A classic!
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 5 minutes
Chilling time 45 minutes
Total 20 minutes
Servings 24 turtles
Calories 187 kcal
Author Michelle


  • 120 pecan halves
  • 14 ounce caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 12 ounces milk chocolate chip
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
US Customary - Metric


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. On the baking sheet arrange clusters of five pecans in the shape of a turtle's head and four legs.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the caramels and water, stirring constantly, until completely melted and smooth.
  4. Spread a spoonful of caramel sauce over each cluster or pecans, ensuring that the caramel is touching each pecan. Place in the refrigerator until set, about 15 minutes.
  5. Place the chocolate chips and shortening in a small bowl and place in the microwave on 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds, until completely melted and smooth.
  6. Spread a spoonful of the melted chocolate on top of the caramel and allow to sit at room temperature until the chocolate is completely set, about 30 minutes. The turtle candies can be stored in an airtight container, with a layer of wax or parchment paper between layers, at room temperature. They can also be stored in the refrigerator, but allow them to come to room temperature before serving, as the caramel layer will be too hard to eat straight out of the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Turtle Candies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 187 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 50mg2%
Potassium 64mg2%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 45IU1%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.