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Easy Homemade Turtles Candy

If you love the combination of caramel, chocolate, and pecans, have I got an easy treat for you! These classic Turtles are a no-bake recipe. In fact, they’re easy that the kids can help you!

Candy Making Traditions

I don’t know about you but in my family we have some specific candy-making traditions that have stood the test of time. For instance, my grandmother passed down a recipe for hard candy that we made together every Christmas.

My mother was known for very specific candies, too–peanut brittle and turtles being high on the list. I’ve already posted the recipe for her luscious peanut brittle but today I decide to make her turtle recipe.

Only, I didn’t want to do it alone. It was important to me that I include some of my local grandkids. So, after church I picked up the ingredients from Walmart–pecans, caramel bits, and chocolate chips–then headed to my daughter’s house for a couple hours of fun with the kids.

There’s something so special about candy-making with loved ones. The process is so fun when the laughter of children fills the room. Sure, it’s a little messy–especially with all of that melted caramel and chocolate–but who cares? We had a blast working together and so will you!

And the finished product? Well, judge for yourself! Messy or not, these turtles were very much like my Mama’s. And we talked about her a l-o-t while we made them, which was lovely.

A little bittersweet, since she’s been in heaven for five years now, but lovely to remember how much she loved us. . .enough to fill our tummies every Christmas season with lots of homemade goodies.

I want my kiddos to know I love them, too. That’s one reason I bake for them. Offering sweet treats is one of the ways I show love to friends and family.

Now that I’ve taken you for a little trip down memory lane, let me give you the recipe for these delicious candies. You’re going to be shocked at how easy they are!

Homemade Turtles Ingredients

You will find a full printable recipe card at the bottom of this post but here’s a quick peek at what you’ll need. You might need to make a quick run to the grocery store to grab a couple of these items but they’re easy to find.

  • milk chocolate chips
  • vegetable oil (or coconut oil)
  • caramel bits
  • heavy cream
  • pecan halves

That’s it!

How to Make Easy Homemade Turtle Candies

These came together so easily! Best of all, you don’t need to heat up the oven or even use a saucepan. No candy thermometer necessary! You just need a couple of microwave-safe bowls, some waxed paper, (or parchment paper) and a bit of patience.

This recipe should make about 40 turtles. You don’t want to prep all of your caramel and chocolate in advance. I’m going to show you how to do it in two batches.

Start by placing waxed paper down on your workspace. If you like, you can place the pieces of waxed paper on cookie sheets so they’re easier to transfer later.

Arrange 4-5 pecan halves in clusters on the waxed paper. Start with 20 pecan clusters, since you’re working on a half batch at a time.

Put a full bag of caramel bits into a small bowl. Add 1 – 2 tablespoons of heavy cream. Heat in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring between each round, until smooth and creamy. Get rid of any lumps! Set aside to cool for a couple of minutes while you work on your chocolate. You don’t want to allow it to get to room temperature. “Slightly warm” is best.

Place half of the chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable (or coconut) oil. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring after each round, until smooth and creamy. Stir away all lumps. Set aside to cool.

Place a spoonful of caramel on top of each cluster.

After the caramel starts to firm up, add a spoonful of melted chocolate on top of each cluster.

If your waxed paper is already on a cookie sheet, go ahead and set it in the refrigerator for 20 – 30 minutes to solidify. If it’s not, gently slide the waxed paper and candies onto a large baking sheet before placing in the fridge.

While your first batch is solidifying it’s time to melt your leftover caramel and chocolate for round two. Basically, just repeat the process until all of your candies are made.

Remove candies from refrigerator and allow to continue to firm up. Store in an airtight container. They will stay good up to four weeks. You can freeze them up to two months.

What to Expect from These Candies

First of all. . .yum! They are every bit as good as I remembered and as luscious as any you would find in a candy shop. The crunch of the pecans, the gooey, chewy caramel, the sweet rich chocolate on top of the caramel. . .perfection!

You can also expect a bit of a mess, especially if you’re working with kids. We ended up with waxed paper covered in ribbons of chocolate and strings of sticky caramel.

In the end it didn’t matter one bit! Once those delicious turtles firmed up, that waxed paper got tossed in the trash.

These pecan turtles make great gifts! They would also be a lovely addition to a cookie exchange tray. No matter who you give them to, they are going to be enjoyed and appreciated!

Variations on this Recipe

Easy Homemade Turtles Candy from Out of the Box Baking.com

I asked my grandkids for ideas and here are a few we came up with:

Stir pecans into caramel and drop by spoonful on waxed paper. Add melted chocolate on top.

Place the melted caramel and chocolate into piping bags and apply to pecans that way. (It might be less messy than spooning it, to be honest.) This method was used in my Twix cookies and it worked beautifully.

Not a fan of pecans? Use macadamia nuts instead of pecans and sprinkle the turtles with sweetened coconut flakes before the chocolate firms up.

Another option would be almonds and coconut. (Much like an Almond Joy but with the addition of caramel. Delicious!)

Experiment with different types of chocolate. We used milk chocolate but you might prefer semi-sweet or dark chocolate. You can even purchase Espresso chocolate chips if you like coffee flavor.

Sea Salt: If you like, you can sprinkle the caramel with a bit of sea salt before adding the chocolate.

Other Caramel Favorites from Out of the Box Baking

Love caramel? (Me too!) Here are some of my favorite caramel-infused recipes:

  • Easy Twix Cookies from Scratch: If you love a good shortbread crust and you’re also a huge fan of caramel and chocolate, have I got a treat for you! These easy Twix cookies come together quickly and require very few ingredients!
  • Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies: If you enjoy the combination of salted caramel and chocolate, you’re going to love this amazing new recipe. It’s rich and decadent, loaded with sweetness and an added pinch of salt. It’s also soft and gooey, coated with sticky deliciousness!
  • Butter Pecan Bundt Cake (with praline topping): If you’re crazy about brown butter and pecans you’re going to love this easy cake. It’s topped with a crunchy praline topping and rich with flavor. Best of all, it starts with a boxed mix! Easy-breezy!
  • Easy Pecan Pie Cookies: In this post I’m going to show you how to make a simple pecan pie cookie, perfect for a quick treat! This recipe will be particularly exciting during the holiday season.

Other Homemade Candy Recipes from Out of the Box Baking

Nothing tops homemade candy and we’ve got some great recipes here at Out of the Box. Here are some of my personal favorites:

Easy 3-Ingredient Fudge: This is the perfect easy fudge recipe, only calling for three ingredients: chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and Oreos! What a wonderful holiday treat!

Easy Peanut Butter Snowballs: If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas candy, one rich with flavor, you’re going to love these delicious snowballs!

Old-Fashioned Divinity: If you love the light, sweet texture and flavor of divinity but you’ve been scared to make it because you think it’s too difficult, think again! This easy recipe comes together with ease. . .and tastes amazing. You’re going to love this southern confection!

Easy Peanut Brittle: If you love the crisp sweet flavor of brittle with the yummy crunch of peanuts, this is the recipe for you. This brittle is a family recipe, passed down over multiple generations. It’s easy, and definitely one you’ll pass on to your friends and loved ones.


That’s it for this post, y’all! I hope you’ve enjoy this mergence of chocolate and caramel in this homemade turtle candy recipe. There’s a reason you’ll find these two ingredients listed together so frequently. It’s a luscious combination!

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Easy Homemade Turtles Candy

Easy Homemade Turtles Candy

Yield: 40
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

If you love the combination of caramel, chocolate, and pecans, have I got an easy treat for you! These classic Turtles are a no-bake recipe. In fact, they're easy that the kids can help you!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pecan halves (more or less)
  • FOR THE CARAMEL
  • 2 11-ounce packages of caramel bits
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • FOR THE CHOCOLATE:
  • 1 large bag milk chocolate chips (23 oz)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or coconut oil

Instructions

    How to Make Easy Homemade Turtle Candies

These came together so easily! Best of all, you don't need to heat up the oven or even use a saucepan. You just need a couple of microwave-safe bowls, some waxed paper, and a bit of patience.

This recipe should make about 40 turtles. You don't want to prep all of your caramel and chocolate in advance. I'm going to show you how to do it in two batches.

Start by placing waxed paper down on your workspace. If you like, you can place the pieces of waxed paper on cookie sheets so they're easier to transfer later.

Put a full bag of caramel bits into a small bowl. Add 1 - 2 tablespoons of heavy cream. Heat in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring between each round, until smooth and creamy. Get rid of any lumps! Set aside to cool for a couple of minutes while you work on your chocolate.

Place half of the chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable (or coconut) oil. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after each round, until smooth and creamy. Stir away all lumps. Set aside to cool.

Arrange 4-5 pecan halves in clusters on the waxed paper. Start with 20 clusters, since you're working on a half batch at a time.

Place a spoonful of caramel on top of each cluster.

After the caramel starts to firm up, add a spoonful of melted chocolate on top of each cluster.

If your waxed paper is already on a cookie sheet, go ahead and set it in the refrigerator for 20 - 30 minutes to solidify. If it's not on a cookie sheet, gently slide the waxed paper and candies onto the sheet before placing in the fridge.


While your first batch is solidifying it's time to melt your leftover caramel and chocolate for round two. Basically, just repeat the process until all of your candies are made.

Remove candies from refrigerator and allow to continue to firm up. Store in an airtight container. They will stay good up to four weeks. You can freeze them up to two months.

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Sunday 20th of November 2022

[…] Easy Homemade Turtles: If you love the combination of caramel, chocolate, and pecans, have I got an easy treat for you! These classic Turtles are a no-bake recipe. In fact, they’re easy that the kids can help you! […]

Josephine Williams

Wednesday 16th of November 2022

I will truly try them after Thanksgiving my favorite nut is pecans and I love turtle candy. Thanks for the recipe God bless keep on cooking the sweets

booksbyjanice

Wednesday 16th of November 2022

This is one of my favorite candies. I always think about my Mama when I eat them because she was the one who taught us the recipe!

Desiree Martin

Sunday 13th of November 2022

This recipe sounds yummy! My question is can you use butter instead of oil?

booksbyjanice

Sunday 13th of November 2022

I would opt for coconut oil if you don't have vegetable oil. I haven't tried butter. I know butter has some water content, which may be problematic.

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Tuesday 8th of November 2022

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Joan Weaver

Tuesday 8th of November 2022

Looks yummy! I have an easier recipe, however. Tree Rollo candies and three whole pecans melted together in a oven on a cookie sheet on parchment paper. Use lower oven temp until chocolate looks wet then quickly smush them together with the back of a spoon.

booksbyjanice

Tuesday 8th of November 2022

I saw that one! The reason I went with this one is because of my mama (who passed away in 2017). This is how she made them. I'll try the other way at some point!

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